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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 [...]

Toilet to tap, the answer to SoCal’s water woes?

Toilet to tap, the answer to SoCal’s water woes?

A new report from the National Research Council has found that reclaimed wastewater could be treated to the same safety standard as drinking water, a finding that could help the Southern California’s strained water resources. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

How to deal with child sexual abuse in Hollywood

How to deal with child sexual abuse in Hollywood

In late November, a talent manager who represents young children was arrested and charged with eight felony counts stemming from the alleged abuse of a young boy. A few weeks earlier a casting associate who worked on high-profile films was arrested for neglecting to update the authorities when he began to work under a different [...]

Haterade: Does "commenting culture" promote conversation or kill it?

Haterade: Does "commenting culture" promote conversation or kill it?

“You are a vile, loathsome, despicable pig. Your stench permeates through the web,” wrote a commenter targeting columnist Meghan Daum. Such comments inspired Daum’s new essay “Haterade,” about how “commenting culture,” as she calls it, “infects the Internet, inviting us not to ‘join the conversation’ so much as to join a fight — or at [...]

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