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The Language Of Baseball: In Is Out And Foul Is Fair

Why is it called a foul ball? Why not just say it's out? Commentator Frank Deford doth wonder if the language in baseball hath Shakespearean roots.

Hey Celebs, Are You Lonesome Tonight? Siri's Gotcha

The latest iPhone Siri ads, featuring actors Samuel L. Jackson, John Malkovich and Zooey Deschanel, are entertaining enough — if you enjoy watching people talking to themselves. Sure, Apple seems to be pushing its smartphone, but the subtler message may be about something else.

When A Job Interview Turns Into Psychoanalysis

Why should someone who wants a job have to confide their fears, flaws and darkest dreams to total — judgmental — strangers? A job interview is a professional encounter, after all, not psychoanalysis, a religious confession, a third date or family therapy.

Week In Politics: Wisconsin Recall, Presidential Race

Robert Siegel speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the Wisconsin recall vote and the ongoing presidential race.

Right On The Money: A 'Capital' Book For Our Times

In the 2008 financial crash, a lot was written in newspapers and even books — but there wasn't much fiction out there to help those who like to view life through an imaginative lens. Now author John Lanchester's Capital can fill that void. It describes the crash as seen from London, and Lizzie Skurnick calls it "brilliant."

The End Is Near, And It's No Walk 'On The Beach'

Growing up in the '80s, author Myla Goldberg crafted a survival plan in the event of a nuclear war. But all that changed when she read On the Beach by Nevil Shute. Have you ever read a book that gave you a sobering picture of the world? Tell us in the comments.

Please Sir, I'd Rather Have Another

In the run-up to the Belmont — the final race in the Triple Crown — commentator Frank Deford explains why he doesn't want I'll Have Another to be the winning horse.

How Walker Held On To His Job In Wisconsin

Gov. Scott Walker beat back a recall attempt in Wisconsin on Tuesday by doing what he had to do, turning out huge majorities in the Republican enclaves of the state — especially in its eastern half near Lake Michigan.

The Venus Transit: Who Cares?

There is far deeper and far more intimate reason why the Venus transit matters and it's all about Time.