June 13, 2013 Recent anthropological research raises questions about whether our sedentary lifestyle contributes significantly to the obesity epidemic. Commentator Barbara J. King looks at the data and has thoughts on what it means for the Paleo diet.
June 13, 2013 NPR correspondent Joseph Shapiro and his 15-year-old daughter, Eva, were blown away by the quality of teen writing at last week's Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in New York. While schools might debate the best way to teach writing, teen writers will seek a creative outlet no matter what.
June 13, 2013 Is NSA leaker Edward Snowden a hero, an outlaw or both? Nick Anderson and David Fitzsimmons agree that no matter what you think of him, he's definitely a wanted man.
June 12, 2013 Science is often accused of extinguishing our enchantment with the world, of being too cold and rational. Quite the opposite is true, says Marcelo Gleiser. Modern science has restored a sense of wonder to the world with its revelations of objects unseen and realities unknown.
June 12, 2013 Immigration legislation hit the Senate floor Tuesday, and Majority Leader Harry Reid hopes to wrap up the bill by July 4. Christopher Weyant notes that victory in the Senate might be less than half the battle, while Mike Luckovich points out the price that backers such as Marco Rubio have paid.
June 11, 2013 Big Data raises concerns about more than just privacy. The debate opening up before us is an essential one for a culture dominated by science and technology. Who determines if a technology is adopted? Who determines when and how it will be deployed? Who owns our data? What are our rights in this new world?
June 11, 2013 George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial in the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin has begun. Little has changed since 2012, when Gustavo Rodriguez saw the media as eager to feed off the controversy and John Cole decried the result.
June 10, 2013 Some people believe that the recipient of an organ transplant will take on characteristics of the organ donor. Commentator Tania Lombrozo considers what this reveals about the way we conceptualize ourselves and our bodies.
June 10, 2013 The Senate's hearings on sexual assault in the military highlighted divisions on overhauling the military justice system. Signe Wilkinson wonders how service members will be able to seek justice without systemic changes, while Mike Smith proposes a simple solution.
June 10, 2013 NPR's Barrie Hardymon has been scanning the catalogs all year, searching for the summer's best books. Her five favorites range from young-adult fiction to a memoir about cheese.
June 9, 2013 The Supreme Court has ruled that the collection of mouth-swab DNA samples from arrestees does not violate the Constitution. Randy Bish sees an inherent contradiction, while Signe Wilkinson fears a surveillance society made possible by the increasing use of biometric data.
June 8, 2013 America loves racehorses in movies and books, and we love to watch them in races like Saturday's Belmont Stakes. Yet we also slaughter them by the thousands, for their meat. It's a business, not a love story. But on a small farm in Maryland, a love story happens anyway.
June 8, 2013 The Allied invasion of the French coast of Normandy took place this week in 1944. In case that highly risky invasion had failed, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower had drafted a speech taking full responsibility. Fortunately, he never had to deliver it.