October 2, 2012 Commentator Adam Frank argues that the bottom line on climate change is going to be our own economic bottom line. He says the economy will be the first place we are forced to really wake up to the true impact of climate change on our way of life.
October 2, 2012 With the 2012 election little more than a month away, sequestration and the expiration of the Bush/Obama tax cuts present a perilous pitfall. Rick Mckee sees little prospect of congressional action, while John Darkow suggests a possible solution.
October 1, 2012 Commentator Stuart Kauffman says we need to invent new techniques to investigate multi-factorial causality in medicine. It's the second in a series of posts that will dive into this topic.
October 1, 2012 Decades ago, kids were encouraged to play outside and explore the outdoors. Nowadays, protective parents have reined in their children, leading to strictly structured (and supervised) playtime. The kids don't seem to be fighting it, but do these new rules stymie childhood creativity?
October 1, 2012 The first presidential debate is coming up on Oct. 3rd. Dave Grandlund predicts there will be some low blows, while John Darkow thinks each candidate will paint the other in extreme colors.
October 1, 2012 When she was a teen, Lois Lowry had seen the "dirty" books her classmates passed around on the playground. But A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was different. It was gritty, raw and utterly fascinating.
September 30, 2012 President Obama is several points ahead of GOP rival Mitt Romney in most polls, but some conservatives point to a liberal bias in polling methods. Pat Bagley thinks the complaints are self-serving, but Milt Priggee thinks the economy is about to catch up with Obama's approval ratings.
September 29, 2012 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu both spoke at the U.N. this week. Randy Bish and David Fitzsimmons think both countries have mutual destruction on the brain.
September 28, 2012 Each month, NPR's All Things Considered invites a poet into the newsroom to see how the show comes together, and to write an original poem about the news. This month, our NewsPoet is Philip Schultz. Want to write your own poem about the day's news? You can put them in the comments below.
September 28, 2012 Here is a roundup of the best of this week's NPR Books coverage, from gangster novels to beloved kids' books.
September 28, 2012 More than 20 prominent conservatives recently signed an open letter complaining about pro-Obama media bias. Jeff Danziger thinks conservative media outlets are taking unfair aim at supporters of President Obama, while Rick McKee thinks Mitt Romney is the one under media attack.
September 27, 2012 The apes Koko, Kanzi and Panbanisha are famous for their language abilities. Commentator and anthropologist Barbara J. King considers whether these abilities are being blown out of proportion with reality.
September 27, 2012 President Obama has been criticized for appearing on The View on Monday instead of meeting with world leaders. Lisa Benson thinks Obama is more interested in promoting his image than solving problems, while David Fitzsimmons thinks it's the president's opposition that's obstructing progress.