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Winning the ‘war on doping’ in athletics

Winning the ‘war on doping’ in athletics

An analyst works in the Olympic anti-doping laboratory in January. The lab in Harlow, England will test 5,000 of the 10,490 athletes’ samples from the London 2012 Games. Credit: Oli Scarff/Getty Images All eyes are on London with the opening of the Olympics, but where there are high profile athletes, the conversation soon turns to [...]

What belongings would you save in the event of a house fire?

What belongings would you save in the event of a house fire?

It’s an age-old conundrum incited by a question that everyone dearly hopes remains hypothetical. Its also the question posed by a new book by Foster Huntington called “The Burning House.” The book began its life as a conversation at a dinner party. That one four-word question caused people to look inward and truly consider what [...]

Will Sacramento River pipeline be enough?

Will Sacramento River pipeline be enough?

Current water pump pipes in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, an area that has been heavily impacted by our water needs. Credit: David McNew/Getty Images Governor Jerry Brown and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will announce a proposed plan today to build two massive tunnels that would carry water south from the Sacramento River. The project [...]

The Olympics provide a gambler’s playground

The Olympics provide a gambler’s playground

A general view of the London 2012 Olympic countdown clock as it shows 7 days to go, in Trafalgar Square on July 20, 2012 in London, England. The opening ceremony of the games will take place on July 27, 2012. Credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images For some, betting is like breathing. Devoted gamblers will wager anything [...]

The transitional year of 1970 in rock and roll, politics, and culture

The transitional year of 1970 in rock and roll, politics, and culture

Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970 Credit: By David Browne Just exactly when did the sixties end, and the seventies begin? The Kent State shootings? The U.S. invasion of Cambodia? The first Earth Day, or the first Gay Pride march? The deaths of Janis [...]

Largest antitrust settlement in U.S. history is bad for banks, but may be good for economy

Largest antitrust settlement in U.S. history is bad for banks, but may be good for economy

Visa and MasterCard credit card logos are seen in a store window in Washington on March 30, 2012. Credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images For years, Visa, Mastercard, and other card-issuing banks have been charging fees to merchants for access to their payment networks. Attorneys representing more than 7 million retailers, however, have argued that there has [...]

The art and science behind the sound of the Olympics

The art and science behind the sound of the Olympics

How does audio for the televised Olympics differ from real sounds heard by the audience actually at the games? Credit: Paul Gilham/Getty Images This segment is part of KPCC’s series “L.A. To London,” which will be exploring local connections to the 2012 Summer Olympics. View the series and follow it on Twitter at #latolondon. The [...]

Sally Ride, first American woman in space, dies at 61

Sally Ride, first American woman in space, dies at 61

In this June 1983 photo provided by NASA, astronaut Sally Ride, a specialist on shuttle mission STS-7, monitors control panels from the pilot’s chair on the shuttle Columbia flight deck. Credit: NASA/Via AP The American physicist, first American woman, and youngest American to enter space died today after a 17 month battle with pancreatic cancer. [...]

Chick-fil-A takes a stand on gay marriage

Chick-fil-A takes a stand on gay marriage

Chick-fil-A founder and Chairman S.Truett Cathy listens during the keynote address delivered by US Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney at Liberty University’s 39th Annual Commencement in Lynchburg, Virginia, May 12, 2012. Credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images Have you ever wondered if the businesses you frequent share your political views? Well, it’s been getting easier to find [...]

Millennials go to the movies, but only if they’re new ones…

Millennials go to the movies, but only if they’re new ones…

Andrew Garfield attends the Germany premiere of “The Amazing Spider-Man” at Sony Center on June 20, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images for Sony Pictures When you saw billboards and advertisements for the new Spider-Man movie, did you scratch your head? “I could have sworn this movie just came out. What gives?” you [...]