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Filmweek: The Best Offer, Interior. Leather Bar., Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and more

Filmweek: The Best Offer, Interior. Leather Bar., Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and more

Australian actor Geoffrey Rush and Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore pose during a photocall for the film ‘The Best Offer’ shown at the 63rd Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin February 12, 2013.; Credit: JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images Guest host Frank Stoltze and KPCC film critics Lael Loewenstein, Henry Sheehan and Claudia Puig review this week’s releases, including¬†The […]

Announcing AirTalk’s inaugural ‘Californian of the Year': Prop 8 plaintiffs

Announcing AirTalk’s inaugural ‘Californian of the Year': Prop 8 plaintiffs

Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, plaintiffs in the Supreme Court case that overturned California’s same-sex marriage ban, became the first gay couple to wed in Los Angeles since 2008 at City Hall. Former mayor Antonio Villaraigosa officiated the ceremony.; Credit: Maya Sugarman/KPCC It’s been a big year in the gay rights movement and two couples […]

What role should the US play in Afghanistan next year?

What role should the US play in Afghanistan next year?

US army soldiers march from the Forward Base Honaker Miracle at Watahpur District in Kunar province during a joint patrol on April 18, 2013.; Credit: MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty Images According to a new, classified report by U.S. intelligence agencies, security conditions in Afghanistan will likely worsen regardless of the withdrawal of U.S. troops. The assessment warns […]

Hotels nixing minibars forevermore?

Hotels nixing minibars forevermore?

A hotel minibar; Credit: Vancity Allie via Flickr Creative Commons The hotel minibar may soon be a thing of the past, experts say. A recent survey by travel website TripAdvisor.com found that the minibar is the least important amenity for U.S. travelers. Only 21 percent of travelers ranked the minibar as important, compared to 89 […]

How do you stay secure in an open wifi network?

How do you stay secure in an open wifi network?

Customers use wireless devices at a coffee shop in downtown Hanoi on November 28, 2013.; Credit: HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images The spread of wireless networks from our homes to coffee shops, libraries, planes, and trains has been steady and expansive. ¬†Free, public wifi is available in stores and on public transit. Paid wifi on airplanes […]

Is chip-and-PIN the answer to safer credit card transactions?

Is chip-and-PIN the answer to safer credit card transactions?

A chip and pin debit console is seen on 23 February, 2006, in Manchester, England.; Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images As Target continues to investigate how the details of 40 million credit cards were stolen from their stores, attention has now turned to improved payment technology. The use of magnetic strips on the back of cards […]

Is chip-and-PIN the answer to safer credit card transactions?

Is chip-and-PIN the answer to safer credit card transactions?

A chip and pin debit console is seen on 23 February, 2006, in Manchester, England.; Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images As Target continues to investigate how the details of 40 million credit cards were stolen from their stores, attention has now turned to improved payment technology. The use of magnetic strips on the back of cards […]

Filmweek: The Wolf of Wall Street, August: Osage County, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and more

Filmweek: The Wolf of Wall Street, August: Osage County, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and more

Actor Leonardo Di Caprio (L) American filmmaker Martin Scorsese (C) and French actor Jean Dujardin (R) pose during the premiere of their new film ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ on December 9, 2013 in Paris. ; Credit: PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images Larry and KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell and Henry Sheehan review the Christmas releases, including […]

Filmweek: The Wolf of Wall Street, August: Osage County, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and more

Filmweek: The Wolf of Wall Street, August: Osage County, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and more

Actor Leonardo Di Caprio (L) American filmmaker Martin Scorsese (C) and French actor Jean Dujardin (R) pose during the premiere of their new film ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ on December 9, 2013 in Paris. ; Credit: PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images Larry and KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell and Henry Sheehan review the Christmas releases, including […]

How to handle holiday huggers and other types of assertive well-wishers at work?

How to handle holiday huggers and other types of assertive well-wishers at work?

; Credit: Alan via Flickr Creative COmmons (http://www.flickr.com/photos/image_munky/) The holidays have a way of bringing out the joie de vivre in people, but what’s acceptable behaviors at a family holiday celebration might not translate as well in a work-related setting. We’ve all met the indiscriminate holiday hugger, or the inebriated co-worker that tends to over-share […]