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The Wind Doesn’t Need a Passport: Stories from the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

The Wind Doesn’t Need a Passport: Stories from the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands
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Journalist Tyche Hendricks trekked through deserts and jungles, helped pregnancy test cattle and bury hurricane victims, monitored polling stations and learned to cook pollo en mole as she gathered the stories of those who live along the U.S. – Mexico border. Through the eyes of ordinary Americans and Mexicans – cowboys, factory workers, physicians, Indians, […]

Where do good ideas come from?

Where do good ideas come from?

Where do good ideas come from?: How does innovation happen? In his new book Where Ideas Come From, Steven Johnson explores how world-changing ideas surface. Johnson argues that a series of shared properties and patterns show up consistently in certain very creative and fertile environments. By embracing these patterns and incorporating them into our work […]

Half a Life

Half a Life

Years ago, on a clear and sober day Darin Strauss hit and killed a young cyclist with his Oldsmobile. In his memoir, <i>Half a Life</i>, Strauss details how he decided to live his life more ambitiously than before at the request of the young girl’s mother and how he struggled to keep the accident secret […]

‘Catfish’ directors swear it’s a true story

‘Catfish’ directors swear it’s a true story

Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman run a commercial production company. The friends had a habit of following and filming just about everything, including Ariel’s brother Nev, a dance photographer. When Nev struck up an online friendship with a young artist, Henry and Ariel thought the footage might yield a documentary about artistic collaboration. When the […]

Clay Shirky on the free-time revolution

Clay Shirky on the free-time revolution

Internet guru Clay Shirky doesn’t care what’s on TV. Just how much time Americans waste watching it – about 200 billion hours collectively, every year. But there is a quiet revolution taking place. For the first time, young people are watching less television than their elders. They’re substituting computers, mobile phones and other internet-enabled devices, […]

AltCar Expo 2010

AltCar Expo 2010

This Friday the 5th annual Alternative Energy & Transportation Exposition, also known as the Alt-Car Expo, kicks into high (energy efficient) gear at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. The free event will cover all things alternative when it comes to transportation, including a panel that will try to answer the question – “what will it […]

The Jobs of the Future

The Jobs of the Future

With the jobless rate in the US near 10 percent, where are the good jobs of the future going to come from? Larry Mantle and a panel of experts will attack the thorniest challenge facing our economy today…unemployment. Is there any good news of the job creation front? Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Boxer-Fiorina debate – all said and done

Boxer-Fiorina debate – all said and done

The debate’s over – and now we’d like to hear your reaction to the candidates’ positions and performance. Call us, post your comments, tweet those opinions – we want to hear it all. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Mummies of the World Exhibition

Mummies of the World Exhibition

The “Mummies of the World” made its world premiere at the California Science Center and is the largest collection of mummies and related artifacts ever assembled. Along with the mummies, the exhibit also features scientific analysis including 3-D animation, X-Ray, DNA analysis and CT scans. As many as 100,000 people visited in the first 50 […]

Down-and-out in LA

Down-and-out in LA

The new 2009 Census numbers on poverty in Los Angeles County are out and they show the real world impact of the recession on residents’ lives. The federal numbers, released weeks ago, depicted a dire picture of an overall rise in the number of people living in poverty across the nation, and particularly here in […]