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How Legos went from being a cute toy to a play-time empire

How Legos went from being a cute toy to a play-time empire

David C. Robertson’s book “Brick by Brick” tells the story of the iconic LEGO brand. The iconic LEGO brick was built in 1958, and since has captivated fans everywhere becoming the world’s most valuable toy company.  But just 10 years ago the company faced bankruptcy, failing in profits. It started with a Danish carpenter who […]

Filmweek: Pacific Rim, Grown Ups 2, Fruitvale Station and more

Filmweek: Pacific Rim, Grown Ups 2, Fruitvale Station and more

Actor Charlie Day arrives at the premiere of Pacific Rim at Dolby Theatre on July 9, 2013 in Hollywood, California.; Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Larry and KPCC critics Tim Cogshell and Andy Klein review this week’s releases, including Pacific Rim, Grown Ups 2, Fruitvale Station and more. TGI-Filmweek! Pacific Rim Grown Ups 2 Fruitvale Station […]

Is the ‘Master Cleanse’ a detox diet or dangerous deprivation?

Is the ‘Master Cleanse’ a detox diet or dangerous deprivation?

Master cleanse ingredients in store. Consumer interest in “detox” drinks and pricey juices has skyrocketed in recent years. The “master cleanse” version has you forego food for days at a time in place of water, lemon juice, cayenne and honey or agave syrup. The goal is all around better health, including slimming down and boosting […]

Proposed law aims to increase parental rights of sperm donors

Proposed law aims to increase parental rights of sperm donors

What kind of parental rights should sperm donors have?; Credit: culpfiction/Flickr A new bill proposed by California State Senator Jerry Hill aims to increase parental rights to sperm donors. Under current state law, someone who donates sperm through a sperm bank and does not marry the woman who conceives is not considered the child’s natural […]

News consumption of Americans & how it affects journalism

News consumption of Americans & how it affects journalism

How do you get most of your news? The internet? Television? Radio?; Credit: Reut C/Flickr Since you’re reading this on the Internet, it may sound odd to learn that television is still the main source of news for the majority of Americans – 55% according to Gallup polling. It’s not just the retiree demographic either. […]

Can singing together make us happy?

Can singing together make us happy?

Can singing make us happy? Stacy Horn has spent years singing in an amateur choir, the Choral Society of Grace Church in New York. While Horn claims to not have an exceptional voice or to be particular religious,singing in a choir makes her happy. And she’s not alone. More than 30 million adults sing in […]

When leaving a party, do you say “goodbye” to your host, or do you “ghost”?

When leaving a party, do you say “goodbye” to your host, or do you “ghost”?

Do you have to say goodbye when you leave a party? ; Credit: tbphoto&video/flickr You’re at a friend’s Fourth of July party, you’ve had your fill of hot dogs and Bud Lite, and you’re officially ready to pull the ripcord and head home, but your host is locked in conversation with another of his guests. […]

Which movies have unforgettable computer graphics?

Which movies have unforgettable computer graphics?

Tom Sito’s new book, “Moving Innovation: A History of Computer Animation” Do you remember the first time you saw a light saber? Or what about being eye-to-eye with a T-Rex? Did you cry when Andy said good-bye and drove away from Woody and Buzz? Did you reach out to touch the fauna on Pandora? It’s amazing […]

Should schools still teach kids cursive handwriting?

Should schools still teach kids cursive handwriting?

Should we still teach our kids how to write in cursive?; Credit: Larry W. Smith/Getty Images With cursive instruction already on the decline, the newest editions of Common Core State Standards, a set of national goals for public schools, do not require that students learn cursive. Some people think that makes perfect sense, as keyboards […]

GRAPHIC VIDEO: Hawthorne officers shoot the dog of a man being taken into custody

GRAPHIC VIDEO: Hawthorne officers shoot the dog of a man being taken into custody

After arresting Leon Rosby, his two-year-old Rottweiler, Max, jumps out of the car. Max barks and jumps at one of the officers, and the officer shoots him four times. A seemingly routine arrest has turned into a viral video on YouTube, and the Hawthorne Police Department are under fire for shooting a dog. According to […]