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As UCLA football taps Chip Kelly as new head coach, the economics of major apparel deals in college sports

As UCLA football taps Chip Kelly as new head coach, the economics of major apparel deals in college sports

Head coach Chip Kelly of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on during the game between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles at Gillette Stadium on December 6, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.; Credit: Jim Rogash/Getty Images AirTalk® A new era of UCLA Bruin football starts on Monday when the school will introduce Chip Kelly as […]

What makes a ‘blood brother?’: Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill’s unlikely friendship

What makes a ‘blood brother?’: Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill’s unlikely friendship

“Blood Brothers: The Story of the Strange Friendship Between Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill” (Simon & Schuster, 2017) by Deanne Stillman; Credit: Simon & Schuster 2017 Audrey Ngo | AirTalk® When imagining Buffalo Bill, people might picture a showman riding horseback, handling a lasso. In short–he represented the the Wild West. But prior to his […]

DOJ investigating Harvard affirmative action policies against Asian-Americans

DOJ investigating Harvard affirmative action policies against Asian-Americans

People walk around the Harvard University”s main campus December 19, 2000 in Cambridge, MA.; Credit: Darren McCollester/Getty Images AirTalk® The Department of Justice is officially investigating Harvard’s admission practices after multiple complaints filed against the university alleging discrimination against Asian-American applicants. The complaints were filed in 2014 and alleged that Harvard disadvantages Asian students by […]

Former ‘Manson Family’ member: ‘I hope it brings closure’

Former ‘Manson Family’ member: ‘I hope it brings closure’

A photo provided by the California Department of Corrections shows 77-year-old serial killer Charles Manson Wed., April 4, 2012. Manson will have an April 11, 2011 parole hearing in California. ; Credit: AP/California Department of Corrections Jacklyn Kim | AirTalk® Charles Manson, leader of the notorious “Manson Family” cult, died of natural causes on Sunday […]

Should Franken and Moore be ousted? Accountability, personal values and the most pragmatic path forward

Should Franken and Moore be ousted? Accountability, personal values and the most pragmatic path forward

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) listens as Judge Neil Gorsuch testifies during second day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, March 21, 2017 in Washington.; Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images AirTalk® After being accused of sexual harassment by radio anchor Leeann Tweeden, Democratic […]

House’s tax vote, plus LA radio personality accuses Al Franken of sexual misconduct

House’s tax vote, plus LA radio personality accuses Al Franken of sexual misconduct

US Senator Al Franken, Democrat of Minnesota, attends a US Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism hearing on Russian influence on social networks with representatives from Facebook, Twitter and Google, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October 31, 2017.; Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® The House is expected to pass its version of the […]

How should UCLA discipline the 3 players caught shoplifting in China?

How should UCLA discipline the 3 players caught shoplifting in China?

LaVar Ball (L), father of basketball player LiAngelo Ball and the owner of the Big Baller brand, sits with his other son LaMelo Ball (R) during a promotional event in Hong Kong on November 14, 2017. LiAngelo Ball and UCLA basketball teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were arrested on November 7 in Hangzhou.; Credit: […]

FDA approves first digital pill: What is it and what are the concerns?

FDA approves first digital pill: What is it and what are the concerns?

Anti-depressant pills named Fluoxetine are shown March 23, 2004 photographed in Miami, Florida.; Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images AirTalk® The Food and Drug Administration approved a first yesterday – a digital pill that that can tell doctors if and when a patient took the medicine. As cited by the New York Times, millions of patients don’t […]

Week in politics: How the Senate GOP is responding to Roy Moore allegations, wrapping up President Trump’s Asia trip and more

Week in politics: How the Senate GOP is responding to Roy Moore allegations, wrapping up President Trump’s Asia trip and more

US President Donald Trump (L) listens to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during their bilateral meeting on the side line of the 31st Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila on November 13, 2017.; Credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore says he’s going to sue the Washington Post […]

Amidst flatlining scores, we check in on standardized testing in CA

Amidst flatlining scores, we check in on standardized testing in CA

Standardized test scores are plateauing in California schools, and some are calling for a fundamental shift in teaching strategies.; Credit: Stock photo by Shannan Muskopf/flickr Creative Commons AirTalk® California implemented new standardized tests in 2015, so it was expected that scores would dip before rising once students acclimated to the new format. But three years […]