February 6, 2013 We used to have three bona fide dynasties: the Yankees in baseball, the Celtics and Lakers in basketball, and the Cowboys in football. We even had dynasties in college sports. But no more. Commentator Frank Deford says our dynasties are melting as fast as the Arctic ice cap.
February 5, 2013 The power-outage at the Super Bowl in New Orleans was a reminder that the power circulating through our lives is a strange, modern miracle of science. It's a miracle we take for granted now, at our own peril.
February 5, 2013 Two years after the fall of Hosni Mubarak's regime, Egypt is suffering from economic instability and political strife. Emad Hajjaj wonders whether the country's hard-won freedoms can survive, while Luojie isn't sure that President Mohamed Morsi is equal to Egypt's problems.
February 4, 2013 Is Hillary Clinton's political stature a reflection of how far women have come? Commentator Tania Lombrozo considers what psychological research can tell us about public perceptions of women in power.
February 4, 2013 The desert has inspired a rich literary landscape. Author Ruben Martinez recommends three reads that examine it both literally and figuratively. Do you have a favorite book that takes place in the desert? Tell us in the comments.
February 4, 2013 Proposals to overhaul U.S. immigration law have been laid out, and now the political wrangling begins in earnest. Rick McKee thinks so-called amnesty offers are unfair to other applicants, while Nick Anderson predicts a shift in the GOP's position on immigration.
February 3, 2013 Murderous cats are in the headlines this week. Commentator and cat-rescuer Barbara J. King questions the reliability of the new, extreme cat-killer statistics, which appear in a "meta-study" that she says makes some questionable assumptions.
February 3, 2013 Guns N' Roses epitomized all of the glamour of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. But, author Alex Stone writes, Duff McKagan's memoir shows the ugly underside of the legendary rock group. What's your favorite music memoir? Tell us in the comments.
February 3, 2013 Put down that chicken wing and put in your two cents. Fake your way at least well into the third quarter, when everyone else at your party Sunday is well into their Bud Lights.
February 3, 2013 OK, America, it's time to set aside arguments about guns, immigration and the budget. Who will win Super Bowl XLVII — the Baltimore Ravens or the San Francisco 49ers? Bill Day thinks he knows what everyone will be thinking about today, while Mike Smith is still waiting for President Obama's pick.
February 2, 2013 San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith will be on the sidelines of the Super Bowl this weekend, after suffering a concussion midway through the season. Now he's counseling teammate Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback who replaced him. "The good ones stay ready," he says.
February 2, 2013 Throughout North America, wily woodchucks will predict if winter will continue for six more weeks. Randy Bish ponders whether petulance will prevent a prediction out of Punxsutawney, Pa., while Rick McKee thinks if you want to escape the cold, you can't go wrong with a little self help.
February 1, 2013 Football may be dangerous. But the Super Bowl is a spectacle of beauty. It is an opportunity for us to adore the magnificent achievement of courageous men. That's why philosopher Alva Noë will be watching.
February 1, 2013 Former Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry is scheduled to be sworn in Friday as U.S. secretary of state. Petar Pismestrovic acknowledges the weighty burden borne by outgoing Secretary Hillary Clinton, while John Deering suggests what might be next for her.