June 29, 2012 David Brooks may be right that the allure of the particular draws people to rock concerts and political rallies. But the best music, like the best politics, takes a different approach.
February 23, 2012 Are humans hard-wired for hazing and cruelty? Or are we hard-wired instead for cooperation? Commentator Barbara J. King explains why the popular discourse about a hard-wired human nature fails to understand human behavior.
September 20, 2011 With a self-flagellation rarely seen in a pundit David Brooks, who's also an NPR political analyst, calls himself a "sap" for believing that President Obama sought a compromise with congressional Republicans on his pass-this-bill jobs package announced earlier this month and his deficit-reduction proposal announced Monday.
July 19, 2011 David Brooks has a New York Times column Tuesday that, like an earlier column, is getting attention as almost an open letter to establishment Republicans to take back their party from the Tea Party wing.
July 5, 2011 One of the Senate's most adamant liberals, Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, liked Brooks' column so much, she tweeted about it. Meanwhile, a conservative blogger was so fired up by Brooks, he broke into his own vacation to write a rebuttal.
October 22, 2010 Media and political analysts interviewed on All Things Considered agree: NPR acted hastily when it terminated the news analyst's contract following his comments on Fox News about Muslims.
April 2, 2010 NPR does exceptionally well putting female reporters and hosts on the air. But when it comes to female voices from outside NPR, the network is not as diverse on air as it would like to think. NPR needs to try harder to find more female sources and...
March 31, 2010 David Brooks distills the Sandra Bullock/Jesse James scandal down to its most basic point: money, or happiness?
December 1, 2009 Opinions are flying before President Obama's speech. Here's a quick roundup of recent opinion pieces on the president's new strategy on Afghanistan.
November 2, 2009 As Ombudsman, one of my roles is to appear on local public radio stations, especially when listeners can call in with questions about NPR's journalism. Recently, I learned first-hand how easily it is to be misinterpreted. I appeared on WAMU's Th...