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Military aid to Syria: Defense of democracy, slippery slope, or the tail wagging the dog?

Military aid to Syria: Defense of democracy, slippery slope, or the tail wagging the dog?

A Syrian rebel fighter belonging to the ‘Martyrs of Maaret al-Numan’ battalion holds a position on June 13, 2013 in the northwestern town of Maaret al-Numan in front of the army base of Wadi Deif, down in the valley.; Credit: AFP/AFP/Getty Images The White House has announced plans to send military weapons to rebels in […]

Filmweek: Man of Steel, This is the End, The Bling Ring and more

Filmweek: Man of Steel, This is the End, The Bling Ring and more

Amy Adams and Henry Cavill attend the UK Premiere of ‘Man of Steel’ at Odeon Leicester Square on June 12, 2013 in London, England.; Credit: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images KPCC critics Lael Loewenstein and Peter Rainer join guest host Patt Morrison to review this week’s releases, including Man of Steel, This is the End, The Bling […]

Fight brewing between film studios and theater owners over length of movie trailers

Fight brewing between film studios and theater owners over length of movie trailers

Do you love watching movie trailers or are too lengthy? On average, movie trailers are about 2 minutes and 30 seconds long. If the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) has its way, previews will start clocking in at just 2 minutes. Theater owners say they’ve been getting an earful from viewers telling them that […]

New library set to open… with no books

New library set to open… with no books

St. Louis University’s Madrid Campus library offers books and electronic journals.; Credit: Saint Louis University/Flickr Say goodbye to the printed page and hello to a new library with no books. An all-digital “bookless” library is set to open this fall in Texas’ Bexar County. The library will look more like an Apple store and give […]

Yes, Prime Minister

Yes, Prime Minister

Yes, Prime Minster is based the original British show, Yes Minister What do the American and British governments have in common? Jonathan Lynn says one similarity is that they’re both based on the same principle: “if no one knows what you’re doing, no one knows what you’re doing wrong.” Lynn is the co-writer and director […]

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s former employers, Booz Allen Hamilton, are part of a growing intelligence-industrial complex (POLL)

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s former employers, Booz Allen Hamilton, are part of a growing intelligence-industrial complex (POLL)

; Credit: Michael Chavarria/Flickr After holding a series of technical jobs with the CIA, Edward Snowden began working with Booz Allen Hamilton, a private consulting firm in Virginia. According to a 2010 investigation by The Washington Post, Booz Allen is among the most prominent intelligence contractors for the government. They were contracted to do top-secret […]

The White House takes aim at “patent trolls"

The White House takes aim at “patent trolls"

US Register Of Copyright Office Maria Pallante speaks at World Creators Summit on June 4 in Washington, DC.; Credit: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for BMI The Obama administration has issued legislative recommendations in a growing debate in the world of high tech intellectual property. At the heart of the debate are “patent assertion entities” (PAE’s), […]

Filmweek: The Internship, The Purge, Rapture-Palooza and more

Filmweek: The Internship, The Purge, Rapture-Palooza and more

(L-R) Actor Owen Wilson, Lorraine Twohill, VP Marketing, Google, and actor Vince Vaughn are seen at “The Internship” Googler Premiere on May 30, 2013 in San Francisco, California.; Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images for 20th Century Fo Larry and KPCC critics Tim Cogshell and Andy Klein review this week’s releases, including The Internship, The Purge, Rapture-Palooza […]

Presenting…Dustin Hoffman, Director

Presenting…Dustin Hoffman, Director

US actor and director Dustin Hoffman waves to the audience at the Japan premiere of ‘Quartet’ in Tokyo on April 8, 2013.; Credit: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images Actor and now director Dustin Hoffman joins AirTalk to discuss his new projects. This veteran actor took a shot at directing in his new movie, “Quartet,” a film about retired […]

Amazon.com grocery delivery coming to Los Angeles, report says

Amazon.com grocery delivery coming to Los Angeles, report says

A box from Amazon.com; Credit: Flickr/Aurelijus Valeiša The hyper-competitive grocery market in LA is expecting a major new player in the coming days. Reuters reports Amazon.com will offer grocery delivery to your doorstep, including fresh organic produce, meat and dairy. AmazonFresh, as its grocery section is called, has been testing in its hometown of Seattle […]