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Does a jury of your peers have to be all English speakers?

Does a jury of your peers have to be all English speakers?

Should non-English speakers serve on a jury? ; Credit: Getty Images  A New Mexico Supreme Court ruling this week underscored the rights of non-English speakers to serve as jurors in the state’s trials. Its constitution declares clearly that the right of any citizen to “sit upon juries, shall never be restricted…on account of…inability to speak, […]

Do you prefer the orderliness of a homeowner association or a less-structured neighborhood?

Do you prefer the orderliness of a homeowner association or a less-structured neighborhood?

Does the structure of condos and townhouses with mandatory HOA fees appeal to you? Some of us thrive in a structured environment, while others prefer the freedom to express themselves without rules. And that doesn’t just apply to who we want to be, but equally to where we choose to live as well. Do you […]

Holder looks to make changes to the punishments of convicted drug offenders

Holder looks to make changes to the punishments of convicted drug offenders

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during the 2013 America Bar Association (ABA) annual meeting on August 12, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Holder is seeking changes in the minimum penalties of certain low-level drug related crimes.; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Nearly half of the 219,000 inmates in federal prisons are there on drug-related convictions, […]

Is your alma mater a party school?

Is your alma mater a party school?

How does a high ranking on a ‘party school’ list affect its image?; Credit: Kyle Sullivan/Flickr The University of Iowa is ranked the number one party school in the country as part of the latest Princeton Review rankings. Last year, Princeton Review ranked West Virginia University number one, but this year WVU dropped to fourth […]

Filmweek: Elysium, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, We’re the Millers and more

Filmweek: Elysium, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, We’re the Millers and more

Actors Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley attend the premiere of TriStar Pictures’ “Elysium” at Regency Village Theatre on August 7, 2013 in Westwood, California. ; Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Filmweek: Elysium, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, We’re the Millers and more: Larry Mantle and KPCC critics Tim Cogshell, Henry Sheehan and Charles Solomon review this week’s […]

Queens of Noise tells the complete story of The Runaways

Queens of Noise tells the complete story of The Runaways

The LA-based band was the first all-girl group to be signed to a major label. The 70’s rock band The Runaways helped pave the way for female artists of today like Madonna and Lady Gaga. The LA-based band was the first all-girl group to be signed to a major label and tour the world. Evelyn […]

What does a clean or cluttered workspace say about you?

What does a clean or cluttered workspace say about you?

Larry Mantle’s desk at KPCC’s Mohn Broadcast Center in Pasadena. ; Credit: Michelle Lanz/KPCC We want to see your workspaces! Message us a pic on Facebook or tweet us at @AirTalk.  Is a messy desk a sign of genius or merely a sign of a messy desk? It’s probably somewhere in between, say researchers at the […]

Are embassy closures a proper response to Al Qaeda chatter?

Are embassy closures a proper response to Al Qaeda chatter?

US Department of State Spokesperson Jen Psaki said the closures are not because of a new threat, but for extra caution. ; Credit: Getty Images The State Department has extended the closure of a number of embassies in the Middle East and North Africa until August 10. An intercepted message between senior Al Qaeda leaders […]

CBS and Time Warner play brinksmanship games

CBS and Time Warner play brinksmanship games

CBS is still pulled from TimeWarner lineup in major cities ; Credit: Flickr/jazzlog Negotiations have stalled in a very public way between  Time Warner Cable and CBS in their contract dispute. As of Friday, Time Warner blacked out CBS and all its affiliated channels in large markets including Los Angeles, New York and Dallas. It […]

How can big, hip cities attract young families?

How can big, hip cities attract young families?

A family walks by the Statue of Liberty on July 4, 2013 on the Liberty Island in New York City.; Credit: Kena Betancur/Getty Images Think Manhattan or San Francisco and the images that come up are young, hip urbanites living life up. But author Joel Kotkin says cities shouldn’t only be a playground for the […]