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The certain death of the daily deal

The certain death of the daily deal

The Groupon logo is displayed on the company’s website. Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images Daily deals seem to be on their way out. Their demise is heralded by the recent fiscal failings of Groupon, the site that sells discounted package deals for anything from spa trips to burgers to reading glasses. Critics of Groupon have been [...]

What will a guilty sentence look like for Pussy Riot, and what’s so important about them, anyway?

What will a guilty sentence look like for Pussy Riot, and what’s so important about them, anyway?

Credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images Back in February, the European press was calling Pussy Riot, an all-female Russian punk band, “the latest symbol of young Russian discontent.” If that’s the case, then the anti-Putin youth of Russia now consider themselves on trial. Pussy Riot functions as a collective, with a rotating cast of characters who [...]

A media manipulator tells all

A media manipulator tells all

“Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator” Credit: By Ryan Holiday How much of what you read online is true? We all know that most blogs and websites aren’t the most reliable news sources. Students are endlessly urged to be discriminating when doing research online. Everyone is prepared to be skeptical of Wikipedia, [...]

Roger Guenveur Smith premieres new play about Rodney King

Roger Guenveur Smith premieres new play about Rodney King

Roger Guenveur Smith performs “Who Shot Bob Marley” at the Calabash Literary Festival on May 25, 2007. Credit: Georgia Popplewell/Flickr/Creative Commons Roger Guenveur Smith is an Obie-award winner actor, director, and writer known for his portrayal of Black Panther leader Huey Newton in “A Huey P. Newton Story.” “Rodney King,” his newest work, plays at [...]

Obama and Romney must appeal to swingers

Obama and Romney must appeal to swingers

Who are independent voters and how can candidates get their vote? Credit: wilsoncenter.org With Barack Obama and Mitt Romney running nearly neck-and-neck at this juncture (the president has a slight lead in the polls), the 2012 presidential election may very well be decided by the ‘swing vote.’ In states that require voters to declare party [...]

Is there an evolutionary purpose to religion and faith?

Is there an evolutionary purpose to religion and faith?

Marked with a cross of black ash on her forehead, a Catholics woman prays during an Ash Wednesday Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle February 22, 2012 in Washington, DC. Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, the 40-day penitential period before Easter when Christians celebrate Christ’s resurrection from the dead. One [...]

Political smear campaigns, then and now

Political smear campaigns, then and now

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign event at Central Campus High School on August 8, 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa. Mitt Romney is campaigning in Iowa before traveling to New Jersey and New York for fundraising events. Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images As election day inches closer, the messaging [...]

Oxford Dictonaries Online adds bibimbap, jeggings, and whatevs

Oxford Dictonaries Online adds bibimbap, jeggings, and whatevs

A screenshot of the Oxford Dictionaries Online (ODO) website entry for the word “bibimbap” taken on August 10, 2012. Credit: Oxford Dictioinaries Online Affogato, doughnut hole, and bibimbap: just three new words to enter the Oxford Dictionaries Online. The ODO adds new words every three months; this last batch took place in May, and, for [...]

FilmWeek: The Bourne Legacy, The Campaign, Hope Springs and more

FilmWeek: The Bourne Legacy, The Campaign, Hope Springs and more

Jeremy Renner attends ‘The Bourne Legacy’ Melbourne premiere at Village Cinemas, Crown Melbourne on August 8, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. Credit: Robert Prezioso/Getty Images Guest host David Lazarus is joined by KPCC film critics Andy Klein and Peter Rainer to review this week’s new films, including “The Bourne Legacy,” “The Campaign,” “Hope Springs” and more. [...]

Got wishes? Summer’s biggest meteor shower is here

Got wishes? Summer’s biggest meteor shower is here

A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky early August 12, 2008 near Rogers Spring in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada. The meteor display, known as the Perseid shower because it appears to radiate from the constellation Perseus in the northeastern sky, is a result of Earth’s orbit passing through debris from the comet [...]

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