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‘National Same Sex Kiss Day’ comes to a Chick-Fil-A near you

‘National Same Sex Kiss Day’ comes to a Chick-Fil-A near you

Protesters hold signs and shout slogans outside a Chick-fil-A food truck in a mid-day demonstration organized by the Human Rights Campaign in Washington on 26 July, 2012 after the fast-food firm’s president Dan Cathy came out against marriage equality in the United States. The protesters accused Chick-fil-A of a long history of supporting groups that [...]

If swimming is the only sport that can save your life, why are pools closing?

If swimming is the only sport that can save your life, why are pools closing?

A public swimming pool. Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images The height of summer conjures images of long lazy days lying by the pool or ocean, dipping in and having fun when the heat gets too much. But the water can be one of the most dangerous places to be – if you don’t know how to [...]

Is it ethical to keep brain dead people alive for their organs?

Is it ethical to keep brain dead people alive for their organs?

Two organ donor application leaflets shown in London on January 16, 2008. Credit: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images At any given time, there are more than 114,000 Americans in need of life-saving organ transplants. And on average, 18 of them lose their lives every day because they did not receive the transplant they need. Even still, there [...]

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 [...]