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The nuts and bolts of economics

The nuts and bolts of economics

We’ve been inundated with economy-speak over the past few years. Derivatives, credit default swaps, mortgage-backed securities; ten-dollar words like “leverage” and “securitization,” and everybody’s favorite, “quantitative easing.” How to make sense of this alphabet soup? And why bother? Because what we don’t know about the market – as we’ve seen – can hurt us. To [...]

A "how-to" for secularism

A "how-to" for secularism

How to Be Secular: A Call to Arms for Religious Freedom How can being secular enhance one’s religious freedom? What steps can individuals take to be more secular? Guest: Jacques Berlinerblau, author of “How to Be Secular: A Call to Arms for Religious Freedom” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Services [...]

Mormons – the musical!

Mormons – the musical!

Choreographer Casey Nicholaw, writer Trey Parker, writer Matt Stone, and writer/lyricist Robert Lopez take a bow during the curtain call on the opening night of “the Book of Mormon” on Broadway at Eugene O’Neill Theatre on March 24, 2011 in New York City. Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images Who’s it more fun to write songs for [...]

Comedy Congress: Live from the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Day 5

Comedy Congress: Live from the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Day 5

Comedian Ben Bleib and KPCC’s Patt Morrison show off some DNC schwag while in Charlotte, North Carolina. Credit: Dave Coelho For the final session of Comedy Congress at the DNC in Charlotte, Comedy Congressman Ben Gleib talks with Howard Dean about the famous scream that bears his name, Michael Dukakis’ campaign regrets, and 88-year-old New [...]

FilmWeek: The Words, The Inbetweeners, Eye of the Storm and more

FilmWeek: The Words, The Inbetweeners, Eye of the Storm and more

Actress Zoe Saldana arrives at the premiere of CBS Films’ “The Words” at the Arclight Theatre on September 4, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Andy Klein and Wade Major to discuss this week’s new films, including The Words, The Inbetweeners, Eye of the Storm [...]

Richard Schiff of ‘West Wing’ chimes in about political fiction vs. reality

Richard Schiff of ‘West Wing’ chimes in about political fiction vs. reality

KPCC’s Patt Morrison poses with actor Richard Schiff, who portrayed the character “Toby Ziegler” on the popular television series “The West Wing.” This photo was taken in Charlotte, North Carolina on September 6, 2012 during the Democratic National Convention. Credit: Jasmin Tuffaha Actor Richard Schiff, better known to “West Wing” fans as Toby Ziegler, is [...]

Walmart in Chinatown? Not so fast…

Walmart in Chinatown? Not so fast…

The exterior of a Walmart. Credit: Tim Boyle/Getty Images Plans for a Walmart in Chinatown may be derailed if two groups have their way. The Asian Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union have both already sued Walmart, but the actual court date for the trial isn’t until November. [...]

Rising stars in the Democratic Party: Kamala Harris

Rising stars in the Democratic Party: Kamala Harris

Co-Chair of the Rules Committee, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris stands at the podium during day one of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 4, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images The Democratic Party has made it clear that the goal the convention is to define [...]

Don’t leave a message after the beep

Don’t leave a message after the beep

A telephone user texts on a cellphone. Credit: Photo by Lorianne DiSabato via Flickr Creative Commons In case you haven’t been to a movie theater recently, more and more people are texting on their cell phones. In fact, so many people are texting at this point that voice-mail, the technology which liberated us from our [...]

First round of DNC speeches: body language analysis

First round of DNC speeches: body language analysis

US First Lady Michelle Obama gestures during an interview after her rehearsal for her speech in the Time Warner Cable Arena September 3, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina as preparations for the 2012 Democratic National Convention continue. Credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images Words were spoken at the Democratic National Convention last night, but they weren’t the [...]