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Annette Funicello, from Mouseketeer to pop culture icon

Annette Funicello, from Mouseketeer to pop culture icon

In this Jan. 3, 1978 file photo, actress Annette Funicello recalls moments when she played a “Mouseketeer” on ABC’s first successful daytime television show,”The Mickey Mouse Club” in Los Angeles, while she was taping an ABC Silver Anniversary Celebration special.; Credit: Lennox McLendon/AP Original Disney Mouseketeer Annette Funicello died today at the age of 70 […]

The fates of famous corpses

The fates of famous corpses

“Rest in Pieces,” by Bess Lovejoy Hugo Chávez’s death reverberated around the world, and so did the news that Venezuelan officials wanted to embalm the body for permanent display. It ended up not happening, but bodies of other famous people have gone through some odd adventures. This topic inspired Bess Lovejoy to do some research. […]

What the Affordable Care Act means for seniors

What the Affordable Care Act means for seniors

What will happen under California’s new pilot program for “dual eligibles,” senior citizens that are under Medicare and Medical? Credit: David McNew/Getty Images Call it Obamacare, call it health care reform, call it whatever you want. The overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act just had its […]

Angels start 2013 with a bang, but baseball seasons are long hauls

Angels start 2013 with a bang, but baseball seasons are long hauls

Jered Weaver #36 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim throws a pitch during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on April 1, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images The Los Angeles Angels started their season on the road in Cincinnati on Monday, where they went 13 innings […]

How the Information Age is changing everything

How the Information Age is changing everything

Kenneth Cukier and Viktor Mayer-Schonberger authored “Big Data: A revolution that will transform how we live, work, and think.” Credit: Big Data bookcover It’s a wonderful time to ask questions. The immense amount of information available through the internet has transformed data and data analysis. In their book “Big Data,” Viktor Mayer-Schömberger and Kenneth Cukier […]

The troubled genius that was Dennis Hopper

The troubled genius that was Dennis Hopper

US actor and director Dennis Hopper poses in front of one of his art-works in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, 15 February 2001. The exhibition “Dennis Hopper (a keen eye) artist, photographer, filmmaker” will officially open here to public 17 February 2001. Credit: COR MULDER/AFP/Getty Images Who was Dennis Hopper? The better question may be […]

FilmWeek: A Place Beyond The Pines, The Host, Blancanieves, and more

FilmWeek: A Place Beyond The Pines, The Host, Blancanieves, and more

(L-R) producers Alex Orlovsky and Lynette Howel, actors Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Ryan Gosling, Writer/Director Derek Cianfrance and producer Jamie Patricof attend “The Place Beyond The Pines” premiere during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Credit: Sonia Recchia/Getty Images Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Wade Major and Henry Sheehan to review this week’s […]

‘Salt Sugar Fat': the secrets of Big Food

‘Salt Sugar Fat': the secrets of Big Food

In “Salt Sugar Fat,” Michael Moss gives a behind the scenes look at the food industry. Credit: Salt Sugar Fat book cover In his new book, Michael Moss, of Pulitzer Prize-winning “pink slime” fame, chronicles the many ways big food is harmful to America. Moss’ reporting on the pink slime used in much of the […]

FilmWeek: The Call, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Spring Breakers, and more

FilmWeek: The Call, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Spring Breakers, and more

Actors David Otunga, Michael Eklund, Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, director Brad Anderson and actor Morris Chestnut arrive at the premiere of Tri Star Pictures’ “The Call” at the Arclight Theatre on March 5, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell, Claudia Puig, and Charles […]

White smoke billows up from the Sistine Chapel. Who is the new pope?

White smoke billows up from the Sistine Chapel. Who is the new pope?

Newly elected Pope Francis I appears on the central balcony of St Peter’s Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the 266th Pontiff and will lead the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics. Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images White smoke billows up from chimney of the Sistine Chapel, […]