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Is L.A. ready for a tsunami in Santa Monica Bay?

Is L.A. ready for a tsunami in Santa Monica Bay?

We’ve all watched Japanese citizens face three tremendous disasters in recent days and have been amazed at their calm, cooperative demeanor. In contrast, Angelenos rioted in the streets and destroyed cars and storefronts when the Lakers won the NBA championship last June, supposedly in celebration. Is this city ready to face a disaster as all [...]

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Mistakes, mistakes, mistakes

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Mistakes, mistakes, mistakes

Does practice really make perfect? Or is perfection a mythical, unattainable goal? These are some of the questions author Alina Tugend explores in her new book, Better by Mistake: The Unexpected Benefits of Being Wrong. Also a columnist for the New York Times, Tugend once made a mistake in one of her articles, ultimately resulting [...]

How to get it (your credit score, that is) up

How to get it (your credit score, that is) up

Need some inspiration to get your credit score up a little higher? One word: perks. Banks are aggressively marketing to those with excellent credit offering enticements like few or no fees, 0% interest on new purchases for one year on balance transfers, even free companion tickets on flights (if you are lucky enough to have [...]

Cokie & Steve Roberts mix faith, food, love & work in new book

Cokie & Steve Roberts mix faith, food, love & work in new book

How do successful interfaith couples make it work? Can members of two distinct religious beliefs not only coexist, but worship to the full extent without infringing on one another? Cokie and Steve Roberts contend that it is not only possible, but that by doing so it enriches the spiritual lives of both parties involved. In [...]

Species triage—a viable way to manage California’s water problems?

Species triage—a viable way to manage California’s water problems?

"Eighty percent of the state's 129 native fish species are extinct or imperiled," according to a new study from the Public Policy Institute of California. How to fix that? The answer might surprise you—the study’s authors propose allowing invasive species to go extinct in order to facilitate a balancing act between preserving a high quality [...]

The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt

The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt

Before Egypt grabbed international headlines for its democracy demonstrations and the ouster of then president Hosni Mubarak, new books on the history of that nation were probably not in very high demand. What a difference a democratic revolution makes. Today Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson and his latest book on Egyptian history are highly welcome. The Rise [...]

What about California’s nuclear power plants?

What about California’s nuclear power plants?

Diablo Canyon Power Plant, located in San Luis Obispo County right along the Pacific Coast, contains two nuclear reactors and is built to withstand a 7.5 magnitude earthquake. San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, located in San Diego County right along the Pacific coast, contains two reactors and was built to withstand a 7.0 quake. As [...]

Instant update on earthquake-damaged Japanese nuclear power plant

Instant update on earthquake-damaged Japanese nuclear power plant

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FilmWeek: Battle: Los Angeles, Mars Needs Moms, Red Riding Hood, Kill the Irishman and more

FilmWeek: Battle: Los Angeles, Mars Needs Moms, Red Riding Hood, Kill the Irishman and more

FilmWeek: KPCC film critics Lael Loewenstein, Tim Cogshell and Charles Solomon join Larry to review the week’s new film releases including Battle: Los Angeles, Mars Needs Moms, Red Riding Hood, Kill the Irishman and more. TGI-FilmWeek! Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Eva Marie Saint is still gracing the stage

Eva Marie Saint is still gracing the stage

Legendary actress Eva Marie Saint has enjoyed a decades-long career in film, television and on the stage. She has studied at the Actor’s Studio, starred in “On the Waterfront” with Marlon Brando, shared the screen with icon Cary Grant in Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest” and been broadcast into the living rooms of millions with [...]