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Silence is golden, and other rules of etiquette for moviegoers

Silence is golden, and other rules of etiquette for moviegoers

When it comes to rude movie audiences, less is more. You’ve bought your sixteen-dollar tickets, dropped twenty bucks on popcorn and soda at the concession stand and got to the theater early enough to get good seats. Then, after the trailers have started, a rowdy group of people show up and sit right next to […]

Rodney King speaks, 20 years after the riots

Rodney King speaks, 20 years after the riots

Rodney King talks with Patt Morrison about his new book “The Riot Within” and his relationship to the ’92 riots. Credit: KPCC The man whose videotaped beating by police sparked the ’92 Riots talks about his 20 years since. Rodney King has struggled addiction, and has had several run-ins with the law, but keeps a […]

Could you pass a financial literacy quiz?

Could you pass a financial literacy quiz?

It turns out that 20-somethings might be one of the slowest developing generations ever. Credit: Jonathan Serviss/KPCC Sara works full-time at the Big Save store and earns $2500 a month. Who pays the contributions to Social Security on the $2500 a month that Sara earns? The answer is both Sara and her employer, but if […]

Supreme Court open to Arizona’s controversial immigration law?

Supreme Court open to Arizona’s controversial immigration law?

The Tucson sector of the U.S.- Mexico border is considered the most heavily trafficked by illegal immigrants and drug smugglers in the United States. Credit: John Moore/Getty Images Justices at the Court picked apart the Obama administration’s arguments against Arizona’s controversial immigration law today. As SCOTUSblog.com reports, Conservative Justice Antonin Scalia was “pushing the radical […]

Talking to (and teaching) children about the Los Angeles riots

Talking to (and teaching) children about the Los Angeles riots

One of a series of photographs taken by photographer Gary Leonard and his fourteen-year-old son, David Leonard, during the Los Angeles Riots, 1992. Credit: Gary and David Leonard A sizable number of Angelenos weren’t even born when the riots occurred 20 years ago. For them it’s old news – scratch that, it’s history. Given that […]

Is this the end of the death penalty in California?

Is this the end of the death penalty in California?

Activists participate during a vigil against death penalty in front of the U.S. Supreme Court July 1, 2008 in Washington, DC. The Abolition Action Committee and the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty held the Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty to mark the 1972 and 1976 Supreme Court rulings that suspended the death […]

Considering the Korean American experience in the LA riots

Considering the Korean American experience in the LA riots

A man paints over graffiti on top of a business on November 1, 2006 in the Koreatown section of Los Angeles, California. Credit: David McNew/Getty Images “Sa-I-Gu” is what the Korean-American community in Los Angeles calls the event that most of us know as “The L.A. Riots.” The Korean term literally translates to “4-2-9,” which […]

Robots stole my job! Essay grading edition

Robots stole my job! Essay grading edition

Could a computer grade a written essay fairly? Credit: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images A new automated reader developed by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) can grade an impressive 16,000 student essays in 20 seconds. And, according to experts like Mark Shermis, dean of the College of Education at the University of Akron, the robot reader […]

Big Man on Campus

Big Man on Campus

Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy speaks during a press conference at South Region High School #2 in Los Angeles, California February 6, 2012. Credit: Krista Kennell/AFP/Getty Images Superintendent John Deasy’s sits down with Patt to discuss LAUSD is considering lower the standards of high school graduation. Students may soon be able to pass college […]

The Vatican orders reforms for progressive nuns

The Vatican orders reforms for progressive nuns

Pope Benedict XVI is welcomed by bishops at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at Vatican on April 18, 2102. Credit: VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images The Catholic Church has come a long way since Vatican II opened the door to reform and loosened age-old restrictions for the modern congregation. And many […]