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Peter Bart’s tales of the movies and the mob at Paramount

Peter Bart’s tales of the movies and the mob at Paramount

In 1967, Peter Bart made a risky decision to leave his job as a reporter at the New York Times and go to work at Paramount with his friend, the legendary Robert Evans. As inexperienced as they were, the two of them set about to breath new life into the studio of Hitchcock, Wilder and [...]

Alphabetter Juice: or, The Joy of Text

Alphabetter Juice: or, The Joy of Text

Roy Blount Jr.—you’ve heard him on "Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!" but did you know he is a usage consultant to the American Heritage Dictionary? Blount’s love affair with words is clear from his previous book’s subtitle: The Energies, Gists, and Spirits of Letters, Words, and Combinations Thereof; Their Roots, Bones, Innards, Piths, Pips, and [...]

Caltech and Fuller in a virtuous partnership

Caltech and Fuller in a virtuous partnership

Can science explain why we “do good?” The Travis Research Institute at Fuller Theological Seminary and Caltech have been researching what happens in the brain that leads some people to act in a virtuous manner. The goal of this research is to explore the empirical and philosophical underpinnings of virtuous action. The research team used [...]

Joint Ventures: Inside America’s almost legal marijuana industry

Joint Ventures: Inside America’s almost legal marijuana industry

There are more marijuana dispensaries in California than public schools. In Denver, Colorado, there are more dispensaries than Starbucks and liquor stores combined. And yet the industry is still largely unknown to many of us. Trish Regan, who gained notoriety with her Emmy-nominated documentary Marijuana, Inc., goes behind the scenes in her new book to [...]

An insider’s look at Area 51

An insider’s look at Area 51

It’s nearly impossible to think about Area 51 without images of flying saucers and extraterrestrials being conjured in one’s head. The clandestine location has long been inextricably tied to conspiracy theories, government cover-ups and “proof” of life in outer space. This Sunday at 10pm ET/PT, the National Geographic Channel is premiering Area 51 Declassified, a [...]

The entitlement problem child Medicare: is it going broke & why won’t people sign up for PCIP?

The entitlement problem child Medicare: is it going broke & why won’t people sign up for PCIP?

It seemed like a well meaning element of the controversial Affordable Health Care Act: until the full reform plan kicks into gear in 2014, give a chance to people with preexisting medical conditions—people who have the most difficulties finding insurance—a chance to apply for low-cost coverage. But after nearly a year in practice, only 18,313 [...]

It’s not easy to be green, especially if you’re Wal-Mart

It’s not easy to be green, especially if you’re Wal-Mart

In his new book “Force of Nature,” Pulitzer Prize- winning journalist and author Ed Humes tells the story of the unlikely partnership between H. Lee Scott, the CEO of Wal-Mart and Jib Ellison, a sustainability consultant and how they’ve struggled to define what is means for the biggest of big box superstores to go green. [...]

Laughing at a sensitive subject: Crohn’s disease can be such a pain in the butt!

Laughing at a sensitive subject: Crohn’s disease can be such a pain in the butt!

There’s nothing funny or cool about Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory disease of the intestines that cause a wide range of unpleasant symptoms, from abdominal pain to diarrhea and vomiting. Having Crohn’s disease is not something that you’re necessarily eager to announce to the world—not unless your name is Ben Morrison, you suffer from Crohn’s disease, [...]

This is how Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band rolls

This is how Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band rolls

In these days of dwindling music sales, it’s hard to imagine how a band of any size can keep it together. Make that an 18-piece jazz ensemble and it’s nearly incomprehensible. Unless, that is, you’re talking about Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band. Goodwin is a GRAMMY-winning composer and arranger, known in Hollywood for his cinematic [...]

Does the release of big box office movies on-demand mark the end of the movie theater?

Does the release of big box office movies on-demand mark the end of the movie theater?

The good news is you may be able to watch big movie releases on-demand in your living room much sooner than in the past. The bad news is it's sparked a feud between movie studios, filmmakers and theater owners. Four major movie studios, Warner Brothers, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 20th Century Fox and Universal Studios have [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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