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The influence of Arthur Penn

The influence of Arthur Penn

Director Arthur Penn is perhaps best known for Bonnie and Clyde and Alice’s Restaurant – a pair films that deftly tapped into the zeitgeist of late 60s counterculture. But Penn’s career spanned Broadway, Hollywood and the Golden Age of television – influencing pop culture in ways still felt today. After becoming interested in cinema while [...]

A new way of looking at heaven and hell

A new way of looking at heaven and hell

Certain groups of Christians aren’t always so tolerant and depending on who you are, the “Good News” doesn’t always seem so good. Rob Bell is shaking things up in the world of theology with his latest book <i>Love Wins</i>. Within it he looks toward the issues of heaven, hell, God and salvation through love-tinted goggles. [...]

Arrival cities & the impact of migration

Arrival cities & the impact of migration

Most Americans have ancestors who at some point journeyed from village to city. Today, a third of our world is on the move. Tales of immigration often focus on the departure and the journey. But what if we look at immigration from the arrival standpoint? In his new book, Arrival City: How the Largest Migration [...]

Insect-opedia

Insect-opedia

I’m 8-inches long; I have six legs and compound eyes. What am I? Find out in Hugh Raffles’ new book, <i>Insect-opedia</i>. Packed to the brim with knowledge ranging from the practical—when is it okay to swat?—to fun trivia—why does the fainting beetle faint?—to information regarding the importance of insects to the biodiversity of their habitat, [...]

The fine line between fame and madness

The fine line between fame and madness

Rolling Stone journalist Neil Strauss has been called the Mike Tyson of interviewers. He does indeed have a way of wrestling with his subjects darkest sides. He made Lady Gaga cry, goes to the Church of Scientology with Tom Cruise, and gets kidnapped by Courtney Love. He has gathered highlights from some 3,000 interviews he’s [...]

Los Angeles: the Wild West no more?

Los Angeles: the Wild West no more?

The second amendment guarantees the right to bear arms, but in the City of Los Angeles there may be new regulations on where and how one carries a weapon. The city council met today to discuss legislation that would ban the carrying of an unloaded, exposed, handgun in any public place or street within the [...]

Aerotropolis: A new economic paradigm for the future?

Aerotropolis: A new economic paradigm for the future?

Airports used to be basic transportation hubs with little or no commerce located on the outskirts of large cities. These days the most modern and competitive airport is known as an “aerotropolis,” a state-of-the-art airport surrounded by high-end shopping, fine dining, customized transit links and corporate suburbs that connect people to the global marketplace. In [...]

Gay history: to teach or not to teach? And does it make a difference?

Gay history: to teach or not to teach? And does it make a difference?

Should California’s next textbooks be re-written to reflect the contributions and role of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans to society? That’s the aim of a new bill (SB 48) Senator Mark Leno is proposing in an attempt to combat harassment of gays by their classmates. Proponents of the bill, including some religious leaders and [...]

Not your Founding Fathers Electoral College: could a popular presidential vote be coming?

Not your Founding Fathers Electoral College: could a popular presidential vote be coming?

It seems that nobody likes the Electoral College—Al Gore certainly didn’t like it in 2000, when he beat George W. Bush by roughly 500,000 popular votes but lost to him in the Electoral College vote. Aaron Burr didn’t much care for the Electoral College in 1800 and a little later, in 1888 to be exact, [...]

Can peer pressure solve as many problems as it creates?

Can peer pressure solve as many problems as it creates?

We often think of peer pressure as a motivator of bad behavior, but what about harnessing it for positive ends? In the new book "Join The Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform The World," Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tina Rosenberg examines the power of peer groups to shape personal and social action in areas as diverse [...]