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Rebuilding & recriminations: what will post-tsunami, post-nuclear disaster Japan look like?

Rebuilding & recriminations: what will post-tsunami, post-nuclear disaster Japan look like?

The earthquake and resulting tsunami that hit northern Japan in March has had immediate impacts on the Japanese and those towns in the path of the wall of water, but the ripple effects are international: as the aftermath of the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant unfolded Germany has declared that it will [...]

The inside scoop on the New York Times

The inside scoop on the New York Times

The way that people get information is changing, perhaps faster than news organizations can adapt. Blogs, Internet-only entities like the Huffington Post and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are co-opting territory previously dominated by traditional print and broadcast media outlets. But it’s not just how the news is being disseminated that’s evolving. A [...]

Jurassic Park 2.0 or, Once and Future Giants: What ice age extinctions tell us about the fate of earth’s largest animals

Jurassic Park 2.0 or, Once and Future Giants: What ice age extinctions tell us about the fate of earth’s largest animals

Archeologist Paul S. Martin was obsessed with extinct animals in a kind of Jurassic Park sort of way. His “Pleistocene rewilding” theory argued that the extinction of megafauna (large creatures of the past, including saber-toothed cats, mastodons and short-faced kangaroos) had drastically knocked North America’s ecological equilibrium off balance and that one way to correct [...]

Charles Dillingham leaving CTG

Charles Dillingham leaving CTG

Charles Dillingham has been managing the finances and overseeing the marketing and administration of the Center Theater Group for nearly 20 years but this month he is stepping down. During his tenure as CTG’s managing director, he has presided over the renovations of the Ahmanson Theater and the Mark Taper Forum and the building and [...]

IRS sees skyrocketing cases of identity theft

IRS sees skyrocketing cases of identity theft

According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), in 2008 the IRS found 52,000 cases of identity theft. Last year that number jumped to 245,000. And the scary news is most experts expect that number to be much higher due to the delay associated with reporting these crimes. The cases typically involve individuals either using false [...]

In defense of flogging

In defense of flogging

Given the choice between five years in prison and 10 lashes, which would you chose? Peter Moskos, a criminologist and former Baltimore police officer, claims that flogging (a form of corporal punishment, lashes with a whip to a person’s back) can be the more humane form of punishment. And it’s cheaper than housing white-collar criminals [...]

Somebody call Peter Singer! The development and ethics of meat in a tube

Somebody call Peter Singer! The development and ethics of meat in a tube

Before the discovery of mice stem cells in 1981, the idea of meat that could be grown in a laboratory seemed outlandish to the greater scientific community, and to others, downright crazy. But in recent years, researchers have made major breakthroughs, managing to grow bovine muscle tissue from just a couple of cells in a [...]

FilmWeek: Super 8, Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, Bride Flight, The Trip, Viva Riva, Just Like Us and more

FilmWeek: Super 8, Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, Bride Flight, The Trip, Viva Riva, Just Like Us and more

KPCC film critics Andy Klein and Tim Cogshell join Larry to review the week’s new film releases including Super 8, Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, Bride Flight, The Trip, Viva Riva, Just Like Us and more. TGI-FilmWeek! Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Film in the Big Apple

Film in the Big Apple

Founded in 2002 in response to the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) aims to celebrate New York City as a major filmmaking center and to contribute to the long-term recovery of lower Manhattan. Patt surveys the New York film scene and this season’s hits with a renowned [...]

Prison reform – it’s not just for liberals

Prison reform – it’s not just for liberals

Pat Nolan knows something about prison – and its problems. A former California legislator who served 29 months in federal custody for racketeering, he experienced first-hand a system desperately in need of reform. Motivated by his stint behind bars, Nolan became an expert on a variety of prison reform issues including rehabilitation, 3-strikes reform, sentencing, [...]