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What would it take to get you to bike?

What would it take to get you to bike?
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A first-of-its-kind study from the University of Wisconsin found that if people switched from cars to bikes for just half of their short trips (5 miles or less), it would save a net societal health benefit of $3.5 billion in increased air quality, and $3.8 billion in savings from smaller health care costs—annually. Read the […]

Life on film: what are the best – and worst – biopics ever made?

Life on film: what are the best – and worst – biopics ever made?

Leonardo DiCaprio is already drawing raves for his stunning turn as J. Edgar Hoover in J. Edgar. Credit is also certainly due director Clint Eastwood and writer Dustin Lance Black (who also penned the Oscar-winning biopic, "Milk"). Portraying a real-life character is arguably Oscar-bait for any serious actor or director; one of the first to […]

Operation Mend: to reconstruct soldiers and marines wounded in war

Operation Mend: to reconstruct soldiers and marines wounded in war

On July 5, 2007, Army Specialist Joey Paulk’s vehicle was hit by 3 mines in Afghanistan. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

The struggle for Egypt: A historical perspective

The struggle for Egypt: A historical perspective

When Tahrir Square in Cairo was teeming with revolution early this year, the world watched intently. Geopolitics hadn't been shaken so fundamentally since 9/11. The regime of Hosni Mubarak had held onto Egypt for thirty years, offering stability in the beginning, then a long, slow decline. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Unreal Estate: Money, Ambition, and the Lust for Land in Los Angeles

Unreal Estate: Money, Ambition, and the Lust for Land in Los Angeles

Land, power and money: These are the themes of "Unreal Estate," in which Michael Gross dishes about — of all things — houses. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Eddie Murphy out of Oscars: Who’s next?

Eddie Murphy out of Oscars: Who’s next?

It started with a single comment, dropped by director Brett Ratner during a Q & A for his newest film, “Tower Heist.” Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Who’s the boss when it comes to lunch breaks and coffee time?

Who’s the boss when it comes to lunch breaks and coffee time?

The California Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in a case that will have far-reaching implications for workers across the state. Five restaurant workers are suing Brinker International – owner of Chili's and other chain restaurants – claiming the company made it impossible to take meal and rest breaks. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

The inner world of Spalding Gray

The inner world of Spalding Gray

An intimate theater – the Performing Garage in New York. As the audience waits, quietly talking, a slight, grey-haired man in a plaid shirt and jeans emerges from the shadows. He walks to the stage, sits down at a worn wooden table in front of a microphone and opens a notebook decorated with farm animals. […]

Ethical intelligence: How to be the better, bigger person

Ethical intelligence: How to be the better, bigger person

We’ve heard of IQ intelligence and EQ, but what about ethical intelligence? Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

More muscle in the fight over California pensions

More muscle in the fight over California pensions

On Monday morning in Sacramento top union representatives were wrestling with major developments in the pension fight. Last week, two new ballot initiatives were proposed that aim to change retirement plans for public sector workers. While there are variations in the details, they both aim to shift some of the pension burden away from the […]