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‘Meat is murder!’ and other things you shouldn’t say at Thanksgiving

‘Meat is murder!’ and other things you shouldn’t say at Thanksgiving

How will you survive the holidays this year?; Credit: Ruocaled/Flickr Creative Commons Thanksgiving is a time for families to come together and be thankful. For many of us, it’s also extremely fraught with unresolved family issues. The differences between us, whether they’re political, culinary or semantic can come with us to the table – whether […]

White House press corps revolts against image control

White House press corps revolts against image control

The North Lawn of the White House ; Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images Yesterday, USA Today became the latest major media outlet to boycott photos officially issued by the White House. The paper joins the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) and 37 other media outlets, including The Associated Press, Reuters, The New York Times, The Washington […]

Judge blocks sale of Calif. high-speed rail bonds

Judge blocks sale of Calif. high-speed rail bonds

By: Juliet Williams SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A Sacramento County Superior Court judge is blocking the sale of bonds to build California’s bullet train and has rejected the state’s funding plan, jeopardizing the future of the project. In rulings issued Monday, Judge Michael Kenny rejected a request from the California High-Speed Rail Authority to sell $8 […]

Politically apathetic? Maybe it’s your commute, study suggests

Politically apathetic? Maybe it’s your commute, study suggests

A new study suggests that long commutes can make us more apathetic when it comes to politics.; Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images No one knows better than an Angeleno the soul-sucking nature of the daily commute. Battling the freeway maze can leave you exhausted at the end of the day, and according to a recent […]

Filmweek: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Philomena, Delivery Man and more

Filmweek: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Philomena, Delivery Man and more

Elizabeth Banks, Liam Hemsworth, and Jennifer Lawrence attend the “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” New York Premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on November 20, 2013 in New York City. ; Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images Larry is joined by KPCC critics Claudia Puig and Alynda Wheat to review this week’s releases, including The Hunger Games, Philomena, […]

Before the White House, there was ‘JFK in the Senate’

Before the White House, there was ‘JFK in the Senate’

1962: US statesman John F Kennedy, 35th president of the USA, making a speech. ; Credit: Central Press/Getty Images Before John F. Kennedy became one of the most famous residents of the White House he spent his formative political years as the senator from Massachusetts. Connections Kennedy made on a special Senate panel to identify […]

‘Lying’ argues honesty is always the best policy

‘Lying’ argues honesty is always the best policy

In ‘Lying’, author Sam Harris makes a case for telling the truth. “Do these jeans make me look fat?” Has anyone ever answered that question honestly? Would an honest answer, even if painful, be good for us? Yes, according to neuroscientist and noted “new atheist” Sam Harris. In his new book, “Lying,” Harris explores the […]

Military suicide prevention techniques seem to be working

Military suicide prevention techniques seem to be working

; Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images Military suicides have dropped significantly—more than 22 percent this year. That’s great news, but what has puzzled military officials is why. The Defense Department has launched a series of new suicide prevention programs, but whether those efforts have had any real impact on the reduced rates remains unclear, officials admit. […]

New cholesterol risk calculator doesn’t seem to add up

New cholesterol risk calculator doesn’t seem to add up

What’s the best way for doctors and patients to determine risk?; Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images Last week, the nation’s leading heart organizations announced new cholesterol-lowering guidelines. Central to the recommendations is a new online calculator meant to measure the risk of heart attack and stroke, as well as treatment options. Now, that calculator appears to […]

Why humans fear, loathe, and love insects

Why humans fear, loathe, and love insects

“The Infested Mind” Do you feel disgusted when you a cockroach scurrying across the floor? What is your reaction when you hear someone says the word, “bed bugs?”  Seeing and talking about insects usually evokes a strong reaction, often fear, from many people.   In his book, Jeffrey Lockwood goes in depth into why those […]