Mar 8, 2014 — Wednesday, the College Board announced it will make the essay portion of the SAT exam optional. But what is lost when the importance of essays is diminished?
Mar 7, 2014 — Audie Cornish speaks with political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Reihan Salam of National Review and Reuters. They discuss the U.S. role in Ukraine's ongoing crisis and the latest news from the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Mar 7, 2014 — A new book by Scott Weems on humor and human nature raises fascinating questions about why we laugh. Commentator Alva NoŽ cracks up easily and asks for help collecting some more jokes.
Mar 6, 2014 — "After our primate cousins came down out of the trees, humans evolved on the savanna." You've heard that idea before, but is it true? The debate heats up — way up.
Mar 6, 2014 — Many members of the 13.7 community have asked for news of blogger Barbara J. King's health. The news is here and it is good!
Mar 5, 2014 — The gift of believing in imagination, enjoying it as if it's real, usually falls away in adulthood. But keeping the door open between the imagined and real worlds can show us the way forward.
Mar 5, 2014 — The Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave tells the heartbreaking story of Solomon Northup, a free man who was sold into slavery. Host Michel Martin reflects on all the powerful, personal stories around us.
Mar 4, 2014 — As those with Alzheimer's disease lose their memories, do they also lose their identities? Commentator Tania Lombrozo considers new research into traits seen as central to identity.
Mar 4, 2014 — The once-futuristic concept is closer than ever to becoming a reality. Parallel parking? Let the car find the perfect approach. Squeezing into a tight space? Hop out and use your smartphone.
Mar 4, 2014 — DNA. RNA. Amino acids. They all sound so abstract, so far from human reality. But it's the stuff from which you are constructed. Commentator Adam Frank shares a video that brings it all to life.