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Who is responsible for building safety in countries like Bangladesh?

Who is responsible for building safety in countries like Bangladesh?

Members of the Bangladeshi Army carry the body of a garment worker as heavy equipment is brought in to remove debris following an eight-story building collapse in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, on April 30, 2013.; Credit: MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images With the death toll well past 350 people and another 1,000 still missing […]

Orange County District Attorney plans to publicize names of convicted “johns”

Orange County District Attorney plans to publicize names of convicted “johns”

A female police officer poses as a prostitute on Holt Boulevard in Pomona, CA.; Credit: David McNew/Getty Images In an attempt to stem out prostitution, Orange County is turning to publicizing the names of those who are convicted of buying sex. Orange County District Attorney’s office said in a news release that the putting a […]

Psychological pressures may have driven Boston bombers to radicalism

Psychological pressures may have driven Boston bombers to radicalism

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, center, mother of Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar, reportedly spoke of radical ideas with her eldest son in 2011. Anzor Tsarnaeva, the boys’ father, is on the left. At right is the boys’ aunt, Patimat Suleymanova.; Credit: Getty Images/Getty Images What would lead a 19-year old student to carry out a […]

The painful search for a hangover cure

The painful search for a hangover cure

Goose Island’s India Pale Ale and Budweiser beer; Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images For years, the medical community abstained from studying hangover cures because doctors didn’t want to be seen as encouraging overindulgence of alcohol. What helped change that was grasping the severity of the problem: it’s estimated that painful hangovers cost the U.S. economy $148 […]

FilmWeek: Mud, At Any Price, The Big Wedding, and more

FilmWeek: Mud, At Any Price, The Big Wedding, and more

Camila Alves, Matthew McConaughey, Andra Liemandt and Joe Liemandt attend the Cinema Society with FIJI Water & Levi’s screening of “Mud” at The Museum of Modern Art on April 21, 2013 in New York City.; Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell and Lael Loewenstein to review the week’s […]

You can have Burger King delivered to your home…but would you?

You can have Burger King delivered to your home…but would you?

A sign advertising the new Burger King turkey burger is displayed at the drive-through of a Burger King restaurant on March 20, 2013.; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The fast food giant Burger King announced that it’s expanding their limited delivery service to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. One local Burger King in Glendale has […]

How successful people become successful

How successful people become successful

“Give and Take” by Adam Grant. In his book “Give and Take,” Adam Grant explores the different ways people rise through the ranks on their way to extreme success. Can you be a giver without being a doormat? Is it better to take anything you can without returning favors, or to “match” those who give […]

NYC considers raising smoking age to 21

NYC considers raising smoking age to 21

New York City considers raising the age for legal cigarette purchase to 21. ; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images A new proposal in New York City could raise the age requirements for legal purchase of cigarettes from 18 to 21. The proposal would not prevent people between the ages of 18 and 21 from possessing or […]

CicLAvia swarms LA’s streets

CicLAvia swarms LA’s streets

Cyclists took to the streets for CicLAvia on Sunday, April 21, 2012.; Credit: Tony Pierce/KPCC Yesterday, tens of thousands of Angelinos abandoned their cars, pumped up the tires of their bikes, and rode en mass the fifteen miles from Chinatown to Venice Beach as part of CicLAvia, which was inspired by Ciclovia, Bogota, Colombia’s cycling […]

How should colleges handle on-campus sexual assault?

How should colleges handle on-campus sexual assault?

In Eagle Rock, California, Occidental College’s Thorne Hall; Credit: victoriabernal/Flickr (Creative Commons-licensed) A case brought against Occidental College by several current and former students alleges that the school failed to respond adequately to sexual assault on campus. The group of Occidental students and alumni includes some who say the college failed to protect against sexual […]