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Walter Cronkite, the anchor of middle America

Walter Cronkite, the anchor of middle America

Credit: HarperCollins History is shaped by many, but perhaps even more so by journalists and members of the media, whose choices about what stories to follow and questions to ask shape much of public dialogue (like it or not). Walter Cronkite, who delivered newspapers as a boy in Houston, grew into one of the most [...]

Can women indeed “have it all,” and what does that even mean?

Can women indeed “have it all,” and what does that even mean?

A young woman trying to crunch some time brings her work to bed. Credit: iStockPhoto The modern woman most likely juggles her time between family, job, and any semblance of a social life she’s able to pull together in her spare time. Successfully keeping all of these plates spinning means to “have it all” – [...]

Deaths of environmental activists on the rise, all over the globe

Deaths of environmental activists on the rise, all over the globe

Protesters march through the decades-old Vila Autodromo squatter settlement before demonstrating outside an entrance to the Rio + 20 conference on June 20, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images As the global population soars, resources like wood, arable land, precious metals, and drinkable water become scarcer, and the battle over land [...]

In praise of the 10,000-mile diet – the locavore’s dilemma

In praise of the 10,000-mile diet – the locavore’s dilemma

Credit: PublicAffairs If you went to a farmers market this weekend looking for the most local groceries, thinking you’re helping the environment and the local economy – think again. Backed by several inconvenient truths, the authors of “The Locavore’s Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-Mile Diet” join Patt to explain the paradox of eating local. [...]

You’re not the boss of me

You’re not the boss of me

Some companies are throwing the concept of bosses out the corner office window. Considering the plot of last year’s “Horrible Bosses,” where three men plot to murder their bosses, it’s fair to say that anyone with a job spends a lot of thinking about upper management. Love them or hate them, bosses are a part [...]

How does Jerry Sandusky’s trial compare to others?

How does Jerry Sandusky’s trial compare to others?

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse, on June 19, 2012 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images The 12 jurors in the trial of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky have been deliberating for over twelve hours. They’re sequestered in the Pennsylvania town of Bellefonte. The goal [...]

One Day on Earth

One Day on Earth

“One Day on Earth” was created through the help of thousands of people all over the world. Credit: imdb.com Usually, a movie takes years to make from start to finish. Kyle Ruddick’s new documentary, however, only took one day. (Well, not counting editing, that is.) “One Day on Earth” is a bold, global film project [...]

Is summer better in L.A. or N.Y.C.?

Is summer better in L.A. or N.Y.C.?

Credit: AFP/Getty Images and Dhrupad Bezboruah/flickr/CC Patt’s counterpart on the East Coast joins her for one of their periodic duels of L.A. versus N.Y.C. This time, it’s summer here versus summer there. Here in Los Angeles we rock the movies in cemeteries and there’s always the Hollywood Bowl. Then again, New York’s got Shakespeare in [...]

The Internet’s new red-light district

The Internet’s new red-light district

The new .xxx domain. Credit: ICM Registry LLC Yes, the Internet is a tool which allows for communication on a global scale. Sure, you can use it to research hundreds of web sites about every topic imaginable. And of course, it’s a revolutionary technology which has changed everything about how you go about your daily [...]

John Irving

John Irving

Author John Irving holds his Oscar for Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Published for ‘The Cider House Rules’ at the 72nd Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles 26 March 2000. Credit: Scott Nelson/AFP/Getty Images Academy Award winning screenwriter and novelist John Irving credits includes “The Cider House Rules” and “A Prayer for Owen Meany.” [...]