Dec 7, 2013 — By the time he died, Nelson Mandela was considered one of the few, or perhaps only, giants on the world stage. But, as NPR's Scott Simon remembers, he was not alone in offering his life for freedom. And so the acclaim justly heaped upon Mandela is also a credit to those who worked, served and led with him.
Dec 6, 2013 — Last week commentator Alva NoŽ drew readers' ire by suggesting that there is a conflict between science and both religion and common sense. He takes another stab at the matter here.
Dec 5, 2013 — New research shows that chimpanzees not only enjoy interacting with a humanoid robot, but also work actively to keep the connection going. Commentator Barbara J. King ties this finding to our past and our future.
Dec 4, 2013 — Smartphones and the Internet have made it easier than ever for people to share photos of their friends, family, pets and children. But sharing personal photos raises technological and ethical questions. Fresh Air tech contributor Alexis Madrigal recently became a father and has some tips for navigating the world of online photo sharing.
Dec 4, 2013 — Is the brain a sort of quantum computer? What is consciousness? Marcelo Gleiser's brain is buzzing with big questions after participating in a conference that asked if quantum physics plays a role in how we think.
Dec 3, 2013 — Imagine stepping into an elevator and bumping into your greatest hero. What would you say? Commentator Adam Frank had this happen with one of the 20th century's greatest astronomers, a seer of sorts.
Dec 2, 2013 — Is the idea that the left hemisphere of the brain is more logical and the right more intuitive a scientific fact or a cultural fiction? Commentator Tania Lombrozo turns to an expert for answers.
Nov 30, 2013 — At least 30 Haitian migrants died this week when a packed sailboat capsized off the coast of the Bahamas. NPR's Scott Simon reminds us how some of the first Americans arrived on the continent, risking their lives to sail across rough seas.
Nov 28, 2013 — Pure gratitude for the love in our lives is part of a joyous Thanksgiving. Alongside this feeling, commentator and cancer patient Barbara J. King experiences a more complicated species of thankfulness as she rejoices in, and battles fears about, her radiation therapy.
Nov 27, 2013 — An album that formed a cornerstone of the "Outlaw Country" movement in the 1970s has just been reissued. Music critic Meredith Ochs has been thinking about Waylon Jennings' Honky Tonk Heroes and its legacy for country artists today.