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Why is Wikipedia a boys’ space?

Why is Wikipedia a boys’ space?

Mary Gardiner, co-founder, Ada Initiative, speaks during the ‘Wikimania 2012′ international Wikimedia conference July 12, 2012 at the Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC. Wikimania is an annual gathering of editors from Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. Credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images Why Is Wikipedia a boys’ space? 90 percent of its editors are men and these [...]

Cue up the playlist, dinner is served

Cue up the playlist, dinner is served

How do restaurants choose what music to play? Credit: Muy Yum/Flickr (cc by nc/nd) You’ve scouted out the hottest new restaurant and pored over the menu to make sure it’s appropriate for all parties. Everything has been checked and double-checked to ensure the best dining experience for everyone. Then, when you walk in to the [...]

‘Fight Club’ author Chuck Palahniuk reimagines his third novel ‘Invisible Monsters’

‘Fight Club’ author Chuck Palahniuk reimagines his third novel ‘Invisible Monsters’

Author Chuck Palahniuk poses for a photograph during a reading hosted by Strand Bookstore at Webster Hall on May 4, 2009. Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images Authors don’t usually get the chance to do a “director’s cut” of their earlier works, but success has its perks. It was the David Fincher-directed adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s first [...]

FilmWeek: Ice Age: Continental Drift, Red Lights, The Pact and more

FilmWeek: Ice Age: Continental Drift, Red Lights, The Pact and more

Ice Age’s Scrat, the sabre-toothed squirrel, with its acorn. Credit: FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Claudia Puig, Henry Sheehan and Charles Solomon to review this week’s new films, including Ice Age: Continental Drift, Red Lights, The Pact and more. TGI-FilmWeek! Guests: Claudia Puig, film critic for KPCC and USA Today [...]

Can the porn industry fight back against required condoms?

Can the porn industry fight back against required condoms?

Derrick Burts, 24, the actor whose HIV positive test sparked a temporary shutdown of the US porn filmmaking industry called for mandatory condom use on set, in his first public comments on the scare during a press conference in Hollywood, California on December 8, 2010. Burts said he had only worked in the porn industry [...]

Can Amazon.com overcome its instant gratification problem?

Can Amazon.com overcome its instant gratification problem?

The Amazon Swansea fulfilment centre in Swansea, Wales. Credit: Matt Cardy/Getty Images Shopping on-line versus in a retail store has always been an either-or proposition; either you pay a little more and have it now or you pay less and wait for it to show up. On-line retailer Amazon.com however, may have the solution. For [...]

African Americans relied on the Green Book to guide them to places they could safely stay

African Americans relied on the Green Book to guide them to places they could safely stay

Credit: National Archives/Getty Images During the Jim Crow era, from the 1930s into the 1960s, African Americans who traveled relied on the Green Book, to guide them to the places they could safely stay, and to help them steer clear of those they couldn’t. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Desert Reckoning

Desert Reckoning

Deanne Stillman’s book chronicles the manhunt of scientist, desert hermit, and murderer Donald Kueck. The Wild West is not dead – it lives on in the vast Mojave desert north of Los Angeles. This modern wild west is peopled by ranchers, cowboys, bikers, squatters, felons and a host of iconoclasts who shun civilization, preferring the [...]

‘The Better End: Surviving (and Dying) on Your Own Terms in Today’s Modern Medical World’ according to Dan Morhaim

‘The Better End: Surviving (and Dying) on Your Own Terms in Today’s Modern Medical World’ according to Dan Morhaim

“The Better End: Surviving (and Dying) on Your Own Terms in Today’s Modern Medical World” by Dan Morhaim, M.D. Credit: The Johns Hopkins University Press We often praise modern medical science for providing advanced treatments that save lives using methods beyond what was once thought possible. Physicians are able to monitor, regulate and even engineer [...]

Family vacations – best with or without the kids?

Family vacations – best with or without the kids?

Should a summer vacation always include the kids? Credit: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images You probably remember them well: those hot summer days spent fighting with siblings and incurring sunburns while being herded by parents from cars to campgrounds, hotel rooms to historic sites. Family vacations might seem like a good idea at first. They certainly provide [...]

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