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Please banish that word!

Please banish that word!

Sarah Palin may stand by "refudiate," but wordsmiths the world over say its use should be repudiated – no matter how "viral" it went. In fact, the made-up word landed on the 2011 List of Banished Words, compiled annually by Lake Superior State University (LSSU). Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

“The Stealth of Nations”: Robert Neuwirth on the world’s shadow economies

“The Stealth of Nations”: Robert Neuwirth on the world’s shadow economies

“System D.” If the name doesn’t ring any bells, that’s because it’s a term for something you’re not supposed to pay attention to—a shadow economy that includes everything from unlicensed food vendors and people who specialize in fashion knock-offs to individuals who sell Proctor & Gamble products (with permission from the company) in remote villages [...]

Olympia Dukakis’ silent ‘Vigil’

Olympia Dukakis’ silent ‘Vigil’

In Morris Panych's 1995 dark comedy “Vigil,” award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis utters a mere 12 lines during her nearly two-hour onstage performance as an elderly hermit visited by an obnoxious deadbeat. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Jim Lehrer and his new book about presidential debates, “Tension City”

Jim Lehrer and his new book about presidential debates, “Tension City”

Award-winning journalist Jim Lehrer’s newly published book “Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates, from Kennedy-Nixon to Obama-McCain” (Random House) takes a witty, behind-the-scenes look at more than 40 years of televised presidential debates. Lehrer, long considered one of the most well respected figures in broadcast journalism, has interviewed every president since Gerald Ford, and has [...]

The breakthrough inventions of a Hollywood beauty

The breakthrough inventions of a Hollywood beauty

Hedy Lamarr has long been known as a raven-haired, sultry-eyed Hollywood bombshell and a risk-taking actress who famously bared all at age 17 in the 1933 film “Ecstasy,” but at heart, she was an inventor. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

“There is no frigate like a book”: Carol Muske-Dukes and the value of memorizing poetry.

“There is no frigate like a book”: Carol Muske-Dukes and the value of memorizing poetry.

A mother pushes her daughter on a swing, reciting a line of Robert Louis Stevenson’s, “How do you like to go up in a swing, up in the air so blue?” The daughter replies with the rest of the stanza, “Oh, I do think it’s the pleasantest thing ever a child can do!” This year [...]

70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor attacks

70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor attacks

Japan’s bombing of U.S. forces in Pearl Harbor 70 years ago became the defining experience for generations of Americans. The critical 24 hours thereafter and the decisions President Franklin Roosevelt made would change the war and the world. Patt talks with one historian about the qualities of presidential leadership that FDR demonstrated in those critical [...]

The challenges of diagnosing and treating pedophilia

The challenges of diagnosing and treating pedophilia

You’ve seen the headlines: Jerry Sandusky Accused of Sexually Assaulting 8 Boys; Another Accuser Steps Forward in Penn State Scandal; Eight of Sandusky’s Alleged Victims Will Testify Against Him (at a preliminary hearing next week). Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

The branding of America

The branding of America

For decades the image of the U.S. abroad has been negative and unchanging but experts in foreign affairs are re-examining these views. In his new book “American Avatar,” author Barry Sanders explores a contrary notion, that views about the US are complex, contradictory and often changing. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Medicare news you can use

Medicare news you can use

Seniors who want to join Medicare or change their plan for 2012 have an important deadline this week. Those who qualify for Medicare benefits will need to opt in or make any changes to their plan for 2012 by 12:01am Thursday, when open enrollment ends. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs