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College is harder than ever to get in, but is it easier once you’re there?

College is harder than ever to get in, but is it easier once you’re there?

Did these kids get off easy? Credit: Pool/Getty Images In a recent research paper from the University of California at Santa Barbara, evidence shows college students have it easier than ever. The paper, titled “Leisure College, USA” compared modern survey responses with information from past studies, notably a longitudinal study called Project Talent, which focused [...]

Are Google’s search results protected by the First Amendment?

Are Google’s search results protected by the First Amendment?

Google’s music search feature is demonstrated at a press conference to announce the new feature, called OneBox, at Capitol Records headquarters in Los Angeles on October 28, 2009. Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images Do you consider Internet search engines like Google to be publications that fall into the same category as newspapers and magazines or do [...]

The appeal of “Fifty Shades of Grey”

The appeal of “Fifty Shades of Grey”

Fifty Shades of Grey “Fifty Shades of Grey” induces cringes and giggles, but still has the ladies talking about sexual domination. Why has this particular book exploded? Why are so many women passing it around and talking about it? What impact is the safety in numbers having? Guest: Rachel Kramer Bussel, author, editor, blogger and [...]

My 64,000+ member book club, on Twitter: Is the book dying, or getting a social life?

My 64,000+ member book club, on Twitter: Is the book dying, or getting a social life?

A close-up view of the homepage of the microblogging website Twitter on June 1, 2011. Credit: Oli Scarff/Getty Images It’s always difficult for book clubs to choose their next subject, but it’s especially difficult for Jeff Howe, who runs a book club with over 64,000 members…on Twitter. How does it work? What do they read? [...]

Federal mandated birth control access faces challenges in court

Federal mandated birth control access faces challenges in court

New federal regulations require employers to provide no-cost prescription birth control as part of their health insurance plans. Credit: Tim Matsui/Getty Images The Obama administration is being sued by many prominent Catholic institutions who are challenging a federal mandate for employers to provide contraception to their employees. The archdiocese of New York and Washington D.C. [...]

Should it be legal to videotape the police?

Should it be legal to videotape the police?

Using cameras a police officer squares off with protestors during a demonstration organized by National Nurses United in Daley Plaza where they were calling for a “Robin Hood” tax on stocks, bonds, derivatives and other financial instruments May 18, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images When Christopher Sharp used his cell phone camera [...]

Are the Girl Scouts and the Catholic Church headed for splitsville?

Are the Girl Scouts and the Catholic Church headed for splitsville?

A group of Girl Scouts at a Capitol Hill event earlier this year. Credit: Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Girl Scouts of The Girls Scouts of America are celebrating their centennial but the Catholic Church may be absent from the festivities. According to The Christian Science Monitor the U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops has opened an [...]

Democratic senators go after Facebook co-founder for avoiding taxes, but Republicans call foul

Democratic senators go after Facebook co-founder for avoiding taxes, but Republicans call foul

Eduardo Saverin, co-founder of Facebook attends the 7th Annual Common Sense Media Awards honoring Bill Clinton at Gotham Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City. Credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Common Sense Media In September of 2011, Eduardo Saverin, one of the co-founders of Facebook, renounced his United States citizenship and eight months [...]

Buddy Guy: the greatest blues guitarist alive!

Buddy Guy: the greatest blues guitarist alive!

Buddy Guy performs on stage. Credit: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images From a very early age, Buddy Guy knew he wanted to play music. His parents were sharecroppers in rural Louisiana and when they got electricity and bought a record player, his life-long passion was ignited. The inspiration came in 1949 when he heard John Lee Hooker’s [...]

Keeping drugs for personal use could be classified a misdemeanor, not a felony

Keeping drugs for personal use could be classified a misdemeanor, not a felony

Detective Paul Baker holds two rocks of crystal meth with a street value of NZD$83,000 alongside firearms that were confiscated as part of Operation Slab at the North Shore Policing Centre on August 19, 2010 in Auckland, New Zealand. Credit: Phil Walter/Getty Images Will reducing the personal possession of drugs like cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine [...]