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Just My Type: A Book about Fonts

Just My Type: A Book about Fonts

What font does KPCC use on its website? And why does it use that font? Simon Garfield, author of <i>Just My Type: A Book about Fonts</i>, probably knows the answer. Fonts may seem trivial but the role they play in our lives is large: from billboards to album covers to greeting cards, each font is [...]

Scientology, America’s most secretive religion

Scientology, America’s most secretive religion

Despite its significant following and its high-profile adherents like Tom Cruise and John Travolta, the ins and outs of Scientology remain for the most part a well-kept secret. Rolling Stone journalist Janet Reitman spent five years researching the organization to uncover what lies behind its fortress of mystery. In her new book “Inside Scientology” she [...]

Do you prefer natural or fake: a bitter battle over sugar

Do you prefer natural or fake: a bitter battle over sugar

The beginnings of a high stakes battle of the sweeteners entered a Los Angeles court this week, as a cadre of sugar farmers and the C&H Sugar Company mounted a legal offense against makers of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

The soundtrack for social change

The soundtrack for social change

During the 1963 March on Washington, folk, blues and gospel singer Odetta unleashed her melodic and powerful voice for the cause of civil rights. She is just one of the many artists who have used music as a force for social change. Billie Holiday’s 1939 recording “Strange Fruit” was a groundbreaking statement against the horrors [...]

Contagion: science goes to the movies

Contagion: science goes to the movies

What does a seizure look like? How can you self- vaccinate in an outbreak? Which is the correct way to pipette liquid nitrogen? Those are just some of the questions scientists were called in to consult on during the making of last weekend’s box office winner “Contagion.” Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Racial politics in a post-racial presidency

Racial politics in a post-racial presidency

Even given the progress which has been made in American race relations, there is still a tangible quality which affects not only society as a whole, but microcosmic interactions between members of different ethnic groups as well. For the first time in this country’s history, the man serving as President has acutely experienced racism both [...]

Vet sticker shock: how much is too much to pay for your four-legged friend?

Vet sticker shock: how much is too much to pay for your four-legged friend?

Have you ever taken your pet to the vet for what you expect will be a simple procedure only to be hit with an astronomical bill on your way out? Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Rolling the dice on America

Rolling the dice on America

From colonial horse racing to dog fighting, football pools and online poker, America has always been a nation of gamblers. But as states have come to rely more and more on gaming as a revenue source, we’ve seen a corresponding increase in casinos, slot machines and video poker – accompanied by a nationwide rise in [...]

El Sicario: The Autobiography of a Mexican Assassin

El Sicario: The Autobiography of a Mexican Assassin

With powerful drug cartels, a corrupt administrative structure, and 15, 273 murders officially reported in 2010, it is safe to say that Mexico is a dangerous place, but the chilling truth about the complicity between the country’s government and its narco-traffickers has only been rumored….until now. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Ask the Chief: LAPD’s top cop, Charlie Beck on security, crime and keeping Angelenos safe

Ask the Chief: LAPD’s top cop, Charlie Beck on security, crime and keeping Angelenos safe

The 10th anniversary of 9/11 was a sad reminder of the American lives lost that fateful day, but also of the subsequent transformation in our nation’s security procedure. How did the terrorist attacks change the way the LAPD does business? Police Chief Charlie Beck is here to tell us how, and to inform us about [...]

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