April 29, 2013 People crave explanations that are simple, broad, elegant. But the prettiest, most satisfying explanations aren't always the best explanations, as the dark story of Dutch social psychologist Diederik Stapel makes clear.
April 29, 2013 Immigration reform is still under way. Lisa Benson thinks greater attention will have to be paid to securing our borders, while Daryl Cagle sees the position some Republicans have taken as hypocritical.
April 28, 2013 Over the next few weeks we'll be asking NPR women about their careers — and inviting you to join the conversation. We asked NPR's Nina Totenberg about when she's been the only woman in the room.
April 28, 2013 Oftentimes, foodie fiction makes you hungry. But author Jessica Soffer recommends three books that deal with food yet aren't in love with it — books to read when you're on a diet, a desert island, or for whatever reason would like a peach tart to not be compared to a summer's day.
April 28, 2013 U.S intelligence agencies assess that the Syrian regime may have used chemical weapons, specifically the chemical agent sarin. Osama Hajjaj believes Syria is capable of using WMDs against its people, while Christopher Weyant questions whether President Obama will respond to the "game changer."
April 27, 2013 Sacks turns 80 this year. Philosopher Alva Noë asks the question: What makes Sacks' work so important?
April 27, 2013 Bangladeshi garment workers have suffered catastrophic losses due to unsafe working conditions. Jimmy Margulies alleges that lax government oversight is not confined to developing nations while Joel Pett criticizes those who benefit from cost-cutting measures that endanger workers.
April 26, 2013 How did life originate? This seemingly eternal question was recently the focus of an unusual gathering at CERN in Switzerland. Commentator Stuart Kauffman was at the center of the action and takes us on a journey through the ideas that led up to this meeting of the minds.
April 26, 2013 To comply with sequester cuts, air traffic controllers are being furloughed by the FAA, creating delays in air travel. Gary Varvel blames President Obama, while Christopher Weyant points the finger at Congress.
April 25, 2013 A performance of Mozart's Requiem has commentator Barbara J. King thinking about the ways humans grieve. Of all species on Earth, we alone mourn across time and space for people we have never met.
April 25, 2013 The environment took a back seat to other news this week, but Earth Day and climate change did not escape the notice of Eric Allie and Luojie.
April 24, 2013 The quantum world is mysterious. It behaves in ways that just don't match up with what we see in the larger world. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser probes the space between what we see and what we know in search of a bridge between both realities.