June 29, 2013 NPR's Kelly McEvers found herself crying unpredictably during the Arab Spring, when friends were being kidnapped and worse. Why do otherwise intelligent people risk their lives to report on conflicts? In a new hourlong radio documentary, she turns the mic on herself to search for an answer.
June 29, 2013 Gov. Rick Perry has called a special, 30-day session of the Texas Legislature to pass anti-abortion legislation that was blocked by Sen. Wendy Davis' epic filibuster this week. John Branch salutes Davis as a lone-star for her efforts, while Eric Allie doesn't like what she stood for.
June 28, 2013 President Obama has directed the Environmental Protection Agency to limit how much carbon dioxide power plants can put into the air. Chip Bok doubts whether Obama can or should take such steps, while Matt Wuerker thinks time is running out.
June 27, 2013 New research reveals that about 1/3 of children with food allergies are bullied specifically because of those allergies. Commentator Barbara J. King checks in with a pediatric allergist on this topic, as well as a mother and daughter who, together, have coped with food bullying.
June 27, 2013 The Supreme Court declared unconstitutional the formula used to determine which states and local jurisdictions had to get federal approval before changing their voting laws. Adam Zyglis is not optimistic that Congress can agree on a new standard, while Joel Pett thinks the past isn't dead yet.
June 26, 2013 Curtis Sittenfeld's Sisterland, about a pair of adult psychic twins in St. Louis, is more about sibling rivalry than the supernatural. Reviewer Sloane Crosley says Sittenfeld handles the psychic realm with a light and logical touch that keeps the book artfully within the bounds of believability.
June 26, 2013 In two 5-4 rulings Wednesday, the Supreme Court declared DOMA unconstitutional and cleared the way for gay marriages in California — but sidestepped the broader legality of same-sex marriages. Before the decisions were issued, Jen Sorensen and Chip Bok imagined an anti-DOMA ruling.
June 26, 2013 The laws of man order society, making sure we don't descend into chaos; the laws of nature reveal ordered patterns. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser considers the similarities and differences between the two, and whether the laws of Nature could change, as the laws of man do.
June 26, 2013 Signe Wilkinson sees no cure for information overload in the Internet age, while Gary Varvel thinks no matter how much data young people are bombarded with, they still process it in the same old way.
June 25, 2013 How did the Zombie Apocalypse become a ubiquitous all-consuming (no pun intended) meme? Adam Frank says we keep re-telling this story because it's trying to tell us something about the future. Are we listening?
June 25, 2013 Edward Snowden left Hong Kong for Russia and could soon be somewhere else. Jeff Danziger thinks the affair has entered the theater of the absurd, while Olle Johansson sees President Obama soaking up a lot of criticism over Snowden's sojourn.
June 24, 2013 Psychologists often appeal to unconscious beliefs and associations when explaining bias and discrimination. Commentator Tania Lombrozo considers some new results that question whether unconscious beliefs really do govern our behavior.
June 24, 2013 Americans can soon begin enrolling in healthcare exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act. Chip Bok doesn't care for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' fundraising tactics, while Paul Fell criticizes Republicans for failing to offer a viable alternative.