July 22, 2013 What makes a language different enough from its predecessors to count as something more than a new dialect? Commentator Tania Lombrozo considers how the human mind's drive for clean categories shapes our understanding of linguistics and biology.
July 22, 2013 The New York Times reports that Empire State residents purchasing individual insurance under the Affordable Care Act could see their premiums drop by 50 percent. Adam Zyglis doubts it will silence the health law's more alarmist critics, while John Trevor is afraid Obamacare could be too successful.
July 21, 2013 Sarah Palin says she's considered entering Alaska's 2014 Senate race, and Liz Cheney has announced she'll try to unseat GOP Sen. Mike Enzi in Wyoming. Lee Judge and Jimmy Margulies give both the traditional cartoonists' welcome.
July 20, 2013 In his speech addressing the Trayvon Martin case, President Obama encouraged everyone to ask the question, "Am I wringing as much bias out of myself as I can?" Guest host Linda Wertheimer remembers the first time she caught herself having "terrible little thoughts," and worked to change them.
July 20, 2013 While most baseball players come to the knuckleball after all else fails, one youngster has caught the media's attention by adopting the pitch early on. It's a unique story that could also bring historic change to the game.
July 20, 2013 Americans were stunned when a dozen people were murdered during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Colorado. Cartoons by David Fitzsimmons and Joel Pett drawn in the days following the mass shooting show not much has changed.
July 19, 2013 America is still much divided over the Zimmerman trial verdict. Joe Heller thinks it's because the case cuts across all audiences, while Steve Sack imagines it will span generations.
July 18, 2013 Like a golden sponge cake phoenix, Twinkies have risen from the ashes of Hostess' bankruptcy filing and flown back to store shelves. Dave Granlund revisits a group of fans who were distraught when the snack disappeared last year, while Nate Beeler is far from celebratory.
July 17, 2013 Ahead of the opening of the movie Blackfish, commentator Barbara J. King considers the dispute between SeaWorld and the filmmakers and talks with the author of the book Death at SeaWorld for his perspective.
July 17, 2013 Edward Snowden has reportedly filed a request for temporary asylum in Russia. John Deering doesn't think it's a good long-term solution, while Joep Bertrams sees the United States as suffering the most harm from the NSA revelations.
July 16, 2013 In the wake of the George Zimmerman trial, an NPR producer reflects on the time and energy he has lost trying to avoid being seen as a threatening black man.
July 16, 2013 Science and literature may seem like two very different things. But the literature of science is, in fact, the very underpinning of almost everything we know. Adam Frank says now is the time to start thinking about how to make the foundations of science more accessible to the people who rely on its findings: you.
July 16, 2013 The food stamp program had been part of the farm bill for decades until the House passed legislation last week that stripped out the aid program. Steve Sack doesn't believe the House's promise to fund it sometime in the future, while Lisa Benson thinks the program is worthy of abandonment.
July 16, 2013 In The Great Tamasha journalist James Astill notes the parallels between India's control of the cricketing world and its dramatic economic rise. NPR's Krishnadev Calamur says Astill provides a glimpse into how India functions.