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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 [...]

‘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