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‘Lying’ argues honesty is always the best policy

‘Lying’ argues honesty is always the best policy

In ‘Lying’, author Sam Harris makes a case for telling the truth. “Do these jeans make me look fat?” Has anyone ever answered that question honestly? Would an honest answer, even if painful, be good for us? Yes, according to neuroscientist and noted “new atheist” Sam Harris. In his new book, “Lying,” Harris explores the […]

Military suicide prevention techniques seem to be working

Military suicide prevention techniques seem to be working

; Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images Military suicides have dropped significantly—more than 22 percent this year. That’s great news, but what has puzzled military officials is why. The Defense Department has launched a series of new suicide prevention programs, but whether those efforts have had any real impact on the reduced rates remains unclear, officials admit. […]

New cholesterol risk calculator doesn’t seem to add up

New cholesterol risk calculator doesn’t seem to add up

What’s the best way for doctors and patients to determine risk?; Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images Last week, the nation’s leading heart organizations announced new cholesterol-lowering guidelines. Central to the recommendations is a new online calculator meant to measure the risk of heart attack and stroke, as well as treatment options. Now, that calculator appears to […]

Why humans fear, loathe, and love insects

Why humans fear, loathe, and love insects

“The Infested Mind” Do you feel disgusted when you a cockroach scurrying across the floor? What is your reaction when you hear someone says the word, “bed bugs?”  Seeing and talking about insects usually evokes a strong reaction, often fear, from many people.   In his book, Jeffrey Lockwood goes in depth into why those […]

Filmweek: The Best Man Holiday, Sunlight Jr., Charlie Countryman and more

Filmweek: The Best Man Holiday, Sunlight Jr., Charlie Countryman and more

Actors Sanaa Lathan (L) and Taye Diggs arrive at the premiere of Universal Pictures’ “The Best Man Holiday” at the Chinese Theatre on November 5, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. ; Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Larry is joined by KPCC critics Wade Major and Lael Loewenstein to review this week’s releases, including The Best Man […]

Do you prefer a male or female boss? (Poll)

Do you prefer a male or female boss? (Poll)

Do you have a preference on the gender of your boss?; Credit: iStockPhoto This segment will air on AirTalk Thursday, November 14. A new Gallup poll reveals that Americans still prefer a male boss. Thirty-five percent of respondents preferred a male boss, while only 23 percent preferred a female boss. The poll survey over two thousand […]

‘Double Down’ offers an inside look at the 2012 US presidential campaign

‘Double Down’ offers an inside look at the 2012 US presidential campaign

“Double Down” Veteran political reporters Mark Halperin and John Heilemann gave us all of the juicy details of Barack Obama’s win over Hillary Clinton and John McCain in 2008 with their political bestseller “Game Change”. Now the reporter duo is back with a sequel that airs all of the dirty laundry from the 2012 presidential […]

The etiquette of breaking up in the digital age (poll)

The etiquette of breaking up in the digital age (poll)

Have you ever broken up with someone over text message? ; Credit: JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images Russell Brand did it to Katy Perry a couple years ago, but breaking up over text message and social media is far from the exclusive domain of celebrities. Ending a relationship face-to-face used to not be just the right thing […]

Ask an Astronaut: Col. Chris Hadfield shares life advice, NASA style

Ask an Astronaut: Col. Chris Hadfield shares life advice, NASA style

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, speaks with a journalist during his pre-flight preparation at the Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City, outside Moscow, on November 28, 2012.; Credit: ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images This segment will air live on Monday, Nov. 11 around 11:30 a.m. Do you have any questions for Col. Hadfield? Leave them in the comments for Larry […]

Can affairs actually be good for marriage?

Can affairs actually be good for marriage?

Could infidelity be good for a relationship?; Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Some therapists are now advocating the concept that affairs can save and strengthen a marriage. The idea is that the affair can be a wake-up-call for the couple, and be used as an opportunity to directly confront issues in the relationship. In other words, […]