Commentary

  • 5:26am Jun 15, 2013
    Sports Sports

    History Sometimes Rewards Those Who Are Sidelined

    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith will be on the sidelines of the Super Bowl this weekend, after suffering a concussion midway through the season. Now he's counseling teammate Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback who replaced him. "The good ones stay ready," he says.
  • 6:36pm Jun 09, 2013
    Books Books Arts

    The Courage To Cross An Ocean, Explored In 'TransAtlantic'

    Colum McCann's novel TransAtlantic weaves together disparate historical figures and times. Reviewer Rosecrans Baldwin says that while some sections are uneven, the book rolls over you like a wave, crashing and building upon itself.
  • 11:03am May 29, 2013
    Sports Sports

    One More Swing: 'Casey At The Bat'

    Frank Deford puts aside his gripes this week to pay tribute to the poem by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, first published in the San Francisco Examiner 125 years ago June 3.
  • 6:52pm May 17, 2013

    Week In Politics: IRS, Benghazi Emails, AP Phone Logs

    Audie Cornish speaks with political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss controversial IRS audits, the release of White House emails on Benghazi talking points and the Justice Department's seizure of AP phone logs.
  • 6:31am May 17, 2013

    Kiss In 'Bombay Talkies' Breaks New Ground In Bollywood

    To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Indian cinema, four famous Bollywood directors have made an anthology movie, Bombay Talkies. Commentator Sandip Roy says one of the shorts is pretty revolutionary because it has a gay protagonist, and what is probably Bollywood's first gay kiss.
  • 6:19am May 15, 2013
    Sports Sports

    No. 1s: The Latest Greatest Of All Time

    The NBA will soon crown another team as the best. And another MVP will be named. But commentator Frank Deford says such titles of greatness are fleeting.
  • Mothers somehow know when we've been bad, but when times are tough, they also have our back.
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    2:10pm May 11, 2013
    Health & Safety Health & Safety

    Mom's X-Ray Vision Also Sees The Best In Us

    Mothers know us better — sometimes better than we know ourselves. As any child will tell you, they really do have eyes in the back of their heads. When times are tough, they also have our back.
  • Anthony Marra is a Stegner fellow and a recipient of the Whiting Writers' Award.
    Smeeta Mahanti
    9:00pm May 06, 2013
    Books Books Arts

    From A Debut Writer, A Polished, Passionate, Must-Read Book

    Anthony Marra's debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, takes place in war-torn Chechnya — a world of perpetual violence, fear and exploding land mines. But reviewer Meg Wolitzer says the characters are so vivid and the language so brilliant you want to stay there.