November 9, 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 Idra Novey. Want to write your own poem about the day's news? You can put it in the comments below.
November 9, 2012 In the aftermath of their failed bid to retake the White House, will the GOP chart a new course? Tim Eagan and Steve Kelley look at two leading strategies.
November 8, 2012 Barbara Kingsolver's new novel starts when millions of monarch butterflies alight on a mountain in eastern Tennessee. Yet, as author Brian Kimberling describes, the beautiful winged visitors in the novel reveal both humankind's effect on nature and the nature of humankind.
November 8, 2012 Anchoring himself to a tiny patch of Tennessee forest, a scientist takes notes on what he sees and hears. He conducts no experiments and collects no samples. Commentator Barbara J. King offers an appreciation of evolutionary biologist David Haskell's approach to science.
November 8, 2012 Citizens United unleashed a torrent of campaign spending on the 2012 race. Before the election, Randall Enos expressed a common fear about the massive expenditures, while afterwards, Joel Pett is just as concerned that both sides raised and spent as much as they could.
November 7, 2012 Scientists are charged with pushing back the boundaries of ignorance, with exploring nature's unanswered questions. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says the system that allocates funding for research can also limit the range of questions asked by the scientific community.
November 7, 2012 Despite the selfless and sometimes heroic efforts of poll workers and volunteers, many Americans waited in long lines to vote on Tuesday. Mike Luckovich wonders why we haven't come up with a better way, while Nick Anderson thinks there was only one real loser in the whole process.
November 7, 2012 At 12:55 am this morning, Mitt Romney conceded the election to President Obama, ending the 2012 campaign. J.D. Crowe thinks the President is right where he belongs, while John Cole considers that having an understanding uncle helps.
November 7, 2012 The cult favorite 1965 novel Dune was a classic of sci-fi literature. But author Leigh Bardugo says that when she was 12, Dune wasn't just an escape — it changed her world. Has a book ever opened your eyes to an alternate reality? Tell us in the comments.
November 6, 2012 If politics erode how the nation values science then the interests being served can't possibly be our own. Commentator Adam Frank outlines advocates the return of science to the heart of our debates on policy.
November 6, 2012 No one can argue with Daryl Cagle that this is going to be a close election, while Arend Van Dam recommends a ballot initiative we can all endorse. After you vote, listen to NPR's special coverage of Election Night 2012 with all the latest results on your local NPR station.