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Obama rejects Keystone XL oil pipeline permit

Obama rejects Keystone XL oil pipeline permit

Was it all just a pipe dream? President Obama on Wednesday rejected energy company TransCanada Corporation’s pending application for the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline across 1,700-miles, including environmentally… Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Letterman stand-up booker fired for saying women aren’t funny

Letterman stand-up booker fired for saying women aren’t funny

After a decade, late-night comedian Dave Letterman’s show booker lost his job when he claimed that he hardly scheduled any female comedians because they were less "authentic." Does the industry and audience still favor men over women? Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

"SEALAB: America’s Forgotten Quest to Live and Work on the Ocean Floor"

"SEALAB: America’s Forgotten Quest to Live and Work on the Ocean Floor"

In Ben Hellwarth’s new book, “SEALAB" the author revisits the once highly vaunted excursion of Earth’s aquatic frontier. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

With an outrageous tale, authors Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel explore the lunatic fringe

With an outrageous tale, authors Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel explore the lunatic fringe

How do two buffoons from suburban New Jersey become legendary international criminals? Award-winning authors Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel join forces to answer this question with their new book “Lunatics.” Barry and Zweibel employ their fictionalized alter egos Jeffrey Peckerman and Philip Horkman as troublemakers who, through their own stupidity, turn a disputed call in [...]

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: How’s business in Leimert Park?

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: How’s business in Leimert Park?

Despite the crowd at today's MLK parade, business is still lagging in Leimert Park. What could stop the decline? Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Oscar’s cure for documentary nominees worse than what ailed it?

Oscar’s cure for documentary nominees worse than what ailed it?

The rumor started early this week: the Academy Awards Board of Governors had a solution for the notoriously controversial documentary category. Official word came down yesterday. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

“The Artist”: the artistry of wordlessness

“The Artist”: the artistry of wordlessness

In a modern era inundated with multi-million dollar entertainment extravaganzas filled with 3-D special effects that were unimaginable a few decades ago, who would have guessed that a silent black and white film would be not only successful, but a critically acclaimed hit? Even the makers of “The Artist” probably could not have predicted how [...]

Higher education in America: What kind of future does it have?

Higher education in America: What kind of future does it have?

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2008, 2.2 million freshman students, or 68.6 percent of all high school graduates, were enrolled in college. Most of the high school graduates who attend college are full-time students, though just under 40 percent of non-traditional, older or working students went to college full-time. Read [...]

Do placebos really work?

Do placebos really work?

If you are merely told that you are getting a good workout every day, even if you aren’t, you will lose weight. If you are simply lead to believe that the food you eat is indulgent and filling, even if it isn’t, you will feel fuller after eating it. These statements may sound far-fetched, but [...]

Health policy expert Gary Taubes on why we get fat

Health policy expert Gary Taubes on why we get fat

You exercise, you diet, but you still get fat. If this sounds familiar, you are not alone. Many of us have heard that over one third of adults in the United States are obese, as documented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but many of us do not know exactly why… why do [...]