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Can Amazon.com overcome its instant gratification problem?

Can Amazon.com overcome its instant gratification problem?

The Amazon Swansea fulfilment centre in Swansea, Wales. Credit: Matt Cardy/Getty Images Shopping on-line versus in a retail store has always been an either-or proposition; either you pay a little more and have it now or you pay less and wait for it to show up. On-line retailer Amazon.com however, may have the solution. For [...]

African Americans relied on the Green Book to guide them to places they could safely stay

African Americans relied on the Green Book to guide them to places they could safely stay

Credit: National Archives/Getty Images During the Jim Crow era, from the 1930s into the 1960s, African Americans who traveled relied on the Green Book, to guide them to the places they could safely stay, and to help them steer clear of those they couldn’t. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Desert Reckoning

Desert Reckoning

Deanne Stillman’s book chronicles the manhunt of scientist, desert hermit, and murderer Donald Kueck. The Wild West is not dead – it lives on in the vast Mojave desert north of Los Angeles. This modern wild west is peopled by ranchers, cowboys, bikers, squatters, felons and a host of iconoclasts who shun civilization, preferring the [...]

‘The Better End: Surviving (and Dying) on Your Own Terms in Today’s Modern Medical World’ according to Dan Morhaim

‘The Better End: Surviving (and Dying) on Your Own Terms in Today’s Modern Medical World’ according to Dan Morhaim

“The Better End: Surviving (and Dying) on Your Own Terms in Today’s Modern Medical World” by Dan Morhaim, M.D. Credit: The Johns Hopkins University Press We often praise modern medical science for providing advanced treatments that save lives using methods beyond what was once thought possible. Physicians are able to monitor, regulate and even engineer [...]

Family vacations – best with or without the kids?

Family vacations – best with or without the kids?

Should a summer vacation always include the kids? Credit: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images You probably remember them well: those hot summer days spent fighting with siblings and incurring sunburns while being herded by parents from cars to campgrounds, hotel rooms to historic sites. Family vacations might seem like a good idea at first. They certainly provide [...]

Is it time to hang up the valedictorian cap?

Is it time to hang up the valedictorian cap?

Graduating seniors of Joplin High School. Credit: Pool/Getty Images At Eagle Rock High School, this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian were separated by a mere five hundredths of a point in their grade point averages. While obtaining the rank of salutatorian is still an impressive feat, don’t tell that to the parents of Elisha Marquez. Marquez, [...]

Are summer jobs evaporating?

Are summer jobs evaporating?

In this photo taken Thursday, June 7, 2012, Colleen Knaggs, 18, talks about her fruitless efforts to find a summer job, from her home in Flagstaff, Ariz. Instead, Knaggs will be babysitting her younger brother, Matthew Knaggs, 10, right. Once a rite of passage to adulthood, summer jobs for teens are disappearing. Fewer than 3 [...]

See the USA, stadium by stadium

See the USA, stadium by stadium

LA’s own Dodgers Stadium. Credit: Grant Slater/KPCC Summer is baseball season – and road trip season. Just in time for Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game in Kansas City, we’ll take a state-by-state tour of the country’s best and worst major league stadiums with a couple of fans who’ve visited them all. From L.A. to Boston, every [...]

The ethnoarchaeology of the American home

The ethnoarchaeology of the American home

What do your refrigerator magnets say about you? What does the number of magnets on your refrigerator say about the clutter in your home? What’s the most common, the most costly, yet the least utilized home renovation? How many American garages actually house a car? What we buy, where we store it and how much [...]

Sapphire enters taboo territory with ‘The Kid,’ the sequel to the book that inspired ‘Precious’ film

Sapphire enters taboo territory with ‘The Kid,’ the sequel to the book that inspired ‘Precious’ film

“The Kid” by Sapphire Credit: Penguin Press HC, The How do rape victims cope with their violations? Author and performance poet Sapphire, who garnered critical acclaim for her novel “Push,” explores this topic in her new book “The Kid.” “Push,” was the inspiration for the 2009 film, “Precious” based on the character of the same [...]