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Charles Dillingham leaving CTG

Charles Dillingham leaving CTG

Charles Dillingham has been managing the finances and overseeing the marketing and administration of the Center Theater Group for nearly 20 years but this month he is stepping down. During his tenure as CTG’s managing director, he has presided over the renovations of the Ahmanson Theater and the Mark Taper Forum and the building and [...]

IRS sees skyrocketing cases of identity theft

IRS sees skyrocketing cases of identity theft

According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), in 2008 the IRS found 52,000 cases of identity theft. Last year that number jumped to 245,000. And the scary news is most experts expect that number to be much higher due to the delay associated with reporting these crimes. The cases typically involve individuals either using false [...]

In defense of flogging

In defense of flogging

Given the choice between five years in prison and 10 lashes, which would you chose? Peter Moskos, a criminologist and former Baltimore police officer, claims that flogging (a form of corporal punishment, lashes with a whip to a person’s back) can be the more humane form of punishment. And it’s cheaper than housing white-collar criminals [...]

Somebody call Peter Singer! The development and ethics of meat in a tube

Somebody call Peter Singer! The development and ethics of meat in a tube

Before the discovery of mice stem cells in 1981, the idea of meat that could be grown in a laboratory seemed outlandish to the greater scientific community, and to others, downright crazy. But in recent years, researchers have made major breakthroughs, managing to grow bovine muscle tissue from just a couple of cells in a [...]

FilmWeek: Super 8, Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, Bride Flight, The Trip, Viva Riva, Just Like Us and more

FilmWeek: Super 8, Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, Bride Flight, The Trip, Viva Riva, Just Like Us and more

KPCC film critics Andy Klein and Tim Cogshell join Larry to review the week’s new film releases including Super 8, Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, Bride Flight, The Trip, Viva Riva, Just Like Us and more. TGI-FilmWeek! Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Film in the Big Apple

Film in the Big Apple

Founded in 2002 in response to the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) aims to celebrate New York City as a major filmmaking center and to contribute to the long-term recovery of lower Manhattan. Patt surveys the New York film scene and this season’s hits with a renowned [...]

Prison reform – it’s not just for liberals

Prison reform – it’s not just for liberals

Pat Nolan knows something about prison – and its problems. A former California legislator who served 29 months in federal custody for racketeering, he experienced first-hand a system desperately in need of reform. Motivated by his stint behind bars, Nolan became an expert on a variety of prison reform issues including rehabilitation, 3-strikes reform, sentencing, [...]

From the UN: Is a viable international deal on climate change & carbon emissions possible?

From the UN: Is a viable international deal on climate change & carbon emissions possible?

In recent years the devastating effects of global warming have become increasingly apparent: from the tsunami in Japan, to scorching droughts in Africa. The Kyoto Protocol, once referred to as an outdated failure, but now new calls for environmental reform are being made. The World Bank has recently agreed to fund the climate-change projects of [...]

Abortion billboard a question of free speech, privacy or abuse?

Abortion billboard a question of free speech, privacy or abuse?

In the middle of the quiet desert community of Alamogordo, New Mexico stands a blaring billboard. It shows a picture of the billboard creator Greg Fultz holding the outline of a newborn baby. The accompanying text reads: "This would have been a picture of my 2-month old baby if the mother had decided not to [...]

Who gets the final say on increasing health insurance premiums?

Who gets the final say on increasing health insurance premiums?

Controversy is raging in Sacramento over AB 52, a new bill that would give state officials the right of prior-approval over premium hikes for health insurance. The bill’s regulatory proposal is not new—prior approval of heath rates is law in 34 states as well as Washington, D.C.—and the process has been used in auto and [...]