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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 […]

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 […]