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Jack Larson on director James Bridges

Jack Larson on director James Bridges

James Bridges was a reclusive and respected film director best known for such seminal films as The Paper Chase, The China Syndrome and Urban Cowboy. Bridges rarely gave interviews over his lengthy career, but he did share a productive artistic relationship with his life partner of 35 years, Jack Larson. Larson is a revered writer [...]

Are you gluten intolerant? Probably not.

Are you gluten intolerant? Probably not.

Walk down any aisle at a health food store like Whole Foods and you’ll see “gluten free” written in big letters on a wide range of products from spaghetti to cookies. The gluten free diet seems to have exploded, but only a relatively small percentage of the U.S. population (about 1 percent) actually has a [...]

Comic book writer Grant Morrison on ‘Supergods,’ his history & philosophy of superheroes

Comic book writer Grant Morrison on ‘Supergods,’ his history & philosophy of superheroes

In 'Supergods,' comic book writer Grant Morrison talks philosophy, his own personal story and traces the history of comics. He likens the life of comics to life in general. Morrison argues that, in the modern era, comics have finally grown up. He spoke with KPCC's "AirTalk." Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

“Hobbits…foolish…deceiving…radical Republicans who don’t represent mainstream America”: nevermind the names, Tea Party is in control

“Hobbits…foolish…deceiving…radical Republicans who don’t represent mainstream America”:  nevermind the names, Tea Party is in control

It’s been blasted by the likes of Sen. Harry Reid, the majority leader of the U.S. Senate, to Sen. John McCain, the Republican nominee for president in 2008. They’ve been called “hobbits,” “foolish,” “deceiving, even bizarre” and un-American. Call them all of the names that you want but the reality is clear—the Tea Party is [...]

Are you one of those “creative types?”

Are you one of those “creative types?”

No matter what the medium, artists of all kinds rely on their innate creativity to produce their content and set themselves apart from the pack. But even the most tenured professionals have moments in which they are unable to successfully draw from their personal creative wells. Whether it’s a musician who can’t find the right [...]

Computer-brain: biology inspires binary

Computer-brain: biology inspires binary

The most powerful computer on the planet would need 8 ½ minutes to simulate less than ten seconds of normal human brain activity. That same computer will consume 1.4 million watts of energy, while the brain will consume about ten. These are the numbers researchers at Stanford were facing when they decided to design a [...]

Is the U.S. too politically correct for its own good?

Is the U.S. too politically correct for its own good?

Juan Williams was fired from NPR for saying during an interview that he felt anxious when he saw people in Muslim dress getting on his airplane. The firing became a public relations nightmare for NPR, but it gave Williams a platform to talk about how he thinks partisan ideology and political correctness stifle an honest [...]

The NAACP mobilizes its members for jobs, educational opportunities, parity in health care

The NAACP mobilizes its members for jobs, educational opportunities, parity in health care

African Americans do not speak with one voice, but they do have an organization that for over 100 years has worked to have the many voices of blacks heard. This week that group, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, is meeting in Los Angeles, highlighting the challenges and promise facing its members. [...]

Make way for the Groomzilla!

Make way for the Groomzilla!

When weddings were always paid for by the bride’s parents, planning for that event was the sole responsibility of the bribe (and her mother!). But as gender roles shift and more couples are paying for weddings themselves, men have become more involved in wedding planning and that’s where Sophisticated Groom comes in. The quarterly magazine [...]

Too posh to push: are increased C-sections and induced labors a problem or a right?

Too posh to push: are increased C-sections and induced labors a problem or a right?

Changes are developing in the world of obstetrics and gynaecology (OBGYN)—and it’s not just within pregnant bellies. More and more pregnant women are looking for more convenience and less pain in their deliveries. Instead of having their baby when their baby is ready to come out, women are having their babies when they want the [...]