Commentary

  • 6:55pm Nov 09, 2013

    Many Rooting For Down-On-Its-Luck Detroit And Its New Mayor

    Detroit this week elected Mike Duggan as its new mayor. The longtime county official and successful businessman, hard-charging and pugnacious, will lead a city rich in history and culture — and which just filed for bankruptcy. Don Gonyea, who calls the city home, ponders the challenges facing Duggan and Detroit.
  • 12:35pm Oct 16, 2013
    Sports Sports

    You Asked For It: Frank Deford's Top 12 List

    Commentator Frank Deford responds to suggestions of things he should comment on. Here, he takes on the Washington Redskins' name; high school football games on national TV; hockey fights; Pete Rose and the Baseball Hall of Fame; and the tradition of pouring Gatorade on winning coaches.
  • 4:01pm Sep 18, 2013
    Sports Sports National

    More Than Average: Dow Jones Adds The 'Swoosh'

    Nike made the leap onto the stock averages index when Hewlett-Packard, Bank of America and Alcoa were dropped because of their low stock prices. Yes, says, commentator Frank Deford, a mere sporting goods company has joined the wealthy elite.
  • 5:45pm Sep 12, 2013
    Arts Arts

    The Internet's 'Twerk' Effect Makes Dictionaries Less Complete

    When dictionaries add trendy words like "twerk," they're prioritizing the fleeting language habits of the young, says Geoff Nunberg. And our fascination with novel words tends to eclipse subtle changes in the meanings of old ones — "which are often more consequential," he says.
  • 5:20pm Sep 10, 2013

    Is There Any Meaning In Poet Seamus Heaney's Last Text?

    Commentator Andrei Codrescu reflects on the text message written by poet Seamus Heaney just before he died. In Latin he wrote to his wife "do not be afraid." The 74-year-old Heaney died in a Dublin hospital last week. Codrescu says no great meaning should be implied — it was just a personal message to his wife.
  • Leo del Aguila (from left), Vesa Gashi, Scott Simon, Erblin Mehmetaj and Shawn Fox in 1999 in a housing complex in Pristina. Del Aguila, Simon and Fox were covering the Kosovo conflict for NPR; the children lived in the war-stricken area.
    Courtesy of Erblin Mehmetaj
    1:01pm Sep 07, 2013
    World News World News

    When Weighing Intervention In Syria, Consider The Children

    This week, NPR's Scott Simon ran into a young man he knew years ago while covering the war in Kosovo. His friend was just a child during that conflict, and their chance reunion prompted Simon to wonder anew about children trapped in conflict zones and the unknowable consequences of military intervention in Syria.
  • Justin St. Germain teaches at the University of New Mexico.
    William Bledsoe
    8:17pm Aug 12, 2013
    Books Books Arts

    Heading West: The Gritty, Luminous 'Son Of A Gun'

    If the town of Tombstone, Ariz., sounds familiar, it probably has to do with what happened there in 1881 — the year of the infamous gunfight between lawman Wyatt Earp and a rival gang. A new memoir by Justin St. Germain weaves the story of the O.K. Corral into another, more personal tale.
  • 8:53am Aug 12, 2013

    Wildfires Destroyed 'Big Chunks Of My Childhood'

    Wildfires are raging across the West. Colorado resident and Morning Edition commentator Craig Childs, a veteran of many fires, describes the long-term damage to the landscape. Child's latest book is Apocalypse Planet: Field Guide to the Future of the Earth.