May 31, 2013 Big Data promises a future where our Big Cities become more flexible and responsive to human needs, argues commentator Adam Frank. While danger may lurk in the data sets, the fact is that we may need to mine Big Data for solutions to our everyday problems.
May 31, 2013 Commentator Alva Noë is taken by the work of Tino Sehgal at the 2013 Venice Art Biennale. It's hard to explain, but in the end he concludes that we do not stand apart from art. We are engaged with art in ways that we don't always expect.
May 31, 2013 U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder faces questions on his testimony that he wasn't involved in decisions regarding the possible prosecution of journalists. Chip Bok dislikes how the Justice Department has targeted news organizations. Nate Beeler says Republicans also don't have a great track record.
May 30, 2013 Less than a week after President Obama announced a new drone policy, a high-ranking Taliban leader was reportedly killed in Pakistan in a U.S. strike. Clay Bennett sees drone use as a net loss, while earlier this year Mike Smith pointed out that it depends on which side of the loss you're on.
May 29, 2013 Can we act backwards in time? We can if we're talking about the world of quantum particles! It seems that the human mind plays a role in this time puzzle, too. Our role may even have something to do with why the universe exists.
May 29, 2013 According to a report prepared for the Pentagon, Chinese hackers have gained access to designs for U.S. weapons systems. Randy Bish condemns such sneaky behavior, while Paresh Nath thinks both the U.S. and China have reason to mistrust the other's commitment to cybersecurity.
May 28, 2013 Mario Livio's new book profiles five brilliant scientists and thinkers who, despite their seminal contributions to our understanding of the world, were also wrong about some big questions. Commentator Adam Frank says Livio's engaging work highlights how the collective process that is science always gets it right in the end.
May 28, 2013 The Boy Scouts of America have voted to allow openly gay youths to join. Joe Heller acknowledges that it hasn't been an easy path, while Dave Granlund takes issue with the mixed message of BSA keeping its ban on the participation of gay adults.
May 27, 2013 Recently, Fresh Air contributor Maureen Corrigan found a letter from then-Secretary of War James Forrestal that had been sent to her father after he had been honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1945. In that letter, she found an expression of gratitude that could serve us well today.
May 27, 2013 Today we remember and honor America's fallen servicemen and women. Lisa Benson and Chip Bok mark the solemnity of the occasion and the fruits of freedom made possible by their sacrifice.
May 26, 2013 When author Lucas Mann turned 13, his father gave him a copy of Portnoy's Complaint, a novel The New Yorker dubbed "one of the dirtiest books ever published." Mann says the book taught him that life is painful, sometimes gross, and often funny.
May 26, 2013 President Obama has promised that the federal government will be "there for" tornado victims. Joe Heller expects Americans will help without stint, while Matt Wuerker warns that sequester cuts to the National Weather Service could make us all less safe.
May 25, 2013 According to Russian diplomats, Syrian leader Bashar Assad's regime agreed "in principle" to attend an international peace conference. Paresh Nath finds Russia's role as broker hypocritical, while Osama Hajjaj sees no honest brokers in the Syrian conflict.