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How good, or bad, are Ayn Rand’s movies?

How good, or bad, are Ayn Rand’s movies?

Novelist and screenwriter Ayn Rand Ayn Rand worked in Hollywood, writing screenplays of her work and others’ – so how good, or bad, are her movies? Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

RNC Preview

RNC Preview

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Today marks the beginning of the Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay, Florida. While Mitt Romney has long been the GOP nominee, this event will serve as the formal coronation of his candidacy as the Republican standard bearer and chief opposition to […]

Who gives more to charity, Democrats or Republicans?

Who gives more to charity, Democrats or Republicans?

A gift certificate for a local grocery store is written out for fishermen and their families at an aid station on May 20, 2010 in Port Sulphur, Louisiana. The Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans distributed the vouchers to families affected by the BP oil spill. Credit: John Moore/Getty Images The ongoing calls for presumptive […]

Cinecon Classic Film Festival kicks off next week

Cinecon Classic Film Festival kicks off next week

Credit: Courtesy of Cinecon One of the greatest aspects of life in Hollywood is the unprecedented access its citizens have to the world of film. Next week, the Cinecon Classic Film Festival kicks off to celebrate movies from the earlier days of the entertainment industry. More than two dozen films will be screened in 35mm […]

New reasons for Romney’s refusal to release taxes

New reasons for Romney’s refusal to release taxes

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign event at Central Campus High School on August 8, 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa. Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been under heavy fire from Camp Obama for only releasing two years of tax returns. In an interview […]

FilmWeek: Hit & Run, Premium Rush, Robot & Frank, Compliance, Red Hook Summer and more

FilmWeek: Hit & Run, Premium Rush, Robot & Frank, Compliance, Red Hook Summer and more

Actors Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell and Jason Bateman attend the after party for the premiere of Open Road Films’ “Hit and Run” on August 14, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images Larry Mantle is joined by KPCC film critics Wade Major and Claudia Puig to review this week’s new films, including […]

Police scanners are now coming in the form of 140 characters or less

Police scanners are now coming in the form of 140 characters or less

Social Networking And Blogging Website Twitter Credit: Oli Scarff/Getty Images People have found a new way to track crime in their neighborhoods. Residents who are police scanner junkies are now sharing what they hear on Twitter, providing a real time picture of crime and police activity around Los Angeles. Read the Full Story at KPCC […]

Having your marriage and cheating on it too

Having your marriage and cheating on it too

It’s the stuff of daytime soaps, country music lyrics and French cinema – and it usually ends badly. There’s no good way to cheat on your spouse, is there? Not true, says controversial sociologist Catherine Hakim. In a recent op-ed in The Telegraph, Hakim says that a “playfair,” with clearly defined rules and zero expectations […]

American English shift: northern vowels on the move

American English shift: northern vowels on the move

US President John F. Kennedy (C) wipes his forehead as he delivers the State of the Union address before Congress in Washington, DC, in January 1963, as Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson (C, back) looks on. Credit: AFP/AFP/Getty Images Since the dawn of television, conventional wisdom has held that American regional accents and dialects are […]

The music of Mary Poppins is still Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

The music of Mary Poppins is still Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

In this April, 5,1965 file photo actress Debbie Reynolds poses with Academy awards winners for best music Richard M. Sherman, right and Robert Sherman, left, who received the award for Mary Poppins in Santa Monica Calif. Credit: Anonymous/AP We’ve all heard it said that it’s a small world. But nobody has said it in as […]