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John Waters brings one-man show to KPCC

John Waters brings one-man show to KPCC

John Waters, the outlandish American filmmaker with an affinity for the weird, the extreme, and the shocking, has had a cult following since the early 1970s for his films <i>Pink Flamingos</i> and <i>Desperate Living</i>, among others. Waters’ release of the 1988 film <i>Hairspray</i>, starring Ricki Lake, brought him mainstream acclaim, after which the film was [...]

Is there still a place for objective journalism – or is it an anachronism?

Is there still a place for objective journalism – or is it an anachronism?

From Glenn Beck to Keith Olbermann, from Rachel Maddow to Fox News there has been intense focus and debate on the spin of broadcast journalism. Some argue that journalists should admit their biases and not pretend to be impartial. Others insist that they should aspire to the traditional standard, as outlined by The New York [...]

Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens picks natural gas. What happened to wind, solar and oil?

Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens picks natural gas. What happened to wind, solar and oil?

Three years ago, oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens was the darling of the green movement–an oil-baron-turned-environmentalist, who, as then Sierra Club Director Carl Pope put it, was "out to save America." At the time, Pickens was touting an ambitious plan to wean the U.S. off foreign oil by building a $1 trillion network of wind [...]

From the CIA to the victims of 9/11, reflections on the death of Osama bin Laden

From the CIA to the victims of 9/11, reflections on the death of Osama bin Laden

It's been a national obsession for almost ten years, a symbol of closure (of sorts) for the most destructive and deadly foreign attack on American soil in the history of the country. Osama bin Laden is now dead but the questions of how we got him, what we can learn from him and what this [...]

Osama bin Laden killed by American forces

Osama bin Laden killed by American forces

U.S. President Barack Obama last night stood in the East Room of the White House and told a breathless nation that CIA operatives had killed Osama bin Laden after a firefight in Pakistan on Sunday. According to reports, the world’s most wanted terrorist was hiding in plain sight in a large mansion in an affluent [...]

The keys to longevity

The keys to longevity

Jeanne Calment, who died at 122 years old to become the longest human life on record, attributed her longevity to olive oil, chocolate, and port wine. And it’s not just Jeanne—people around the world are living longer than ever before in human history. But each case of impressive longevity seems to be attributed to something [...]

Schickel on Scorsese

Schickel on Scorsese

Martin Scorsese has forever enriched American cinema with films like Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ, Kundun, The Departed, The Aviator and Shutter Island. Film critic Richard Schickel sat down with Scorsese for a series of conversations that illuminate his phenomenal film-making career, from his first movie Who’s That Knocking [...]

Royal weddings: although we’ve seceded, the obsession lives on

Royal weddings: although we’ve seceded, the obsession lives on

You can hear the wedding-bells echoing; even from across that vast pond we sometimes call the Atlantic Ocean. Prince William and Kate Middleton have finally gotten hitched! The long awaited spectacle, driven forward by tenacious media, wedding-enthusiasts and curious onlookers alike, has finally come to fruition. In the wake of the massive ceremony we are [...]

This time, it’s personal

This time, it’s personal

For anyone who is familiar with an office environment, it goes without saying that often times the emotions of oneself and others can and will bleed into the work itself. In her new book It’s Always Personal: Emotion in the New Workplace, Anne Kreamer examines the social construct of the modern office through the perspective [...]

Nancy Lieberman, a.k.a. Lady Magic, rules a male bastion – the basketball court

Nancy Lieberman, a.k.a. Lady Magic, rules a male bastion – the basketball court

Known as Lady Magic for her skills on the court, Nancy Lieberman’s achievements are legendary in the world of basketball: at 18 years old she was the youngest player in Olympic history (male or female) and earned a silver medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal; she is the only woman to play in [...]