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Guns across America

Guns across America

Author Dan Baum joins Larry to talk about his new book, “Gun Guys: A Road Trip,” where Baum journeys through America to find out what people really think about guns. Credit: Gun Guys: A Road Trip cover Author Dan Baum is a self-professed Democrat and gun lover. While that combo seems like oil and water […]

TED2013 Talk: Why your twenties matter

TED2013 Talk: Why your twenties matter

Dr. Meg Jay, psychologist that works primarily with clients in their 20s, spoke at TED 2013 about 30 not being the new 20 and how to make the most out of being 20-something. Credit: Jen Fariello During TED 2013, clinical psychologist Dr. Meg Jay determined to inspire young adults to realize one thing—make your twenties […]

Is Governor Brown’s proposed use of Prop 30 tax dollars to fund public education really “just”?

Is Governor Brown’s proposed use of Prop 30 tax dollars to fund public education really “just”?

Governor Jerry Brown wants to use funds from Prop 30 mostly for inner-city schools. Some taxpayers are upset because they did not know of Brown’s redistribution plan when they voted for Prop 30. Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Governor Jerry Brown recently put out a new proposal on how to fund schools should across the state. […]

Baby “cured” of HIV

Baby “cured” of HIV

HIV particles, yellow, infect an immune cell, blue. Credit: /NIAID_Flickr An infant born in rural Mississipi has been “functionally cured” of H.I.V. after aggressive antiretroviral treatment only 30 hours after birth. The success of the treatment is considered to be a  major breakthrough for HIV/AIDS treatment because it is the first to cure an individual […]

How will a new Pope impact the future of the Catholic church?

How will a new Pope impact the future of the Catholic church?

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki addresses a mass service to mark the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI at the St. Hedwig’s Cathedral in Berlin on February 28, 2013. Credit: ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images With Pope Benedict XVI now officially retired, the Catholic church is without a full-fledged world leader. How will this impact the status quo? This […]

A history of Hollywood background actors

A history of Hollywood background actors

Anthony Slide’s “Hollywood Unknwons” You may not notice them, but they’re there. Background actors are one of the many aspects of filmmaking that makes a movie seem realistic. Even though everyone in the audience is there to see the famous actor in the foreground, it is the extras, bit players and stand-ins who take a […]

How Max Boot’s book could change the war

How Max Boot’s book could change the war

“Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present” written by Max Boot Credit: Liveright Publishing Corporation  Policy advisor and historian Max Boot has written “the” history book to guerilla warfare. His 750-page narrative (including a 66-page bibliography and 41-page index) details guerilla warfare going back to the year 66 […]

Is Measure A right for Los Angeles?

Is Measure A right for Los Angeles?

Measure A: Will a .5% sales tax increase in Los Angeles prevent funding cuts or will it drive businesses out of this city? Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images With the March 5 election approaching, Los Angeles business owners, public safety officers, and politicians find themselves in debate mode as the city considers a sales tax increase […]

Who owns your mug shot?

Who owns your mug shot?

Taken on February 26, 2013, this is a screenshot of Florida Mug Shots, a facebook page that posts Florida’s publicly recorded mugshots. Credit: Florida Mug Shots on Facebook Ever since 1909 Florida has believed that any records made in a public agency should be available to the public. This has been upheld in various ways […]

Revealing ‘hidden biases of good people’ in ‘Blindspot’

Revealing ‘hidden biases of good people’ in ‘Blindspot’

“Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People,” by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald Many Americans like to think that they hold few, if any, racial prejudices, but when it comes to choosing friends, a number of these same people are likely to base their choices on race without even realizing it. Social psychology professors […]