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New book takes an in-depth look at the ‘Untouchable’ Michael Jackson

New book takes an in-depth look at the ‘Untouchable’ Michael Jackson

“Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson” is a biography of the ‘King of Pop’ with unprecedented insight. Acclaimed journalist Randall Sullivan’s latest work paints an in-depth portrait of Michael Jackson sourced from previously  inaccessible material – access to those who were closest to Jackson in life and in business. Sullivan’s biography [...]

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

Davis Quammen’s “Spillover: Animal Infections And The Next Human Pandemic” Still afraid of bird flu? Black plague? David Quammen explores the history and mysteries of animal infections and human pandemic in his new book “Spillover.” Quammen’s chronicles of the little known relations between animal diseases and human illness is a fascinating (and terrifying) read. Quammen [...]

Who is liable for damages if an employee is harassed at work?

Who is liable for damages if an employee is harassed at work?

A view of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington DC. Credit: Alex Brandon/AP This week, the U.S. Supreme Court will evaluate workplace harassment in the context of supervision and determine who qualifies as a supervisor. The specific case before the court began with Maetta Vance, who was allegedly racially targeted by one of her immediate [...]

Big Man on Campus: LAUSD’s Superintendent John Deasy

Big Man on Campus: LAUSD’s Superintendent John Deasy

Superintendent John Deasy walks through an economics classroom at Los Angeles High School during a surprise visit. Credit: Tami Abdollah/KPCC As students across LA head back to school from their Thanksgiving break, LAUSD’s John Deasy will head back to his office with a lot of decisions to make after Proposition 30 passed on the November [...]

Thanksgiving’s over, time to share the memories

Thanksgiving’s over, time to share the memories

Screenshot from Nicole Westbrook’s “It’s Thanksgiving.” For many people, yesterday’s meal is the most highly anticipated and/or dreaded one of the year.  Perhaps that depends on whether you’re in charge of a houseful of relatives and a kitchen full of pots and pans, or one of the “orphans” who shows up with a bottle of [...]

‘Consider the Fork’ – a history of the way we eat

‘Consider the Fork’ – a history of the way we eat

Bee Wilson’s “Consider the Fork” Distinguished food writer and historian Bee Wilson offers up a unique history of food, the kitchen, and kitchen tools in her new book “Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat.” Just in time for Thanksgiving, when our culinary history is so heavily in play, “Consider the [...]

How will the Affordable Care Act affect small business health care costs?

How will the Affordable Care Act affect small business health care costs?

Papa John’s Founder, Chairman, and CEO John Schnatter (right) and President of the Papa John’s Chicago Marketing Co-op Sid Ruckriegel (left), in Burbank, IL on Monday, October 24, 2011. Credit: Ross Dettman/AP IMAGES FOR PAPA JOHN’S President Obama’s recent reelection assures that his signature first term legislative accomplishment, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), will remain [...]

The bitter taste of success: the rise and fall of the Anheuser-Busch brewing empire

The bitter taste of success: the rise and fall of the Anheuser-Busch brewing empire

Wooden beer cases are seen on display inside a stable for the Budweiser Clydesdales during an Anheuser-Busch Cos. brewery tour. Credit: Whitney Curtis/Getty Images The saga of Budweiser and Anheuser-Busch is a classic parable of the rise, international domination and eventual disillusionment of the American industrial age. Like most classic American success stories, the chronicle [...]

Should people who post offensive material online be publicly shamed?

Should people who post offensive material online be publicly shamed?

A Blackberry phone user accesses micro-blogging site Twitter. Credit: DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images The Internet has made it increasingly easy for people to express themselves. Getting online has never been easier – users young and old can update statuses on social networking sites from their smartphones, publish a blog post on WordPress and promote it all [...]

Filmweek: Anna Karenina, Silver Linings Playbook, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 and more

Filmweek: Anna Karenina, Silver Linings Playbook, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 and more

(L-R) Alicia Vikander, Keira Knightley, Joe Wright and Domhnall Gleeson attend the “Anna Karenina” New York Special Screening at Florence Gould Hall on November 7, 2012 in New York City. Credit: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Claudia Puig and Henry Sheehan to review the week’s new film releases including Anna [...]