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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 [...]

Consumers are ‘Overdressed’ for pennies on the high fashion dollar

Consumers are ‘Overdressed’ for pennies on the high fashion dollar

Elizabeth Cline was your typical clothing consumer lured in by fashion trends, but sold on low prices. Cline was buying a new article of clothing every week until she realized how many tops, hoodies, and pants she had that she barely ever wore. It wasn’t until Elizabeth caught herself bringing home seven pairs of identical [...]

Emmy nominations released this morning

Emmy nominations released this morning

The cast and crew of ‘Mad Men’ including Elisabeth Moss, Jon Hamm, Matthew Weiner and Christina Hendricks poses in the press room during the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on September 18, 2011. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images We’ll talk with leading critics to get their reactions to the [...]

Lauren Greenfield documents one family’s big American Dream in ‘The Queen of Versailles’

Lauren Greenfield documents one family’s big American Dream in ‘The Queen of Versailles’

Director and producer Lauren Greenfield (L) and Jacqueline Siegel arrive at ‘The Queen Of Versailles’ premiere held at Eccles Center Theatre during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2012 in Park City, Utah. Credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images What does it take to make an American Dream become a reality? David and Jackie Siegel’s [...]

How twins separated at birth inform the nature versus nurture debate

How twins separated at birth inform the nature versus nurture debate

Born Together—Reared Apart: The Landmark Minnesota Twin Study It’s a phrase that has firmly ensconced itself in popular language, particularly when talking about parenting. But where did the idea of “nature vs. nurture” come from? The answer is the now infamous Minnesota Study of Twins Reared Apart (MISTRA). In this study, researchers focused on the [...]

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 [...]