September 10, 2013 Chaos rules the universe. But life fights back, nurturing order and structure within the maelstrom. Astrophysicist Adam Frank says that our struggles against the inexorable forces of entropy are a gift to the cosmos.
September 10, 2013 The teams play a crucial World Cup qualifying match tonight in Columbus, Ohio. Code Switch editor Luis Clemens writes about how he'll watch the game with divided loyalties.
September 10, 2013 Tonight, President Obama will address the nation over military action against Syria. David Fitzsimmons sees it as a classic American showdown, while Mike Luckovich sees too many parallels to Iraq.
September 9, 2013 Daniel Woodrell's new novel explores the lingering consequences of an explosion in an Ozarks dance hall that kills 42 people. It wasn't an accident, but the book isn't about a hunt for the murderer. Instead, reviewer Ellah Allfrey says, it's a remarkable study of a surviving sister's life and grief.
September 9, 2013 Why can't believers and nonbelievers have civil conversations about their disagreements? Commentator Tania Lombrozo calls for creating charitable ground, space where supporters of both science and religion can talk openly about their beliefs without fear of recrimination.
September 9, 2013 Opposition to military action against Syria crosses party lines. Nick Anderson thinks it's a matter of perspective, while Nate Beeler blames President Obama for failing to increase support.
September 8, 2013 The 2013 NFL season begins with rule changes restricting "crown of the helmet" hits and the types of bags attendees can take into stadiums. Mike Keefe sacks fans who complain that efforts to reduce concussions will dilute the game, while Steve Kelley has been blitzing NFL security measures for years.
September 7, 2013 This week, NPR's Scott Simon ran into a young man he knew years ago while covering the war in Kosovo. His friend was just a child during that conflict, and their chance reunion prompted Simon to wonder anew about children trapped in conflict zones and the unknowable consequences of military intervention in Syria.
September 7, 2013 Anri Sala's installation at the Venice Biennale explores music, the body, technology, gender and the making of art. Alva Noë says the three-part work is a delightful puzzle, with all the pieces coming together in the end to envelop the audience in a story that is bigger than the sum of its parts.
September 7, 2013 Arizona Sen. John McCain backs U.S. military action against Syria but is also one of President Obama's harshest critics on the issue. John Deering doubts the president is enjoying the Republican's support, while Jeff Danziger thinks McCain has overplayed his hand.
September 6, 2013 The U.S. debate on whether to launch military strikes against Syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons has exposed some rhetorical inconsistencies. Matt Wuerker is bewildered by President Obama's logic, while Clay Bennett thinks Republicans are trying to have it both ways.
September 5, 2013 A new study that relies on brain-imaging of cerebral blood flows suggests that human speech and complex tool-making skills emerged together almost two million years ago. Commentator Barbara J. King digs through the evidence and offers her own take on this age-old question.