August 4, 2013 Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni first read Wilkie Collins' classic detective novel The Moonstone when she came across it in her grandfather's trunk on a rainy Bengali afternoon. When she rediscovered it years later, she realized it is even better than she remembered.
August 4, 2013 On Friday, the House held its 40th vote on ending the Affordable Care Act. Steve Sack thinks Republicans are doing all they can do to self-fulfill their prophecy, while Rick McKee agrees with the House, the IRS is bad medicine.
August 3, 2013 Patricia Lyons Simon Newman died in Chicago, at the age of 84. Her son, NPR's Scott Simon, tweeted from her bedside in the intensive care unit as their time together came to a close. He remembers her wisdom and wit, and the lessons she taught him.
August 3, 2013 "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge?" so said Pope Francis this week. Nate Beeler applauds the call for inclusivity, while Mike Keefe is disappointed that women were not included.
August 2, 2013 Secretary of State John Kerry has negotiated a renewal of peace talks between Israel and Palestinian representatives. Whether it's a mirage or an oasis, Paresh Nath thinks Kerry is headed in the right direction, while Matt Wuerker wonders whether there'll be anything left to negotiate.
August 1, 2013 If you had a traumatic memory lodged in your brain, would you zap it away if you could? In the wake of last week's news that false memories were implanted in laboratory mice, commentator Barbara J. King considers the potential effects of intervening with memory formation in our own brains.
August 1, 2013 The mixed verdict from Bradley Manning's trial means he could still face lengthy imprisonment for theft and espionage as the sentencing phase of his trial begins. Alfredo Martirena wonders how fairly justice will be meted out, while Randall Enos has no doubts about what should happen.
July 31, 2013 I ran out of shaving cream the other day. It was a travel-size, 2.5-ounce can that I carried in my gym bag for about three months.
July 31, 2013 Genetically modified crops are here to stay. How should we react? Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says it's time for scientists to take a larger role in the debate, bringing what we know out into the light and asking the important questions that are yet to be answered.
July 31, 2013 President Obama is getting backlash over his remarks that "phony" scandals are preventing economic progress. Chip Bok believes there's too much noise to signify nothing, while Clay Bennett thinks nothing of significance has been uncovered after months of investigation.
July 31, 2013 Buttermilk somehow seems perpetually cool and unruffled. It evokes cream without cream's over-the-top heft; its tanginess goes up to the threshold of yogurt and stops just shy. No matter how you cook it, a little bit of buttermilk has a thousand ways of making life taste better.
July 30, 2013 When Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon documented his mother's final days on Twitter, the online community that is so often dismissed for being quintessentially banal embraced Scott's grief in a way we rarely see play out in public.
July 30, 2013 For 60 years researchers have been searching for a way to unite our separate understandings of the very large and the very small into a single coherent theory. Now a remarkable new idea is raising eyebrows, and hopes, around the world. Has the path to solve this problem just been found?
July 30, 2013 Millions of people worldwide are leaving rural areas for urban ones. NPR Cities Project editor Franklyn Cater highlights five books that examine and celebrate 21st century life in the metropolis.
July 30, 2013 There have been more protests and more deaths as Egypt's new rulers move to consolidate power. Schot doubts the use of deadly force will change things for the better, while Daryl Cagle sees the whole Middle East as a disaster waiting to happen for President Obama.