December 19, 2012 The Newtown shooting has led some Americans to wonder if there's an epidemic of gun violence in this country. In her regular 'Can I Just Tell You' essay, host Michel Martin asks what would happen if Americans brought the same imagination and energy to stopping gun violence as it brought to previous epidemics that threatened public health.
December 19, 2012 According to millions of people, the world will end this Friday. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser debunks the doomsday prophecy and reflects on why so many otherwise reasonable people fall prey to such ancient fears.
December 19, 2012 As the Republican presidential candidates fought for their party's nomination, John Cole thought they all exhibited their flaws. Despite its alleged shortcomings, Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law could provide immunity to George Zimmerman for his killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
December 18, 2012 Sub-surface water oceans and surface seas of liquid methane. The solar system just outside our doorstep is rich with possibilities. It's a voyage that astronaut-sailors will, one day, embark upon.
December 18, 2012 This past Sunday was 13.7's third anniversary. It's been an unexpected and rewarding journey for all involved, evolving into a jam session of ideas about science and culture. Thanks to everyone for making it a success and joining in with us as we kick around some big ideas.
December 18, 2012 When the Ninth Federal Circuit invalidated California's Prop. 8, Daryl Cagle could bearly contain his approval. Steve Kelley though it was a miscue when Obama required contraceptives to be included in most employer-sponsored health care plans, prompting many church-owned entities to go to court.
December 17, 2012 What role is there for social scientists in addressing climate change? Commentator Tania Lombrozo follows up her interview with Stephan Lewandowsky with some psychologically motivated suggestions.
December 17, 2012 If the conspiracy theorists are right, we only have a few more days before the end of the world. Author Ben H. Winters describes his favorite pre-apocalyptic works of fiction. Do you have a favorite doomsday masterpiece? Tell us in the comments.
December 17, 2012 The presidential campaign began in earnest with Hajo De Reijger giving lots of running room to President Obama. But running room was in short supply for the Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino who capsized and allegedly abandoned his ship, winning Mike Keefe's enmity.
December 16, 2012 U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice removed her name from consideration for Secretary of State because of the furor being raised over her role in explaining the attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi. Both Gary McCoy and Randall Enos see her as being used by others with ulterior motives.
December 16, 2012 Science offers us Nothing But and we like it. Why? Why do we like to be told that we are nothing but our brains, when, after all, this is patently untrue? Alva Noë presses the question.
December 15, 2012 When giving gifts this holiday season, it's not (only) the thought that counts. The gift itself really counts for something, too. Although you may want to give thought to giving an ephemeral experience over an object that will last forever.
December 15, 2012 A gunman entered an elementary school in Newtown, C.T. and killed 26 people, 20 of them children. From past incidents, Gustavo Rodriguez searches for answers and Randy Bish tries to offer some comfort.