June 23, 2013 Sometimes our eyes are bigger than our baking skills. Reviewer T. Susan Chang recommends three cookbooks with pictures that indulge our senses while sparing our waistlines. Do you have a favorite cookbook? Let us know in the comments.
June 23, 2013 The U.S. says it is prepared to begin supplying weapons to Syrian rebels. Brian Adcock thinks America will now be playing a leading role in the conflict, and that's exactly what John Darkow is afraid of.
June 22, 2013 In a rebuke to its GOP leadership, the House voted down the farm bill because Democrats thought it cut too much and Republicans, too little from SNAP, or food stamps. Chip Bok saw the bill as wasteful, while Matt Wuerker already had questions about John Boehner's effectiveness as House speaker.
June 21, 2013 The recent controversy about government surveillance intersects in surprising ways with big questions at the heart of philosophy, cognitive science and computer science. Alva Noë says privacy is a big problem in the age of Big Data.
June 21, 2013 Whether it's logs of phone calls or GPS data, commentator Geoff Nunberg says it still says a lot about who you are: "Tell me where you've been and who you've been talking to, and I'll tell you about your politics, your health, your sexual orientation, your finances," he says.
June 21, 2013 U.S. peace talks with the Taliban were supposed to start Thursday but have been postponed. Matt Wuerker doesn't see an easy U.S. exit from Afghanistan, while Jimmy Margulies thinks the Taliban are not America's biggest obstacle.
June 20, 2013 The actor who played Tony Soprano of The Sopranos has died. New Jerseyan Jimmy Margulies noted in 2007 how the landmark drama changed how the world viewed the "Garden State," while Rob Tornoe says goodbye in a way that Tony would approve.
June 20, 2013 Dolphin intelligence makes these creatures a source of endless fascination for humans. But Barbara King argues that it is their emotional complexity that most tightly binds them to us. This emotional tie demands that we treat dolphins with respect and dignity.
June 20, 2013 James Salter has been acclaimed by critics as one of the greatest writers of his generation. He's been compared to Updike and Roth — but NPR's Lidia Jean Kott says Salter has trouble writing fully realized female characters, depicting them instead as meals to be devoured by the men.
June 20, 2013 The Senate rejected border security amendments to the immigration bill. Christopher Weyant predicts it's going to be a while before the Senate brings the bill to a vote, while Nate Beeler questions whether Marco Rubio can hang on for the whole ride.
June 19, 2013 The diversity of life on Earth, and its ever-growing complexity, leads many people to think that there must be a purpose to its existence. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser argues that, quite the contrary, the only purpose of life is to preserve itself. There is no hidden hand behind it all.
June 19, 2013 Moderate candidate Hasan Rowhani won a sweeping victory in Iran's presidential election on Friday. Gustavo Rodriguez is cautiously optimistic about the new president, while John Larter feels the term "moderate" should be put in a certain context.
June 18, 2013 Is it really possible that the civilizations that grew up in the "other" hemisphere have nothing useful to say about value, the categories of experience or the nature of mind? No. Luckily, we may be on the cusp of a new global era for philosophy.