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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 [...]

Which political films get it right?

Which political films get it right?

Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis attend “The Campaign” premiere at The Newseum on July 31, 2012 in Washington, DC. Credit: Larry French/Getty Images This week, moviegoers will see Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell square off in ‘The Campaign.’ Of course, Americans have been watching Barack Obama and Mitt Romney go at it for months now, [...]

Does separating boys and girls help them learn better?

Does separating boys and girls help them learn better?

An empty classroom. Credit: James F Clay/Flickr One of the ongoing and growing controversies in the new academic reality in the aftermath of the No Child Left Behind reforms is the proliferation of single-sex public education. Proponents believe that separating boys and girls for certain classes in mixed gender schools allows the curricula to be [...]

Actor Alfred Molina as bad boy artist Mark Rothko in ‘Red’ at the Mark Taper Forum

Actor Alfred Molina as bad boy artist Mark Rothko in ‘Red’ at the Mark Taper Forum

Alfred Molina in the Donmar Warehouse production of the Tony Award-winning Best Play “Red” by John Logan, playing at the Mark Taper Forum August 1 through September 9, 2012. Credit: Photo by Johan Persson/ArenaPAL This Sunday, the Mark Taper forum opens its new show ‘Red,’ starring Alfred Molina as Mark Rothko. The play takes place [...]

Is your personal information secure with Apple, Amazon? Wired’s Mat Honan offers advice for protecting yourself online

Is your personal information secure with Apple, Amazon? Wired’s Mat Honan offers advice for protecting yourself online

You would probably think that a technology magazine reporter would be an expert at keeping his personal information safe on the Internet; however; this past weekend, Wired Magazine contributor Mat Honan had his digital life kidnapped by hackers. Along with deleting his Google account, hackers also erased all the data on Honan’s MacBook, iPhone, and [...]

How will presidential candidates win over Asian-American voters?

How will presidential candidates win over Asian-American voters?

Mitt Romney and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell were featured on the front page of a Chinese-language newspaper following a visit to the Northern Virginia’s Asian-American community in June. Credit: Courtesy of Peter Su According to 2010 United States Census Bureau statistics, Asian-Americans account for more than five percent of the country’s population, with the fastest [...]

Sculptor Xavier Neilhan celebrates the life and work of Richard Neutra

Sculptor Xavier Neilhan celebrates the life and work of Richard Neutra

Architect Richard Neutra’s Kraigher House, located in Brownsville, Texas. Credit: National Trust for Historic Preservation What’s the first thing you think when you see an airplane towing a blank, ivory banner through the sky? Can’t wrap your mind around it? Well, that’s one indication you’re dealing with modern art. This airborne performance will open “Architectones,” [...]