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Don’t leave a message after the beep

Don’t leave a message after the beep

A telephone user texts on a cellphone. Credit: Photo by Lorianne DiSabato via Flickr Creative Commons In case you haven’t been to a movie theater recently, more and more people are texting on their cell phones. In fact, so many people are texting at this point that voice-mail, the technology which liberated us from our [...]

First round of DNC speeches: body language analysis

First round of DNC speeches: body language analysis

US First Lady Michelle Obama gestures during an interview after her rehearsal for her speech in the Time Warner Cable Arena September 3, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina as preparations for the 2012 Democratic National Convention continue. Credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images Words were spoken at the Democratic National Convention last night, but they weren’t the [...]

Will Latino voters determine who wins the presidency?

Will Latino voters determine who wins the presidency?

Democratic Party workers hand out signs at a celebration marking Mexican Independence Day September 14, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. Credit: John Moore/Getty Images There are over 50 million Latinos in the U.S. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, nine percent of the electorate in 2008 was Latino. Two-thirds of them voted for Barack Obama. However, [...]

Charlotte opens its arms to the DNC

Charlotte opens its arms to the DNC

A general view of the Charlotte skyline after the Democratic National Convention Committee Unveiling Stage for the DNC at Time Warner Cable Arena on August 31, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images Charlotte, North Carolina was named for Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who became the wife of England’s King George III the year [...]

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes…the baby question

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes…the baby question

Spanish couple Mauro and Juan Carlos play with their new baby girls. Credit: STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images With marriage equality comes “invasive personal question” equality. New brides and grooms have faced it for generations, now it’s grooms and grooms (or brides and brides) who have to put on a cheery face in response to the query “When [...]

A new law may make DIY food legal to sell

A new law may make DIY food legal to sell

Credit: Eric Thayer/Getty Images If you’ve every baked or eaten a homemade brownie so good you’d be willing to pay for it, you’re in luck. A new bill moving its way through the California legislature would make it legal for do-it-yourself bakers to sell home-cooked foods. Current laws prevent food prepared in anyplace other than [...]

Your take on the Republican National Convention

Your take on the Republican National Convention

View from inside the Republican National Convention as VP candidate Paul Ryan delivered his speech on Aug. 29, 2012. Credit: Gina Delvac/KPCC Sweep up the red, white and blue confetti. Take down the banners. Deflate the balloons. The Republican National Convention is over. The politicians are clearing the stage and headed back to Washington or [...]

Jason Alexander comes in to discuss 100 years of Paramount Pictures

Jason Alexander comes in to discuss 100 years of Paramount Pictures

Comedian Jason Alexander arrives at the Palm Pre Launch Event to Benefit Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America held at Raleigh Studios on June 3, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images An entertainment career spanning over three decades, Jason Alexander has seen and done it all. The film, stage, and television actor [...]

Mitt Romney’s time to shine

Mitt Romney’s time to shine

US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney disembarks from his campaign plane upon arriving in Tampa, Florida, on August 29, 2012. Credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images Tonight, the Republican National Convention steadies a spotlight on its biggest star, Mitt Romney. It’s the last major chance for the Republicans and Romney to put forth their four-year plan for [...]

Lisa Bloom asks big questions about today’s male society and their ‘Swagger’

Lisa Bloom asks big questions about today’s male society and their ‘Swagger’

With so many of today’s young male population in jail, jobless, and struggling in school, author Lisa Bloom takes a crack at these unsettling trends in her new book, “Swagger: 10 Urgent Rules for Raising Boys in an Era of Failing Schools, Mass Joblessness, and Thug Culture.” Bloom focuses on the cultural forces that hammer [...]