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Kenneth Silverman’s biography about composer John Cage – Begin Again

Kenneth Silverman’s biography about composer John Cage – Begin Again

John Cage stands large in 20th century history as one of the leading figures of the post-war avant-garde. As a composer he was an utterly original master of the form, his experimental attitude best exemplified by his most widely known work "4'33," in which not a single note was played. Being acknowledged as one of [...]

Cameras in the delivery room – pictures worth a thousand… lawsuits?

Cameras in the delivery room – pictures worth a thousand… lawsuits?

Cameras in the delivery room – pictures worth a thousand… lawsuits?It’s a right of passage into parenthood—as a mom-to-be screams in agony through the pains of labor, a dad-to-be, or grandfather-to-be, runs around the delivery room of a hospital with a camera, filming and photographing the arrival of a newborn child. If several hospitals across [...]

What does the Bible say about sex? – depends on the chapter & verse

What does the Bible say about sex? – depends on the chapter & verse

What does he Bible say about premarital-sex, sexual desire, same-sex relations and divorce? According to professor religion Jennifer Wright Knust, when it comes to sex the Bible is full of contradictions, telling us that prostitution is okay under certain circumstances, that women can fulfill their desires outside of marriage as long as they’re beautiful and [...]

How We Age: A Doctor’s Journey into the Heart of Growing Old

How We Age: A Doctor’s Journey into the Heart of Growing Old

Aging-it's the part of life that our society has come to dread more than the end of life itself. With that backdrop, Marc Agronin goes into the Miami Jewish Health Systems nursing home and comes out with a much different notion of what it is to age. Agronin interviews countless residents at the home about [...]

‘Superman’ apparently faster than a speeding Oscar

‘Superman’ apparently faster than a speeding Oscar

Four years ago Davis Guggenheim won an Oscar for the movie that brought global warming into the mainstream: “An Inconvenient Truth.” Last year he came back with “Waiting for Superman,” a documentary that turned the stories of five children struggling through a dilapidated education system into a battle cry for change. As Oscar season approached [...]

Well…Ronald Reagan at 100 still looms large over the American political landscape

Well…Ronald Reagan at 100 still looms large over the American political landscape

Love him or hate him, Ronald Reagan is an American icon that even 22 years after he’s left the White House still dominates the country’s political landscape. His policies, domestic and foreign, are adhered to by both political parties: Bill Clinton, in a Reagan-esque declaration in 1996, said “The era of big government is over,” [...]

Silent Bob has lots to say

Silent Bob has lots to say

Kevin Smith’s career has been wholly unconventional; starting with his first film, Clerks, which was produced for $27,000 and became a Generation X cult classic. In his latest film, Red State, the actor, writer, director gives us something altogether different. It’s been billed as a horror flick and while it does have some campy Friday [...]

Make an appointment at your local ER

Make an appointment at your local ER

Pay for an online appointment for the emergency room? Is that a contradiction in terms? And money back if you don’t get looked at in 15 minutes? That’s the plan behind a system that hospitals are adopting across the Southland as a means to save time, money and resources. InQuickER, for a registration fee ranging [...]

Who is Mohamed ElBaradei?

Who is Mohamed ElBaradei?

Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei is the former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), an intergovernmental organization that is part of the United Nations, and a Nobel Prize winner. Now, the bespectacled diplomat has emerged as the leading Egyptian opposition figure. What do we know about ElBaradei? What will his role be when the [...]

Up in the air Junior Birdman, with your electronic toys – a disaster waiting to happen?

Up in the air Junior Birdman, with your electronic toys – a disaster waiting to happen?

Cell phones, iPods, tablets, e-books, GPS units – we think we can’t live without them, but maybe we can’t live with them… that is, if we operate our electronic device 30,000 feet up. Airlines routinely tell us to turn our cells phones and the like off before takeoff, but some passengers ignore the request, unwilling [...]