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Should "The Biggest Loser" put struggling kids on national TV?

Should "The Biggest Loser" put struggling kids on national TV?

Should overweight children be allowed to compete in “The Biggest Loser”? Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Doctors are raising concerns about featuring children on “The Biggest Loser” reality show. It’s the first time the popular weight-loss competition has included overweight teenagers. The producers say it will raise awareness of the epidemic of childhood obesity. Lindsay Bravo, […]

To Rome with microphone – why are so many local TV news anchors covering the conclave?

To Rome with microphone – why are so many local TV news anchors covering the conclave?

Cardinals gathered in Vatican City on Monday, a day before the papal selection process known as the conclave begins. Credit: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images Not that anybody needs a good excuse to go to Rome, but this week is an especially crowded one in Vatican City as journalists flock to St. Peter’s Square to pontificate […]

Letters to Newtown and the psychology of grieving online

Letters to Newtown and the psychology of grieving online

Photos from “Letters to Newtown” on Tumblr. In the months since the tragic massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, Newtown, CT has been inundated with mail. Gifts and letters from around the world flooded in, filling warehouses. Memorials cropped up all over town, in front of churches and on people’s lawns, and though many of the […]

Los Angeles Harbor Commission approve SCIG rail yard project

Los Angeles Harbor Commission approve SCIG rail yard project

A cargo ship stands on Long Beach harbour, California. If the SCIG rail yard project is approved, cargo will be transferred onto freight trains closer to the port. Credit: JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images The Los Angeles Harbor Commission yesterday approved the Southern California International Gateway (SCIG), a $500 million rail yard project. This project still needs […]

FilmWeek: Oz the Great and Powerful, War Witch, Dead Man Down, and more

FilmWeek: Oz the Great and Powerful, War Witch, Dead Man Down, and more

The “Journey To OZ Balloon” arriving in Central Park for Disney’s “Oz The Great And Powerful” on March 5, 2013 in New York City. Credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Walt Disney Stu Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Andy Klein, Henry Sheehan, and Charles Soloman to review the week’s new film releases including Oz […]

Guns across America

Guns across America

Author Dan Baum joins Larry to talk about his new book, “Gun Guys: A Road Trip,” where Baum journeys through America to find out what people really think about guns. Credit: Gun Guys: A Road Trip cover Author Dan Baum is a self-professed Democrat and gun lover. While that combo seems like oil and water […]

TED2013 Talk: Why your twenties matter

TED2013 Talk: Why your twenties matter

Dr. Meg Jay, psychologist that works primarily with clients in their 20s, spoke at TED 2013 about 30 not being the new 20 and how to make the most out of being 20-something. Credit: Jen Fariello During TED 2013, clinical psychologist Dr. Meg Jay determined to inspire young adults to realize one thing—make your twenties […]

Is Governor Brown’s proposed use of Prop 30 tax dollars to fund public education really “just”?

Is Governor Brown’s proposed use of Prop 30 tax dollars to fund public education really “just”?

Governor Jerry Brown wants to use funds from Prop 30 mostly for inner-city schools. Some taxpayers are upset because they did not know of Brown’s redistribution plan when they voted for Prop 30. Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Governor Jerry Brown recently put out a new proposal on how to fund schools should across the state. […]

Baby “cured” of HIV

Baby “cured” of HIV

HIV particles, yellow, infect an immune cell, blue. Credit: /NIAID_Flickr An infant born in rural Mississipi has been “functionally cured” of H.I.V. after aggressive antiretroviral treatment only 30 hours after birth. The success of the treatment is considered to be a  major breakthrough for HIV/AIDS treatment because it is the first to cure an individual […]

How will a new Pope impact the future of the Catholic church?

How will a new Pope impact the future of the Catholic church?

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki addresses a mass service to mark the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI at the St. Hedwig’s Cathedral in Berlin on February 28, 2013. Credit: ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images With Pope Benedict XVI now officially retired, the Catholic church is without a full-fledged world leader. How will this impact the status quo? This […]