Commentary | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

Commentary

RSS Feed
NPR

White House Visit No Happy Ending For '85 Bears

The 1985 Chicago Bears will finally be received at the White House — 26 years after their Super Bowl win. The years haven't all been kind to those of "Super Bowl Shuffle" fame, and some players have paid a price for our entertainment.
NPR

Commentator Jo Carson Dies At 64

Michele Norris and Melissa Block remember former All Things Considered commentator Jo Carson, who died earlier this month in the place where she was born — John City, Tenn. She was 64. She was a playwright, fiction author and children's book author.
NPR

Week In Politics: GOP Primary Dates; Herman Cain; Chris Christie

Melissa Block speaks with our regular political commentators E.J. Dionne, of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks, of the New York Times.
NPR

For Grown-Ups, Missing Those Back-To-School Blues

Is it possible to play hooky from real life and return to the magical wonder of learning in a classroom? Writer Ben Dolnick investigates the intellectual doldrums that plague life after graduation.
NPR

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Joy Of Letters

Another tweet, another text, another trite, impersonal way that we choose to communicate with each other in the modern age. Writer Gwen Thompkins describes the ties that bind us to the well-written letter.
NPR

An Atmospheric 'Shelter' For Era Full Of Foreboding

In Take Shelter, Michael Shannon dreams of an apocalyptic storm, and builds a backyard bunker for his family to survive. Critic David Edelstein says the film is terrific. (Recommended)
NPR

French Feminists Say 'Non' To 'Mademoiselle'

Spurred by the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal, French feminists are taking on what they see as one of the most entrenched and subtle barriers to gender equality in France: the word "mademoiselle." They say the term is irrelevant and insulting.
NPR

Idris Elba: The Man Who Is Luther, Was Stringer, And Could Be James Bond

Idris Elba returns to his Emmy-nominated role in BBC America's Luther tonight. His history playing conflicted men who understand both sides of the law has brought him acclaim, but one particular rumor about an iconic role just keeps coming up — and he's doing nothing to make it go away.
NPR

We're All Just 'Guys'

It used to be that guys were guys and girls were girls. But now everyone's a guy and Frank Deford is confused.

Pages