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Haterade: Does "commenting culture" promote conversation or kill it?

Haterade: Does "commenting culture" promote conversation or kill it?

“You are a vile, loathsome, despicable pig. Your stench permeates through the web,” wrote a commenter targeting columnist Meghan Daum. Such comments inspired Daum’s new essay “Haterade,” about how “commenting culture,” as she calls it, “infects the Internet, inviting us not to ‘join the conversation’ so much as to join a fight — or at [...]

Diane Keaton on Annie and Dorothy Hall

Diane Keaton on Annie and Dorothy Hall

We all know Diane Keaton as Michael Corleone's wife from "The Godfather," before serving as the real world basis for the fictional title character she played in Woody Allen's "Annie Hall," which garnered her an Academy Award for Best Actress. Since then, she went on to star in several more of Allen's films, as well [...]

Mystery in the jungle: Charlie Hood returns in T. Jefferson Parker’s “The Jaguar”

Mystery in the jungle: Charlie Hood returns in T. Jefferson Parker’s “The Jaguar”

A Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter waits in a crumbling castle deep in a Yucatecan jungle, held hostage by the head of a powerful cartel. His demand? That she write him “the greatest narcocorrido of all time.” Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Attack of the sequels!

Attack of the sequels!

In 1916, early film director D.W. Griffith created a cinematic precedent by making a follow up to his wildly successful film, Birth of a Nation. Fall of a Nation became the first movie sequel of all time, setting the stage for countless films that would ride the coattails of a previous production. Read the Full [...]

“Downton Abbey” returns to PBS for season 2

“Downton Abbey” returns to PBS for season 2

In its first season, it took home six Emmys. ‘’Home’’ is England, the setting for “Downton Abbey,” the biggest English period series since ‘’Brideshead Revisited’’ and ‘’Upstairs Downstairs.’’ Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Panhandlers bring out your inner (fill in the blank)

Panhandlers bring out your inner (fill in the blank)

For every creative cardboard sign drawn by a beggar there is a creative city ordinance to try to deal with beggars. This week, a Las Vegas county official introduced a new restriction to vex panhandlers. The ordinance would ban pets on the Strip in Vegas, because more beggars are using animals for sympathy donations. "Panhandlers [...]

Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget released early

Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget released early

According to Governor Jerry Brown in a news conference this afternoon, if voters reject tax increases proposed in his 2012 state budget, he will call for $4.8 billion to be cut from public school funding. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

A Safeway in Arizona: What the Gabrielle Giffords Shooting Tells Us About the Grand Canyon State and Life in America

A Safeway in Arizona: What the Gabrielle Giffords Shooting Tells Us About the Grand Canyon State and Life in America

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was sitting at a table greeting constituents in front of Safeway one year ago when a man walked up, shot her in the head, and then killed six bystanders, including a federal judge and a little girl. What happened and what’s happened since that shooting? Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Online dating 2.0

Online dating 2.0

The mistletoe may be tucked away for another year, but Valentine's Day tchotchkes already are overflowing on store shelves. And in these weeks between Christmas day and Cupid's night, Internet dating sites reportedly see a surge in traffic. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Do resolutions work?

Do resolutions work?

If you have made New Year’s resolutions what are the chances that you will actually be able to hold to them? In 2009 study from the European Journal of social psychology researcher looked at how long if took 96 people to adopt a new habit. It took on average 66 days for people to pick [...]