May 6, 2013 A new site called The People's Science aims to bring researchers and the general public together to talk about the work they're doing. Tania Lombrozo takes a look and tries it out for herself.
May 6, 2013 President Obama has confirmed that "chemical weapons have been used" in Syria but says we don't yet know who used them. Nate Beeler thinks the president wants to take back his "red line" remark, while Dave Granlund accuses GOP Sen. John McCain of wanting to fire and forget.
May 5, 2013 President Obama said he will renew his efforts to close the facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Mike Luckovich thinks the military prison is incompatible with American values, while Jimmy Margulies thinks the president is in for a second helping from Congress.
May 5, 2013 Ahmadou Kourouma's Allah Is Not Obliged recounts the story of a child soldier in Liberia. Author A. Igoni Barrett says in this book, horror and humor become bedfellows, making for a heartbreaking yet laughter-filled read.
May 4, 2013 Comedian Marc Maron just released his newest book, Attempting Normal, and his TV show Maron premiered on IFC this month. He still found time to speak with NPR's Molly Hart about learning from heartbreak, not wanting to be alone, and stealing from Whole Foods.
May 4, 2013 More than 500 people perished in the collapse of a Bangladeshi garment factory that served a number of Western retailers. Hajo de Reijger blames the root of all evil, while Nick Anderson points to lax worker safety enforcement.
May 3, 2013 Faculty at San Jose State University are rebelling against pressure from their own administration to integrate MOOCs — massively open online courses — into their teaching. Across the country the issue is being debated on campuses and in state houses. Commentator Alva Noë's dips his toe into the conversation.
May 3, 2013 Given the warnings U.S. authorities received about slain suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, could the Boston bombings have been prevented? John Deering thinks we're still failing to learn from history's painful lessons, while Paul Fell doubts that congressional involvement will improve matters.
May 2, 2013 Time is special. How we see it helps determine how we see the rest of the Universe. Physicist Lee Smolin has a new book out that says we've been looking at time the wrong way. Adam Frank digs in and offers his own perspective on Smolin's argument.
May 2, 2013 Like many parents around the world, some moms and dads in Brooklyn are choosing to raise their children without using any diapers. How does this work and does it make any sense? Commentator Barbara J. King checks in with anthropologist Meredith Small, who embraces the idea with enthusiasm.
May 2, 2013 Even as more parts of the Affordable Care Act are implemented, 42 percent of Americans are unaware that the law is still in effect. Eric Allie predicts they're in for a nasty surprise, while Nick Anderson thinks the law's opponents are fighting a losing battle.
May 1, 2013 How do you explain it when unseen forces act across time and space? The fact is that reality is far stranger than we can suppose when we step into the quantum world. Physicist Marcelo Gleiser lays out the bones of this modern ghost story.