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Conversations with California’s congressmen and women – Rep. Xavier Becerra

Conversations with California’s congressmen and women – Rep. Xavier Becerra

Continuing our series of conversations with California’s lawmakers, we talk with Congressman Xavier Becerra, Democrat from Los Angeles. As members of Congress get ready to go back to DC after their recess ends in early September, they're preparing to deal with a number of issues — among them are the unprecedented rate of unemployment, the [...]

Danger – Email ahead!

Danger – Email ahead!

Ever hit SEND…and immediately regret it? The ease of e-communication has unleashed a Pandora’s inbox of potential sins, from careless cc’ing to office over-sharing to completely avoidable misunderstandings. These transgressions can cause more than embarrassment – they can result in career suicide or even bring down a corporation. Author Will Schwalbe joins guest host David [...]

Conversations with California’s congressmen and women – Rep. Adam Schiff

Conversations with California’s congressmen and women – Rep. Adam Schiff

As members of Congress get ready to go back to DC after their recess ends in early September, they're preparing to deal with a number of issues. Among them are the unprecedented rate of unemployment, the continuing economic downturn, and foreign relations issues. To top it all, mid-term elections are rapidly approaching, elections which could [...]

Searching for meaning in a throwaway world

Searching for meaning in a throwaway world

Nerds of today don’t simply toil away in front of computer screens. Many have harnessed the information push of the internet to learn how to do—and make—just about everything from bikes to musical instruments to traditional crafts. The commercial success of sites like Etsy is only one indicator of an increasing demand for things made [...]

The Kindergarten Congressman

The Kindergarten Congressman

Harold Ford, Jr.’s political journey began at age 4, when he appeared in a commercial for his father’s congressional campaign. Harold, Sr. went on to become the first African-American to represent Tennessee in Congress, an office he held for more than two decades, and his son followed in his footsteps to the House of Representatives. [...]

Obesity rates keep growing. Is “Instant Recess” the answer?

Obesity rates keep growing.  Is “Instant Recess” the answer?

Obesity rates continue to grow, and all eyes seem focused on the issue… from the First Lady, to members of Congress, to health officials and academics. The figures are staggering: 2.4 million people joined the ranks of the obese from 2007 to 2009. Currently more than a quarter (26.7%) of the US population is obese. [...]

Eli Broad will build a new art museum… Downtown!

Eli Broad will build a new art museum… Downtown!

The governmental agency that oversees building projects along Grand Avenue approved a plan today, that would allow developer Eli Broad to build an art museum in Downtown Los Angeles. The project, featuring a design by New York architectural film Diller Scofidio + Renfro, already had the approval of the Los Angeles City Council and County [...]

Justine Sharrock’s “Tortured: When Good Soldiers Do Bad Things”

Justine Sharrock’s “Tortured: When Good Soldiers Do Bad Things”

After the leaked photos of abused Abu Ghraib prisoners circulated throughout every media channel in 2004, a political scandal ensued with high-ranking officials denying the U.S. committed any sort of illegal torture in their interrogation tactics. Recent accusations include the army’s use of waterboarding on foreign prisoners. But while Karl Rove called waterboarding “appropriate” in [...]

Secret credit cards & covert purchases between spouses

Secret credit cards & covert purchases between spouses

It’s no surprise that secrets can sabotage a marriage. Ask anyone whose partner has cheated on them. But there’s another form of dishonesty that can be just as destructive: secret spending. According to a recent survey of 200 Americans, more than 80% of married couples lie to each other about their purchases. And nearly 20% [...]

The Terrible-20’s: The maturation of the generation left behind

The Terrible-20’s: The maturation of the generation left behind

You can call them “slackers” or “losers.” The media has coined more politically correct terms like “failure to launch” or “boomerang kids.” Whatever you choose to call them is irrelevant – they don’t care. They have a Facebook status to update. Raised as the generation with the most access to information, entertainment, and technology, many [...]