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Drug violence at the border—will it ever stop?

Drug violence at the border—will it ever stop?
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People are dying along the U.S.-Mexico border at alarmingly high rates. 2,657 people were murdered in Ciudad Juarez in 2009 alone. Ed Vulliamy’s new book <i>Amexica: War Along the Borderline</i> explores the complexities of border life, digging deeper into this civil war being fought over access to U.S. drug markets. What can be done to […]

Coping with Alzheimer’s

Coping with Alzheimer’s

Barry Petersen has seen a lot during his more than three-decade career as a CBS news correspondent—the aftermath of a Thai tsunami, the devastation from a cholera epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the genocide in Rwanda. But none of it prepared him for the anguish he’d feel when he moved his wife Jan, […]

Green Party underdog for California Governor

Green Party underdog for California Governor

In the race for California's next Governor, frontrunners Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman grab most of the spotlight, but there will be other names on the November 2 ballot – including Green Party candidate Laura Wells. What’s on Wells’ campaign platform? How does she hope to overcome her underdog status and win votes in this […]

Proposition 23: Debating the future of California’s energy & environment

Proposition 23:  Debating the future of California’s energy & environment

Supporters call Proposition 23 the California Jobs Initiative; opponents label it the Dirty Energy Proposition. Whether it passes or fails Prop 23 promises to shape the future of California's energy & environment policies, for better or for worse. Prop 23 would suspend California's landmark carbon emissions regulation bill, AB32, until the state's unemployment rate drops […]

What are your favorite election-themed films?

What are your favorite election-themed films?

Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, Bulworth, Dave, The American President, Primary Colors…what’s your favorite election-themed film? Larry and critics riff about their favs and take listener calls. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Prop 26 – what’s in a name?

Prop 26 – what’s in a name?

It’s a tax, it’s a fee, it’s a tax, it’s a fee, it’s a tax, it’s a… having a “Chinatown” moment yet? Proposition 26 would broaden the definition of “tax” to include many payments that are currently considered fees. What’s in a name? Fees don’t have to have the approval of a supermajority to pass. […]

How religion is reshaping America

How religion is reshaping America

It’s common wisdom that politics and religion should never be discussed in mixed company. In their new book, Robert Putnam, author of <i>Bowling Alone</i>, and David Campbell take on both of these volatile subjects, forcing a head-on conversation. The book examines the changes in religious life in America over the past fifty years – the […]

Starting out young in the world’s oldest profession: children prostitutes in L.A.

Starting out young in the world’s oldest profession: children prostitutes in L.A.

Last month, an LAPD investigation examining whether Los Angeles motels were catering to prostitution, led detectives to the room of a 13-year-old runaway from Hawthorne. The girl said that she and another girl were being held against their will and forced into prostitution by 34-year-old, Leroy Bragg. Bragg has since been charged with multiple felony […]

What are Arabs saying to us and why does it matter?

What are Arabs saying to us and why does it matter?

The U.S plays a leading role in the Middle East whether in peacemaking, war efforts, support of our ally Israel or diplomacy that insures our access to oil. But what do we really know about the Arab peoples who live in that region? In his new book “Arab Voices,” James Zogby reveals the results from […]

Arianna Huffington and a Third World America

Arianna Huffington and a Third World America

According to the most recent release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics 9.6% of Americans are unemployed. In late 2009, the U.S. Department of Agriculture revealed that 49 million Americans lack consistent access to food. Last month the U.S. Census Bureau released its poverty numbers and apparently 14.3 % of American’s are living at or […]