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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 [...]

Blood and money: how things go wrong so quickly when inheritance is concerned

Blood and money: how things go wrong so quickly when inheritance is concerned

Outright fighting, bitterness, the silent treatment and fractured families—all possible results of an ill-planned estate. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

The uncertain financial future of the film industry

The uncertain financial future of the film industry

Recently, responding to negative pressure from its membership base, Netflix abandoned its plan to split its rent-by-mail and streaming services into two different entities. Meanwhile, Universal Pictures caved to theater exhibitors and agreed not offer “Tower Heist” via a premium-priced streaming service ahead of its theatrical release. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

John Hodgman keeps us laughing with another book of fabricated facts

John Hodgman keeps us laughing with another book of fabricated facts

Although his highest profile gig was the uncool PC in Apple’s long running “Get a Mac” advertising campaign, John Hodgman is also an author, actor, and humorist who is a reoccurring correspondent on The Daily Show with John Stewart. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

They taught me to kill, but not how to deal with killing

They taught me to kill, but not how to deal with killing

At age twenty-three, a bright and well-trained Karl Marlantes was sent to Vietnam as a second lieutenant in command of a platoon of forty Marines. Marlantes thought he could handle the task at hand, but soon discovered how far from mentally or emotionally prepared he was for the trials of war – during battle and [...]

Adam Gopnik asks “What is the meaning of food?”

Adam Gopnik asks “What is the meaning of food?”

In an era of top chefs and religious foodies, Adam Gopnik writes a history of food while the fruit is ripe. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Folk icon Judy Collins with her new children’s book: “When you wish upon a star”

Folk icon Judy Collins with her new children’s book: “When you wish upon a star”

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Ry Cooder finds a new voice in telling Los Angeles stories

Ry Cooder finds a new voice in telling Los Angeles stories

Ry Cooder has been telling stories with his guitar for the past five decades. Starting in the 1960’s, his work with Captain Beefheart, Randy Newman, The Rolling Stones and others brought slide guitar into the mainstream. His solo albums have embraced the roots of folk and popular song, including blues, gospel, calypso, Latin and country [...]

Life with Hitler: the truth about history’s most notorious mistress

Life with Hitler: the truth about history’s most notorious mistress

He was arguably the most hated man of the twentieth century – but even the Führer had someone to love him. And while his public persona demanded that his only bride be Germany, there was a woman behind the scenes, one whose life was intimately entwined with his, personally and politically. Eva Braun was the [...]

Alan Alda debuts his new play, “Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie”

Alan Alda debuts his new play, “Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie”

You know him as Hawkeye Pierce from M*A*S*H or even Jack Donaghy’s father on 30 Rock. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs