May 7, 2013 There was a time when superheroes confined themselves to the pages of comic books piled up in a kids room. Now they're on the big screen and in the mainstream of pop culture. Commentator Adam Frank says there are winners and losers in this transformation.
May 7, 2013 A federal judge removed age restrictions on the availability of "morning after" contraceptives, but the Obama administration is fighting to prevent access for girls under 15. Rick McKee and Jimmy Margulies each find hypocrisy in what Americans think is age-appropriate.
May 6, 2013 Anthony Marra's debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, takes place in war-torn Chechnya — a world of perpetual violence, fear and exploding land mines. But reviewer Meg Wolitzer says the characters are so vivid and the language so brilliant you want to stay there.
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.