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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 [...]

Diane Keaton on Annie and Dorothy Hall

Diane Keaton on Annie and Dorothy Hall

We all know Diane Keaton as Michael Corleone's wife from "The Godfather," before serving as the real world basis for the fictional title character she played in Woody Allen's "Annie Hall," which garnered her an Academy Award for Best Actress. Since then, she went on to star in several more of Allen's films, as well [...]

Mystery in the jungle: Charlie Hood returns in T. Jefferson Parker’s “The Jaguar”

Mystery in the jungle: Charlie Hood returns in T. Jefferson Parker’s “The Jaguar”

A Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter waits in a crumbling castle deep in a Yucatecan jungle, held hostage by the head of a powerful cartel. His demand? That she write him “the greatest narcocorrido of all time.” Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Attack of the sequels!

Attack of the sequels!

In 1916, early film director D.W. Griffith created a cinematic precedent by making a follow up to his wildly successful film, Birth of a Nation. Fall of a Nation became the first movie sequel of all time, setting the stage for countless films that would ride the coattails of a previous production. Read the Full [...]

“Downton Abbey” returns to PBS for season 2

“Downton Abbey” returns to PBS for season 2

In its first season, it took home six Emmys. ‘’Home’’ is England, the setting for “Downton Abbey,” the biggest English period series since ‘’Brideshead Revisited’’ and ‘’Upstairs Downstairs.’’ Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Panhandlers bring out your inner (fill in the blank)

Panhandlers bring out your inner (fill in the blank)

For every creative cardboard sign drawn by a beggar there is a creative city ordinance to try to deal with beggars. This week, a Las Vegas county official introduced a new restriction to vex panhandlers. The ordinance would ban pets on the Strip in Vegas, because more beggars are using animals for sympathy donations. "Panhandlers [...]

Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget released early

Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget released early

According to Governor Jerry Brown in a news conference this afternoon, if voters reject tax increases proposed in his 2012 state budget, he will call for $4.8 billion to be cut from public school funding. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs