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FilmWeek: To The Wonder, 42, It’s a Disaster, and more

FilmWeek: To The Wonder, 42, It’s a Disaster, and more

(L-R) Actors Olga Kurylenko, Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams attend the premiere of Magnolia Pictures’ ‘To The Wonder’ at Pacific Design Center on April 9, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. ; Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Andy Klein and Henry Sheehan to review this week’s latest, including To the […]

Are group medical appointments a solution to physician shortages?

Are group medical appointments a solution to physician shortages?

Instead of a one-on-one doctor’s visit, would you share your appointment with a group of strangers that have similar symptoms?; Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images Under the Affordable Care Act, a surge of people will need health care, but how will medical professionals be able to accommodate everyone? The Annals of Family Medicine projects that an […]

Why anti-bullying policies hurt more than help

Why anti-bullying policies hurt more than help

“Bully Nation,” by Susan Eva Porter As the public looks at adolescent development to make sense of violent tragedies, anti-bullying programs and policies are growing. However, an educator and clinician for 25 years asked herself a question: “Why have our views toward aggression changed when the kids haven’t changed?” Her answer was Columbine. Educator Susan Eva […]

Study shows widening income gap between professors at public and private universities

Study shows widening income gap between professors at public and private universities

Students walk across the campus of UCLA. What does the discrepancy in pay for professors at public and private universities mean for higher education? ; Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images The annual economics report from American Association of University Professors reveals that the difficult economic climate is taking a particularly nasty toll on professors at public […]

Annette Funicello, from Mouseketeer to pop culture icon

Annette Funicello, from Mouseketeer to pop culture icon

In this Jan. 3, 1978 file photo, actress Annette Funicello recalls moments when she played a “Mouseketeer” on ABC’s first successful daytime television show,”The Mickey Mouse Club” in Los Angeles, while she was taping an ABC Silver Anniversary Celebration special.; Credit: Lennox McLendon/AP Original Disney Mouseketeer Annette Funicello died today at the age of 70 […]

The fates of famous corpses

The fates of famous corpses

“Rest in Pieces,” by Bess Lovejoy Hugo Chávez’s death reverberated around the world, and so did the news that Venezuelan officials wanted to embalm the body for permanent display. It ended up not happening, but bodies of other famous people have gone through some odd adventures. This topic inspired Bess Lovejoy to do some research. […]

What the Affordable Care Act means for seniors

What the Affordable Care Act means for seniors

What will happen under California’s new pilot program for “dual eligibles,” senior citizens that are under Medicare and Medical? Credit: David McNew/Getty Images Call it Obamacare, call it health care reform, call it whatever you want. The overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act just had its […]

Angels start 2013 with a bang, but baseball seasons are long hauls

Angels start 2013 with a bang, but baseball seasons are long hauls

Jered Weaver #36 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim throws a pitch during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on April 1, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images The Los Angeles Angels started their season on the road in Cincinnati on Monday, where they went 13 innings […]

How the Information Age is changing everything

How the Information Age is changing everything

Kenneth Cukier and Viktor Mayer-Schonberger authored “Big Data: A revolution that will transform how we live, work, and think.” Credit: Big Data bookcover It’s a wonderful time to ask questions. The immense amount of information available through the internet has transformed data and data analysis. In their book “Big Data,” Viktor Mayer-Schömberger and Kenneth Cukier […]

The troubled genius that was Dennis Hopper

The troubled genius that was Dennis Hopper

US actor and director Dennis Hopper poses in front of one of his art-works in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, 15 February 2001. The exhibition “Dennis Hopper (a keen eye) artist, photographer, filmmaker” will officially open here to public 17 February 2001. Credit: COR MULDER/AFP/Getty Images Who was Dennis Hopper? The better question may be […]