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In Praise of Adoption

In Praise of Adoption

There are 1.5 million adopted children in the United States and 58 percent of Americans know someone who has been adopted, has adopted a child, or has relinquished a child for adoption. Scott Simon, host of NPR’s “Weekend Edition” joins Larry Mantle to tell the story of how he and his wife Caroline found true [...]

The Murder Room

The Murder Room

Everyone’s heard of the literary detective extraordinaire Sherlock Holmes, but perhaps fewer have heard of the real life French detective, Eugene Francois Vidocq, who inspired Holmes’ character. Even fewer have heard of the Vidocq Society, a group of 82 of the world’s greatest detectives and investigators, which meets monthly to solve cold cases. Sounds like [...]

Special Editions: are they worth your time and money?

Special Editions: are they worth your time and money?

“Directors Cut,” “Special Edition,” “Expanded Edition,”… no matter what you call them, are repacked releases a gimmick? In light of Avatar’s theatrical re-release as a special edition with additional footage, David Lazarus takes your calls about Special Edition releases to theaters and home video….are they worth it? Which have you liked, or not? Read the [...]

Tales of two school districts: LAUSD’s huge disparities & how to fix them

Tales of two school districts: LAUSD’s huge disparities & how to fix them

Student A attends El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, one of the top-achieving public schools in the state, a school that is a regular finalist in national Academic Decathlon competitions with plenty of advanced placement classes available, located in a bucolic upper-middle class neighborhood. Student B attends Belmont Senior High School in Westlake, [...]

Conversations with California’s congressmen and women – Rep. Xavier Becerra

Conversations with California’s congressmen and women – Rep. Xavier Becerra

Continuing our series of conversations with California’s lawmakers, we talk with Congressman Xavier Becerra, Democrat from Los Angeles. As members of Congress get ready to go back to DC after their recess ends in early September, they're preparing to deal with a number of issues — among them are the unprecedented rate of unemployment, the [...]

Danger – Email ahead!

Danger – Email ahead!

Ever hit SEND…and immediately regret it? The ease of e-communication has unleashed a Pandora’s inbox of potential sins, from careless cc’ing to office over-sharing to completely avoidable misunderstandings. These transgressions can cause more than embarrassment – they can result in career suicide or even bring down a corporation. Author Will Schwalbe joins guest host David [...]

Conversations with California’s congressmen and women – Rep. Adam Schiff

Conversations with California’s congressmen and women – Rep. Adam Schiff

As members of Congress get ready to go back to DC after their recess ends in early September, they're preparing to deal with a number of issues. Among them are the unprecedented rate of unemployment, the continuing economic downturn, and foreign relations issues. To top it all, mid-term elections are rapidly approaching, elections which could [...]

Searching for meaning in a throwaway world

Searching for meaning in a throwaway world

Nerds of today don’t simply toil away in front of computer screens. Many have harnessed the information push of the internet to learn how to do—and make—just about everything from bikes to musical instruments to traditional crafts. The commercial success of sites like Etsy is only one indicator of an increasing demand for things made [...]

The Kindergarten Congressman

The Kindergarten Congressman

Harold Ford, Jr.’s political journey began at age 4, when he appeared in a commercial for his father’s congressional campaign. Harold, Sr. went on to become the first African-American to represent Tennessee in Congress, an office he held for more than two decades, and his son followed in his footsteps to the House of Representatives. [...]

Obesity rates keep growing. Is “Instant Recess” the answer?

Obesity rates keep growing.  Is “Instant Recess” the answer?

Obesity rates continue to grow, and all eyes seem focused on the issue… from the First Lady, to members of Congress, to health officials and academics. The figures are staggering: 2.4 million people joined the ranks of the obese from 2007 to 2009. Currently more than a quarter (26.7%) of the US population is obese. [...]

Gooden Open House Saturday, January 11

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