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The office holiday party: festive tradition or unnecessary hassle?

The office holiday party: festive tradition or unnecessary hassle?

People get a closer view of a Christmas Tree decorated and displayed for the festive season at the Grove in Los Angeles, California, in December 2011. ; Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images For businesses across the country the holiday season brings the time honored tradition of the office holiday party.  While some embrace the tradition […]

Filmweek: American Hustle, Saving Mr. Banks, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and more

Filmweek: American Hustle, Saving Mr. Banks, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and more

Guest host Patt Morrison and KPCC film critics Alynda Wheat and Andy Klein review this week’s releases, including American Hustle, Saving Mr. Banks, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and more. TGI-Filmweek! American Hustle Saving Mr. Banks   The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Guests: Alynda Wheat, film critic for KPCC and People Andy Klein, film […]

Should employers be banned from asking if job applicants have convicted crimes?

Should employers be banned from asking if job applicants have convicted crimes?

A job seeker holds a job application during the San Francisco Hirevent job fair at the Hotel Whitcomb in March 2012 in San Francisco, California.; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Have you ever been convicted of a crime? San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim is proposing to eliminate this question of virtually all job applications in San […]

The modem dial tone and other sounds of obsolescence

The modem dial tone and other sounds of obsolescence

Public pay phone booths stand empty inside Grand Central Stationin New York, April 09, 2012.; Credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images When was the last time you heard that distinctive clunk of a pay phone hanging up? Or the screech of a modem coming to life? They’re the sounds we lived with for decades and once represented […]

Millions of dollars at stake in dispute between LAUSD and Calif. Dept of Education

Millions of dollars at stake in dispute between LAUSD and Calif. Dept of Education

A student on his way to school walks past a Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) school, in Los Angeles, California.; Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images Under a new state law this year, school districts with a high percentage of low-income and English-as-a-second-language students are eligible for extra funding. In order to qualify for that money, […]

Seeking justice, half-dressed woman chases peeping Tom through store

Seeking justice, half-dressed woman chases peeping Tom through store

BERLIN – SEPTEMBER 04: Visitors look at miniature camcorders at the Flip Video stand on opening day at the IFA technology trade fair in 2009 in Berlin, Germany.; Credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images Modern-day peeping Toms use smartphones to sneak videos of unsuspecting women in change rooms, restrooms, even women wearing skirts as they walk up […]

Should politics dictate when Supreme Court justices retire?

Should politics dictate when Supreme Court justices retire?

U.S President Barack Obama (C) greets (L-R) Supreme Court Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer before the State of the Union address on Capitol Hill on January 25, 2011 in Washington, DC. ; Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images  There has been a lot of speculation about when 80-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader […]

Special Coverage: A look at Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy

Special Coverage: A look at Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy

Nelson Mandela leaves the Intercontinental Hotel after a photoshoot with celebrity photographer Terry O’Neil on June 26, 2008 in London, England.; Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma confirmed today that Nelson Mandela died at age 95. Zuma says “we’ve lost our greatest son.” RELATED: Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s peacemaker, dies at 95 Mandela served […]

Is it possible to be both fat and healthy?

Is it possible to be both fat and healthy?

Can you be overweight and still physically healthy?; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images New research is taking aim at the idea that you can be both overweight and healthy at the same time. A small number of recent studies have indicated that overweight or obese people that don’t have high blood pressure, diabetes or and normal […]

The man who put California’s wine country on the map

The man who put California’s wine country on the map

Edward Humes’ “A Man and His Mountain: The Everyman Who Created Kendall Jackson and Became America’s Greatest Wine Entrepreneur” Before Jess Jackson became the billionaire who transformed the landscape of California wine production, he was a police officer. And a prosecutor. And a real-estate lawyer. “A Man and His Mountain” delves into the life of […]