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SCOTUS Preview: Should city councils be allowed to say Christian prayers before meetings?

SCOTUS Preview: Should city councils be allowed to say Christian prayers before meetings?

The US Supreme Court Building is seen in this March 31, 2012 photo on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.; Credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images The U.S. Supreme Court takes up two interesting cases this week. Today, the question is whether steelworkers should get paid to get dressed. In the case, Sandifer versus United States Steel Corporation, […]

Jim Henson: The man behind the muppets

Jim Henson: The man behind the muppets

Who can forget Kermit the Frog, Bert and Ernie, Miss Piggy, and the Muppets? These creations that have become a childhood staple are from the creative mind of Jim Henson. In a detailed biography by author Brian Jay Jones, the book gives the first complete look at the iconic figure that created some of the […]

Filmweek: Dallas Buyer’s Club, Ender’s Game, About Time and more

Filmweek: Dallas Buyer’s Club, Ender’s Game, About Time and more

Actors Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto attend Focus Features’ ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ premiere at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on October 17, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. ; Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images Larry is joined by KPCC critics Henry Sheehan, Andy Klein and Charles Solomon to review this week’s […]

Book of Matt tells a different story about the murder of Matthew Shepard

Book of Matt tells a different story about the murder of Matthew Shepard

The Book of Matt The story of Matthew Shepard’s brutal murder in Laramie Wyoming 15 years ago caught the world’s attention and brought about a national conversation about gay hatred in the U.S. Stephen Jimenez’s book, “The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard” tells a bit of a different story […]

Are we too easily offended by Halloween costumes?

Are we too easily offended by Halloween costumes?

Is dressing up as a Geisha for Halloween culturally insensitive? ; Credit: lu_lu/Flickr It’s not uncommon during Halloween for people to dress up like a Geisha, a Mexican in a mariachi suit, or  like a redneck. But for some people, these costumes are just promoting stereotypes and are offensive. Students from the Ohio University have […]

Was President Obama in the loop on spying on foreign leaders?

Was President Obama in the loop on spying on foreign leaders?

If the NSA has conducted surveillance on European allies – both citizenry and leadership – should the spy agency be willing to take the responsibility for any blowback?; Credit: Adam Berry/Getty Images The Los Angeles Times reports U.S. intelligence officials are angered by denials from the Obama Administration about spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel. […]

Are clutch athletes just a figment of our imagination?

Are clutch athletes just a figment of our imagination?

David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox slides safe into home plate on a sacrifice fly to left field hit by teammate Stephen Drew #7 against Lance Lynn #31 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the fifth inning during Game Four of the 2013 World Series at Busch Stadium on October 27, 2013 in […]

Former Lakers coach Bill Sharman dies at 87

Former Lakers coach Bill Sharman dies at 87

FILE – In this March 30, 1958, file photo, Boston Celtics’ Bill Sharman holds the ball as St. Louis Hawks’ Cliff Hagan (16), defends, during the second half of an NBA Finals basketball game in Boston. Sharman, the Hall of Famer who won NBA titles as a player for the Boston Celtics and a coach […]

Filmweek: The Counselor, American Promise, Blue Is the Warmest Color and more

Filmweek: The Counselor, American Promise, Blue Is the Warmest Color and more

Michael Fassbender and Javier Bardem attend a special screening of “The Counselor” at Odeon West End on October 3, 2013 in London, England. ; Credit: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images Larry is joined by KPCC critics Peter Rainer and Alynda Wheat to review this week’s releases including The Counselor, American Promise, Blue Is the Warmest Color […]

Why are our brains wired to connect?

Why are our brains wired to connect?

Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect Psychologist Matthew Lieberman explains in his new book why our need to connect with people is more important than our need for food and shelter. The book explores the brain’s intense need for social interaction with other people. According to Lieberman, each of our brains has been […]