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What does a clean or cluttered workspace say about you?

What does a clean or cluttered workspace say about you?

Larry Mantle’s desk at KPCC’s Mohn Broadcast Center in Pasadena. ; Credit: Michelle Lanz/KPCC We want to see your workspaces! Message us a pic on Facebook or tweet us at @AirTalk.  Is a messy desk a sign of genius or merely a sign of a messy desk? It’s probably somewhere in between, say researchers at the […]

Are embassy closures a proper response to Al Qaeda chatter?

Are embassy closures a proper response to Al Qaeda chatter?

US Department of State Spokesperson Jen Psaki said the closures are not because of a new threat, but for extra caution. ; Credit: Getty Images The State Department has extended the closure of a number of embassies in the Middle East and North Africa until August 10. An intercepted message between senior Al Qaeda leaders […]

CBS and Time Warner play brinksmanship games

CBS and Time Warner play brinksmanship games

CBS is still pulled from TimeWarner lineup in major cities ; Credit: Flickr/jazzlog Negotiations have stalled in a very public way between  Time Warner Cable and CBS in their contract dispute. As of Friday, Time Warner blacked out CBS and all its affiliated channels in large markets including Los Angeles, New York and Dallas. It […]

How can big, hip cities attract young families?

How can big, hip cities attract young families?

A family walks by the Statue of Liberty on July 4, 2013 on the Liberty Island in New York City.; Credit: Kena Betancur/Getty Images Think Manhattan or San Francisco and the images that come up are young, hip urbanites living life up. But author Joel Kotkin says cities shouldn’t only be a playground for the […]

Untouchable roles: Can 2013’s ‘Carrie’ hold a candle to Sissy Spacek?

Untouchable roles: Can 2013’s ‘Carrie’ hold a candle to Sissy Spacek?

Actress Sissy Spacek scored an Oscar nomination for her role in the 1976 Carrie. Will the upcoming remake of the movie be as successful? This segment will air Friday, August 2. Because Hollywood never tires of remakes, you may have seen trailers for the reimagining of “Carrie,” in theatres in October, of course. Back in […]

Rehab or retreat: How should public figures handle sex scandals?

Rehab or retreat: How should public figures handle sex scandals?

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner said he won’t resign. ; Credit: Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images We’ve learned more today about why prominent radio personality Eddie “Piolin” Cotelo is no longer on the air. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, a colleague, Alberto “Beto” Cortez, has accused Piolin of sexual harassment and a laundry […]

Jewelry heist coincides with ‘Pink Panther’ jailbreak

Jewelry heist coincides with ‘Pink Panther’ jailbreak

Police cars parked outside the Carlton Hotel Sunday in the French Riviera resort of Cannes after an armed man held up the jewelery exhibition ‘Extraordinary diamonds.'; Credit: VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images A masked man broke into a diamond show in Cannes yesterday and snatched $136 million in jewels. Prosecutors in the French Riviera town said he […]

Do long distance relationships work?

Do long distance relationships work?

Is this too close for comfort? Do long distance relationships work better?; Credit: Flickr/BaileyRaeWeaver An estimated three million married couples in the U.S. live far away from each other, even though they rather live together. But a recent study published in the Journal of Communications, found that the  separation actually doesn’t have a negative impact on […]

Restaging violence: A Q&A with “The Act of Killing” director Joshua Oppenheimer

Restaging violence: A Q&A with “The Act of Killing” director Joshua Oppenheimer

“The Act of Killing” looks at a bloody chapter of Indonesian history that is seldom discussed outside of the country. The documentary “The Act of Killing” looks at a bloody chapter of Indonesian history that is seldom discussed outside of the country. Starting in 1965, paramilitary groups that would eventually put General Suharto in power […]

Edmunds.com’s top 10 biggest auto failures of the past decade (photos)

Edmunds.com’s top 10 biggest auto failures of the past decade (photos)

Photographers take pictures during the presentation of “MIEV” (Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle), the new electric and ecological vehicle for Latin America by Mitsubishi Motors, in San Jose on February 25, 2011. ; Credit: YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images The folks at Edmunds.com recently listed the top 10 auto failures of the past decade, using criteria like sales […]