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The Doors: A close reading with Greil Marcus

The Doors: A close reading with Greil Marcus

It’s been forty years since Jim Morrison's death, and still his psychedelic presence rings clear in the music of The Doors. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Who cares what people say about us? We do

Who cares what people say about us? We do

Why do we care about what others think? In "People Will Talk: The Surprising Science of Reputation," author John Whitfield answers that question. Whitfield explores a topic in his new book that's very close to the human condition: reputation and gossip. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Obama kills new smog rules, Republicans call stricter ozone requirements a “regulatory jihad"

Obama kills new smog rules, Republicans call stricter ozone requirements a “regulatory jihad"

Just before Labor Day, President Obama had a sit down meeting in the Oval Office with Lisa Jackson, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), formally rejecting her recommendations for improving the Clean Air Act. He told Jackson that “she would have an opportunity to revisit the Clean Air Act Standard in 2013—if they [...]

Millionaires lobby deficit-reduction super committee to please, raise its taxes

Millionaires lobby deficit-reduction super committee to please, raise its taxes

A group of 21 millionaires spanning from Berkeley to Boston lobbied Congress today to increase taxes on the wealthiest Americans. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Van Gogh: The Life

Van Gogh: The Life

Starry nights, storm-heavy hayfields, sky-wheeling crows and sunflowers — we’ve come to know the artist Vincent van Gogh through his paintings. The emotional turbulence and despair that powered every brushstroke; the ever more intense palette of colors splashed across each canvas; the unspeakable loneliness that emanates from his self-portraits. In this stunning, expansive new biography, [...]

The biological clock crosses the gender divide: How old is too old for fatherhood?

The biological clock crosses the gender divide: How old is too old for fatherhood?

For decades the age at which people decide to get into parenting has been increasing, but women have borne the brunt of the focus. We see study after study on the countless ways a woman’s age affects everything from her egg count to her child’s cognitive ability. But what about men? Read the Full Story [...]

Pop culture throw down: Interview with a Vampire vs. Twilight

Pop culture throw down: Interview with a Vampire vs. Twilight

<center><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/sIpeBi6SG4A?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></center> Anne Rice, author of Interview with a Vampire—arguably the early genesis of popular culture’s obsession with vampires—has sunk her teeth into a new controversy over author Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

The wide, weird world of geography wonks

The wide, weird world of geography wonks

Ken Jennings is known for being one of two carbon-based contestants to match wits with IBM's "Watson" supercomputer on "Jeopardy!" last February. Machine bested man in that game, but Jennings nevertheless holds two game show records among humans – longest winning streak on Jeopardy! (74 games) and all-time biggest money winner on U.S. game shows [...]

What would it take to get you to bike?

What would it take to get you to bike?

A first-of-its-kind study from the University of Wisconsin found that if people switched from cars to bikes for just half of their short trips (5 miles or less), it would save a net societal health benefit of $3.5 billion in increased air quality, and $3.8 billion in savings from smaller health care costs—annually. Read the [...]

Life on film: what are the best – and worst – biopics ever made?

Life on film: what are the best – and worst – biopics ever made?

Leonardo DiCaprio is already drawing raves for his stunning turn as J. Edgar Hoover in J. Edgar. Credit is also certainly due director Clint Eastwood and writer Dustin Lance Black (who also penned the Oscar-winning biopic, "Milk"). Portraying a real-life character is arguably Oscar-bait for any serious actor or director; one of the first to [...]