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The murky diplomacy surrounding Chen Guangcheng

The murky diplomacy surrounding Chen Guangcheng

Chinese activist activist Chen Guangcheng (L) is seen in a wheelchair pushed by a nurse at the Chaoyang hospital in Beijing on May 2, 2012. Credit: AFP/AFP/Getty Images On Thursday, Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) held an emergency congressional hearing regarding the blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng. Chen, who was recently being housed in the American […]

Former NBC exec dishes on the story of “Must See TV”

Former NBC exec dishes on the story of “Must See TV”

“Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV” by Warren Littlefield Credit: Random House, Inc. There was a period in the 1990s when NBC’s Thursday night primetime lineup was so dominant that it earned the name “Must See TV.” Millions tuned in every week, and the watercooler talk on Friday […]

Louie Perez has a new gig

Louie Perez has a new gig

Louie Perez of Los Lobos has taken on a different role with “Evangelina” Credit: Nancy Ostertag/Getty Images “Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe” is a multimedia play with music that features songs from Louie Perez and David Hildago’s 40-year songbook. The two are the founding members of the Grammy-winning and commercially successful group Los Lobos, whose […]

What can we learn from French food culture to improve American eating habits?

What can we learn from French food culture to improve American eating habits?

How would your children, nieces, or nephews handle eating French food such as mussels, foie gras, and blue cheese for one meal? How about for an entire year? That was the challenge faced by mother and author Karen Le Billon and her family when she decided to move everyone to her husband’s hometown in northern […]

What to do about Iran? Three viewpoints

What to do about Iran? Three viewpoints

Iranian women walk past a mural depicting Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (L) and late revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (R). Credit: ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images Negotiations with Western powers in Turkey, internal turmoil in Iran, the Stuxnet virus, harsher sanctions, tough talk from Prime Minister Netanyahu….the headlines continue. What should the West, America and […]

L.A. Metro is buying rail cars from Japan, is it sending jobs there too?

L.A. Metro is buying rail cars from Japan, is it sending jobs there too?

Airport Link testing. A Kinkisharyo-Mitsui LRV is parked on the elevated guideway that leads to SeaTac/Airport station a short distance from Tukwila International Boulevard Station. November, 2009. Kinkisharyo International was just awarded Los Angeles’ rail car contract. Credit: Oran Viriyincy/Flickr/Creative Commons Los Angeles Metro officials are awarding an $890-million rail car contract to the Japanese […]

The windmills of our minds

The windmills of our minds

Every aspect of our mental lives plays out in two versions: one conscious, the other unconscious. This hidden aspect, of which we are unaware, dictates our relationships, our decisions, our actions. Over the past twenty years, scientists have discovered new tools to probe our subliminal minds and uncover its secrets, leading to new understanding of […]

Has Wall Street changed? “Money, Power & Wall Street” airs tonight on Frontline

Has Wall Street changed? “Money, Power & Wall Street” airs tonight on Frontline

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on January 13, 2012 in New York City. Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images Forget whether or not the debt crisis is over—is a worse one coming? Sluggish job growth and poorer-than-expected corporate earnings still seem to be keeping market analysts on edge, with each tremor […]

Listen to this playlist and call me in the morning

Listen to this playlist and call me in the morning

Do you use your playlist to enhance a mood? Sony’s Walkman and Apple’s iPod are the two most famous gadgets that put a person’s record collection in their pocket, allowing us to walk around with our own personal life soundtrack. Author Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel “High Fidelity” and its movie adaptation elevated the practice of […]

Would you vote for a tax increase on cigarettes?

Would you vote for a tax increase on cigarettes?

Prices are advertised for cigarettes March 30, 2009 in New York City. Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images Californians will head to the ballot box in June to vote on Prop 29, which if passed, would boost taxes on a pack of cigarettes in California by $1 (it’s currently .87 cents – and $4.35 in New York). […]