Commentator Frank Deford says the NFL is home to bullies, wife beaters, racists and, yes, some homophobes. But to suggest that one young gay man in the locker room would be too much for that bunch to stomach, he says, is "ludicrous."
Some consider former NSA contractor Edward Snowden a hero for releasing classified material to the media; others argue that he has irreparably harmed national security. Famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and a former CIA director face off in the latest Intelligence Squared debate.
Commentator Andrei Codrescu says Google — and earlier, the Guinness Book of Records — has reduced the number of barroom brawls by clearing up matters of fact. But even as more and more of our factual debates find concrete answers, unanswerable questions will always rise up to take their place.
The operator of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant is under criticism for its management of the cleanup after the tsunami and subsequent meltdown in 2011. NPR's Anthony Kuhn recently went inside one of the Fukushima reactors to see the efforts himself.
Shirley Temple Black lifted America's heart during the darkest days of the Great Depression and went on to render exemplary service as U.S. ambassador to two countries. Bob Englehart offers a Valentine's Day tribute to the former child star, while Nate Beeler notes how outstanding her accomplishments were.
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