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From war orphan to Hollywood icon

From war orphan to Hollywood icon

He was born on a French battlefield during the first World War. Starting life as an orphan, his journey to Hollywood led to starring roles in nearly two dozen blockbuster silent films. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Marijuana and crime: do they go hand and hand?

Marijuana and crime: do they go hand and hand?

Conventional wisdom often dictates that drugs and crime go hand-in-hand, but a new report by the RAND corporation calls into question that logic, at least when it come to marijuana. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Guilty verdict in the "Irvine 11" case

Guilty verdict in the "Irvine 11" case

The jury spent days deliberating in the case of 10 students (11 were originally charged, but one of those cases was dropped) accused of disrupting a speech at UC Irvine by the Israeli ambassador to the United States. The case has stoked a spirited debate about free speech not just in the courtroom, but on [...]

National Punctuation Day

National Punctuation Day

This holiday, founded by Jeff Rubin, encourages world wide literacy and reminds Americans that “a semicolon is not a surgical procedure.” Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

The millennial generation (born 1982–2003) is America’s newest civic generation

The millennial generation (born 1982–2003) is America’s newest civic generation

In their 2008 book, Millennial Makeover, Morley Winograd and Michael D. Hais argued that the Millennial Generation would change American politics for good. Later that year, a huge surge of participation from young voters helped to launch Barack Obama into the White House. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

“We Were Here”

“We Were Here”

The documentary “We Were Here” tracks the onslaught of the AIDS epidemic in the Castro district (the gay Mecca) of San Francisco that began in the mid-1970s. The film follows the personal and emotionally compelling stories of some of the people who lived through tumultuous time. We watch as they express the pain of loss [...]

Charges in the Kelly Thomas case

Charges in the Kelly Thomas case

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas has announced charges against two of the six Fullerton police officers in conjunction with the death of homeless schizophrenic man Kelly Thomas in July. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

How to teach math? One size may not fit all

How to teach math? One size may not fit all

Most high school math is completely useless to the majority of adults and "most citizens would be better served by studying how mortgages are priced, how computers are programmed and how the statistical results of a medical trial are to be understood." At least that’s the argument two mathematicians are making. Read the Full Story [...]

From piano to prog – eclectic musical adventures at LA Chamber Orchestra

From piano to prog – eclectic musical adventures at LA Chamber Orchestra

Now in its 43rd year, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra begins its 2011-2012 season with customary flair and innovation. Two adventurous West Coast premieres are on the program, to be conducted by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane: Osvaldo Golijov’s richly orchestrated Siderious, based on the writings of Galileo after he observed the moon through a telescope [...]

The Dolphin in the Mirror: Exploring Dolphin Minds and Saving Dolphin Lives

The Dolphin in the Mirror: Exploring Dolphin Minds and Saving Dolphin Lives

Dolphins are second only to humans in some intellectual features and are believed to be close cognitive cousins of chimpanzees. They can recognize themselves in a mirror and possess self awareness – a trait once thought to be uniquely human. Despite that, dolphins around the globe are often mistreated and even slaughtered. One pioneer of [...]