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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 […]

BART strike renews calls to ban public transit walkouts

BART strike renews calls to ban public transit walkouts

A closure sign is posted on a pay gate at the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Embarcadero station on October 21, 2013 in San Francisco, California. An estimated 400,000 commuters ride BART each day. ; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Trains in San Francisco were once again in service after Bay Area Rapid Transit and union […]

Garcetti on earthquake retrofitting, the L.A. River, and office hours

Garcetti on earthquake retrofitting, the L.A. River, and office hours

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks with KPCC political reporter Frank Stoltze at the Crawford Family Forum on October 21.; Credit: Grant Slater/KPCC  Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti sat down with KPCC political reporter Frank Stoltze last night at the KPCC Crawford Family Forum to discuss future plans for the city. On the agenda is […]

Is the whopping $13-billion JPMorgan settlement fair?

Is the whopping $13-billion JPMorgan settlement fair?

Critics of the deal say the government hasn’t gone far enough to hold individual bankers accountable for the financial meltdown.; Credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images JPMorgan Chase & Co., the largest bank in the U.S., has tentatively agreed to pay $13 billion to settle Department of Justice allegations that it had sold bad home mortgages to […]

China credit agency downgrades US debt

China credit agency downgrades US debt

What kind of impact does the Chinese downgrade of US debt have in the US and internationally? ; Credit: Sandra Mu/Getty Images In the run-up to the debt ceiling deadline, stateside credit rating agency Fitch threatened downgrade US sovereign debt rating. Congress acted on time and that was that. But last week, we found out […]

Filmweek: 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate, Carrie and more

Filmweek: 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate, Carrie and more

Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor arrives at the premiere of Fox Searchlights’ “12 Years A Slave” at the Directors Guild on October 14, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. ; Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Larry is joined by KPCC critics Henry Sheehan and Lael Loewenstein to review this week’s releases, including 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate, […]

‘God Loves Uganda’ goes inside the evangelical campaign in Africa

‘God Loves Uganda’ goes inside the evangelical campaign in Africa

God loves Uganda The documentary, God Loves Uganda, explores the American evangelical movement in Uganda that is focused on fundamental biblical teaching. Many of the evangelicals have been instrumental in providing schools, and hospitals in needed areas of the country. At the same time the movement has been noted to promote religious bigotry especially against […]

The off-screen persona of Johnny Carson

The off-screen persona of Johnny Carson

“Johnny Carson” By Henry Bushkin Johnny Carson was the late night king from 1962 until 1992 with his popular show, “The Tonight Show.” At his peak, he was one of America’s highest paid entertainers. But what was he really like behind closed doors? His long time lawyer and close confidant, Henry Bushkin was there for […]

Survey says Americans are less polarized than we think

Survey says Americans are less polarized than we think

A new NBC/Esquire poll found that Americans aren’t as politically polarized as it seems; most fall in the center. Where do you stand?; Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images It’s day 15 of the federal shutdown in D.C. and lawmakers are still duking it out over various proposals to fund and reopen the government by Thursday’s deadline. […]

Broadcasters take their fight against renegade Aereo to the Supreme Court

Broadcasters take their fight against renegade Aereo to the Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.; Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images Broadcasters on Friday petitioned the US Supreme Court to hear their suit against Aereo. Aereo is an online service that allows paying members to watch live over-the-air programming. The Second Circuit court decided in favor of Aereo and now broadcasters are taking their fight to […]