Ideas That Matter

Our resident philosopher presents a valuable and provocative A-to-Z -- from Absolutism to Zeitgeist -- of the concepts that will shape our century.

July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.