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This summer, Mel Gibson is…unforgivable?

This summer, Mel Gibson is…unforgivable?

Before there was Charlie Sheen, there was Mel Gibson. In 2006, Gibson got a DUI and while being arrested he accosted the arresting Jewish officer with anti-Semitic remarks. In 2010, audio recordings revealed Gibson verbally abusing his wife, complete with sexist and racist remarks. He also has a history of homophobic statements going back to [...]

Nerve: nothing to fear but having nothing to fear

Nerve: nothing to fear but having nothing to fear

Nerves—they’re why we can’t stand public speaking, can’t sleep before the SAT’s, and can’t seem to speak English around a romantic crush. What’s going on in our brain that makes us sweat, stutter, and jitter in these situations? Taylor Clark asks this question in his new book <i>Nerve: Poise Under Pressure, Serenity Under Stress, and [...]

Life in the zero gravity realm

Life in the zero gravity realm

Today is the 50th anniversary of Americans in space but as the Shuttle program winds down, no one knows when humans will be making future forays into the void. Space is a deadly place lacking in the things we need most to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. So how [...]

Has Bjorn Lomborg—the poster child of environmental skeptics—changed his climate?

Has Bjorn Lomborg—the poster child of environmental skeptics—changed his climate?

Bjorn Lomborg, Danish environmental academic, infuriated scientists around the world when he published <i>The Skeptical Environmentalist</i> in 2001. The book claimed that overpopulation, destruction of resources, and global warming are not imminent problems. It would be a waste of time, Lomborg wrote, and even detrimental, if countries focused on environmental problems like global warming instead [...]

How we reached the Information Age

How we reached the Information Age

As smartphone-carrying members of the Information Age, we often take for granted the fact that data has not always been so easily categorized for easy access and retrieval. Actually, there was a time when information as we know it didn’t even exist. Any thought or idea, no matter how small or significant, evaporated as soon [...]

John Waters brings one-man show to KPCC

John Waters brings one-man show to KPCC

John Waters, the outlandish American filmmaker with an affinity for the weird, the extreme, and the shocking, has had a cult following since the early 1970s for his films <i>Pink Flamingos</i> and <i>Desperate Living</i>, among others. Waters’ release of the 1988 film <i>Hairspray</i>, starring Ricki Lake, brought him mainstream acclaim, after which the film was [...]

Is there still a place for objective journalism – or is it an anachronism?

Is there still a place for objective journalism – or is it an anachronism?

From Glenn Beck to Keith Olbermann, from Rachel Maddow to Fox News there has been intense focus and debate on the spin of broadcast journalism. Some argue that journalists should admit their biases and not pretend to be impartial. Others insist that they should aspire to the traditional standard, as outlined by The New York [...]

Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens picks natural gas. What happened to wind, solar and oil?

Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens picks natural gas. What happened to wind, solar and oil?

Three years ago, oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens was the darling of the green movement–an oil-baron-turned-environmentalist, who, as then Sierra Club Director Carl Pope put it, was "out to save America." At the time, Pickens was touting an ambitious plan to wean the U.S. off foreign oil by building a $1 trillion network of wind [...]

From the CIA to the victims of 9/11, reflections on the death of Osama bin Laden

From the CIA to the victims of 9/11, reflections on the death of Osama bin Laden

It's been a national obsession for almost ten years, a symbol of closure (of sorts) for the most destructive and deadly foreign attack on American soil in the history of the country. Osama bin Laden is now dead but the questions of how we got him, what we can learn from him and what this [...]

Osama bin Laden killed by American forces

Osama bin Laden killed by American forces

U.S. President Barack Obama last night stood in the East Room of the White House and told a breathless nation that CIA operatives had killed Osama bin Laden after a firefight in Pakistan on Sunday. According to reports, the world’s most wanted terrorist was hiding in plain sight in a large mansion in an affluent [...]

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