December 22, 2012 Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng escaped house-arrest to seek refuge in the U.S. and Bob Englehart noted his importance during an election year. Many felt that politics prompted Obama's position change on same-sex marriage, which Steve Kelley felt put him on equal footing with Mitt Romney.
December 21, 2012 It's wild windy weather here in Berkeley, California. It's the shortest day of the year. So Alva Noë offers us an old riddle.
December 21, 2012 NPR's Bilal Qureshi meditates on a Canadian drama that confronts some of the issues we all face in the wake of the Newtown school massacre: pain, confusion, and the effort to make sense of the senseless.
December 21, 2012 Will the world end on December 21, 2012, as the fabled Mayan calendar predicts? Pat Bagley finds hope in human nature, while Dave Granlund predicts what might happen on December 22nd.
December 20, 2012 People who care for and about chimpanzees are awaiting word from the U.S. Senate this week about passage of legislation that would send many lab-bound animals into quiet retirement. During this holiday season of hope, commentator Barbara J. King lays out a case for why this is the right thing to do.
December 20, 2012 "Big Data" had just as much to do with President Obama's victory as phrases like "Etch A Sketch" and "47 percent," says linguist Geoff Nunberg. Big Data is also behind anxieties about intrusions on our privacy, whether from the government's anti-terrorist data sweeps or the ads that track us on the Web.
December 20, 2012 Rick Santorum suspended his campaign for President, effectively giving the nomination to Mitt Romney, and Rick McKee felt the move left many in dismay. Dismay barely describes Pat Bagley's reaction to scandals at the GSA and the Secret Service, where employees tarnished their agencies' reputations.
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.