March 22, 2013 The Vernal Equinox has come and gone, but spring will be a little late this year for much of North America. Bob Englehart is having fun without the sun, but Dave Granlund is concerned about the green it'll take to deal with it.
March 21, 2013 Results from the European Planck satellite point to an older and slower universe. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says the data gives us confidence that cosmology is on the right track to explain the Universe in which we live.
March 21, 2013 Republican Sen. Rob Portman recently announced that after years of opposition, he now supports same-sex marriage. He credits his own gay son with helping to change his mind. NPR's Michel Martin suggests politicians look out for all constituents' needs and rights, not just those inspired by family ties.
March 21, 2013 Morality emerges from our evolved nature: so claims primatologist Frans de Waal, who takes aim in his new book at the view that morality comes from God. Commentator Barbara J. King finds de Waal's argument persuasive.
March 21, 2013 President Obama arrived in Israel on Wednesday for his first official visit. He met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and is scheduled to meet with Palestinians in the West Bank. Yaakov Kirschen is hoping for a lessening in hostilities, while Luojie thinks more outreach might help.
March 20, 2013 Can science explain the origins of the universe, of life and of the mind? Not completely, it turns out. But how far can it go in answering them? Commentator Marcelo Gleiser starts digging into these questions.
March 20, 2013 Ten years ago this week, U.S.-led forces attacked Iraq. Pat Bagley made it clear how he stood on the issue in 2003, when Nick Anderson took a more traditional stance.
March 19, 2013 The Transportation Safety Administration will lift carry-on restrictions on small knives along with sporting equipment, like golf clubs. Nate Beeler sees little danger from the golf clubs, while Dave Granlund is less worried about the knives than about who'll be allowed to carry them.
March 18, 2013 Rand Paul's nearly 13-hour filibuster has renewed the nation's debate over the use of drones and targeted killing. Commentator Tania Lombrozo says findings from moral psychology should give us pause to think and reflect when we consider the use of armed drones by our government.
March 18, 2013 Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has already started running ads against actress Ashley Judd — an undeclared candidate — for McConnell's seat in the 2014 elections. Taylor Jones sees it as a classic matchup, while Jeff Danziger thinks McConnell is just as vulnerable on his right.
March 17, 2013 The anti-pleasure, perfectionist trends so marked in contemporary culture are holding us back from just living in the moment and enjoying ourselves. At least, that's how commentator Alva Noë sees it as he watches TV, and TV commercials, with his sons.
March 17, 2013 Chris Weyant and Rick McKee celebrate the holiday with a warring 'o the green.
March 16, 2013 A state judge upended New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's ban on sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces. Randy Bish thinks the mayor's defeat was richly deserved, while Signe Wilkinson sees no real victors.