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Is the whopping $13-billion JPMorgan settlement fair?

Is the whopping $13-billion JPMorgan settlement fair?

Critics of the deal say the government hasn’t gone far enough to hold individual bankers accountable for the financial meltdown.; Credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images JPMorgan Chase & Co., the largest bank in the U.S., has tentatively agreed to pay $13 billion to settle Department of Justice allegations that it had sold bad home mortgages to […]

China credit agency downgrades US debt

China credit agency downgrades US debt

What kind of impact does the Chinese downgrade of US debt have in the US and internationally? ; Credit: Sandra Mu/Getty Images In the run-up to the debt ceiling deadline, stateside credit rating agency Fitch threatened downgrade US sovereign debt rating. Congress acted on time and that was that. But last week, we found out […]

Filmweek: 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate, Carrie and more

Filmweek: 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate, Carrie and more

Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor arrives at the premiere of Fox Searchlights’ “12 Years A Slave” at the Directors Guild on October 14, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. ; Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Larry is joined by KPCC critics Henry Sheehan and Lael Loewenstein to review this week’s releases, including 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate, […]

‘God Loves Uganda’ goes inside the evangelical campaign in Africa

‘God Loves Uganda’ goes inside the evangelical campaign in Africa

God loves Uganda The documentary, God Loves Uganda, explores the American evangelical movement in Uganda that is focused on fundamental biblical teaching. Many of the evangelicals have been instrumental in providing schools, and hospitals in needed areas of the country. At the same time the movement has been noted to promote religious bigotry especially against […]

The off-screen persona of Johnny Carson

The off-screen persona of Johnny Carson

“Johnny Carson” By Henry Bushkin Johnny Carson was the late night king from 1962 until 1992 with his popular show, “The Tonight Show.” At his peak, he was one of America’s highest paid entertainers. But what was he really like behind closed doors? His long time lawyer and close confidant, Henry Bushkin was there for […]

Survey says Americans are less polarized than we think

Survey says Americans are less polarized than we think

A new NBC/Esquire poll found that Americans aren’t as politically polarized as it seems; most fall in the center. Where do you stand?; Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images It’s day 15 of the federal shutdown in D.C. and lawmakers are still duking it out over various proposals to fund and reopen the government by Thursday’s deadline. […]

Broadcasters take their fight against renegade Aereo to the Supreme Court

Broadcasters take their fight against renegade Aereo to the Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.; Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images Broadcasters on Friday petitioned the US Supreme Court to hear their suit against Aereo. Aereo is an online service that allows paying members to watch live over-the-air programming. The Second Circuit court decided in favor of Aereo and now broadcasters are taking their fight to […]

Flight of the Butterflies unlocks mystery of the monarchs

Flight of the Butterflies unlocks mystery of the monarchs

A Monarch butterfly is in a flower in Los Angeles, California. The Monarch is famous for its southward migration and northward return in summer in the Americas which spans the life of three to four generations of the butterfly. ; Credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images Monarch butterflies may be a common sight much of the year […]

Filmweek: Captain Phillips, CBGB, Muscle Shoals and more

Filmweek: Captain Phillips, CBGB, Muscle Shoals and more

Actors Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi arrive at the premiere of Columbia Pictures’ “Captain Phillips” at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on September 30, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. ; Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Larry is joined by KPCC critics Tim Cogshell, Wade Major and Charles Solomon to review this week’s releases, […]

Malcolm Gladwell cheers on the underdog in ‘David and Goliath’

Malcolm Gladwell cheers on the underdog in ‘David and Goliath’

Journalist Malcolm Gladwell attends Tropfest New York 2013, the world’s largest short film festival, at Prospect Park on June 22 in Brooklyn. ; Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tropfest Malcolm Gladwell cheers on the underdog in this new book, “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.” Many are familiar with the […]