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Is it time to hang up the valedictorian cap?

Is it time to hang up the valedictorian cap?

Graduating seniors of Joplin High School. Credit: Pool/Getty Images At Eagle Rock High School, this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian were separated by a mere five hundredths of a point in their grade point averages. While obtaining the rank of salutatorian is still an impressive feat, don’t tell that to the parents of Elisha Marquez. Marquez, […]

Are summer jobs evaporating?

Are summer jobs evaporating?

In this photo taken Thursday, June 7, 2012, Colleen Knaggs, 18, talks about her fruitless efforts to find a summer job, from her home in Flagstaff, Ariz. Instead, Knaggs will be babysitting her younger brother, Matthew Knaggs, 10, right. Once a rite of passage to adulthood, summer jobs for teens are disappearing. Fewer than 3 […]

See the USA, stadium by stadium

See the USA, stadium by stadium

LA’s own Dodgers Stadium. Credit: Grant Slater/KPCC Summer is baseball season – and road trip season. Just in time for Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game in Kansas City, we’ll take a state-by-state tour of the country’s best and worst major league stadiums with a couple of fans who’ve visited them all. From L.A. to Boston, every […]

The ethnoarchaeology of the American home

The ethnoarchaeology of the American home

What do your refrigerator magnets say about you? What does the number of magnets on your refrigerator say about the clutter in your home? What’s the most common, the most costly, yet the least utilized home renovation? How many American garages actually house a car? What we buy, where we store it and how much […]

Sapphire enters taboo territory with ‘The Kid,’ the sequel to the book that inspired ‘Precious’ film

Sapphire enters taboo territory with ‘The Kid,’ the sequel to the book that inspired ‘Precious’ film

“The Kid” by Sapphire Credit: Penguin Press HC, The How do rape victims cope with their violations? Author and performance poet Sapphire, who garnered critical acclaim for her novel “Push,” explores this topic in her new book “The Kid.” “Push,” was the inspiration for the 2009 film, “Precious” based on the character of the same […]

Why the dystopian genre of young adult books is so popular

Why the dystopian genre of young adult books is so popular

If you have a teenager, you probably remember the fervor for the movie version of The Hunger Games. Kids camped out for days at movie theaters across the country so that they could be first in line to see it. But what you may not know is that the same amount of enthusiasm is shared […]

Too big to fail — but just in case…

Too big to fail — but just in case…

President and CEO of J.P. Morgan Chase Co. Jamie Dimon testifies before a Senate Banking Committee hearing Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images After the big bank bailout of 2008, nothing that drastic was ever supposed to happen again. But just last month, J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon bet the farm and lost it in a […]

‘Me the People’

‘Me the People’

“Me the People: One Man’s Selfless Quest to Rewrite the Constitution of the United States of America” by Kevin Bleyer Credit: Random House If you view the Constitution of the United States as one of our country’s most sacred documents, you probably shouldn’t read Kevin Bleyer’s latest book. In it, the writer for “The Daily […]

Too big to fail – but just in case…

Too big to fail – but just in case…

President and CEO of J.P. Morgan Chase Co. Jamie Dimon testifies before a Senate Banking Committee hearing Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images After the big bank bailout of 2008, nothing that drastic was ever supposed to happen again. But just last month, J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon bet the farm and lost it in a […]

Is it time to change the national anthem?

Is it time to change the national anthem?

Singer Kelly Clarkson performs the national anthem before the start of Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images Oh say can you sing… the national anthem? It’s a tune you can’t carry in ten bushel baskets. Time to change it? Sing out… Read the […]