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“Restrepo”: a war movie through the eyes of a soldier

“Restrepo”: a war movie through the eyes of a soldier

War is not the perfectly-edited adrenaline rush of a two-hour movie. It’s also not the three-minute summaries on the nightly news. War is a feeling and a life that only those involved can understand. That’s what filmmakers Sebastian Junger (author of <i>WAR</i> and <i>The Perfect Storm</i>) and Tim Hetherington (<i>Long Story Bit by Bit: Liberia [...]

Iran, Turkey and America’s Future in the Middle East

Iran, Turkey and America’s Future in the Middle East

Will the United States ever realize its dream of a peaceful, democratic Middle East? Not without a paradigm shift in U.S. foreign policy in the region, according to Middle East expert Stephen Kinzer. Kinzer sees America’s diplomatic focus on Saudi Arabia and Israel as outdated and ineffective. Instead, he proposes a “power triangle” between the [...]

We miss you George – remembering America’s last great philosopher

We miss you George – remembering America’s last great philosopher

In the last 60 years, much like every other industry in America, stand-up comedy went through a revolution. Comics of the 30’s and 40’s were much different, clean-shaven, suit-wearing, lovers of the establishment; comics were considered hosts at an exclusive cocktail party than an artist of any kind. So if America was the hospital that [...]

“Every man in this village is a liar” – journalist Megan Stack on her time in Afghanistan, Pakistan

“Every man in this village is a liar” – journalist Megan Stack on her time in Afghanistan, Pakistan

It was a dream of an opportunity for Megan Stack. In September 2001, she was 25-years-old, vacationing in Paris and a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. After the 9/11 attacks, Stack was quickly made foreign correspondent and transported to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Her initial excitement, though, quickly turned to disgust as she learned [...]

The Rational Optimist – is that an oxymoron?

The Rational Optimist – is that an oxymoron?

If you believe author Matt Ridley, life is getting better. Not only that, but it’s getting better at an accelerating rate. There’s more food and cash – and less violence and disease. And we’re all living longer. Sure, the world isn’t perfect. But all those pessimists who dominate the public discourse, warning that all hell [...]

Toy Story 3 is buzzed

Toy Story 3 is buzzed

In Pixar’s newest film, Andy prepares to depart for college and the toys, including Woody, Jesse, and Buzz, find themselves donated to a local daycare. They soon decide that they must break out to get back to Andy….what could possibly go wrong? Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Gail Sheehy, “Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into Confidence”

Gail Sheehy, “Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into Confidence”

If there was a guide for every stage in life, would you follow it? Gail Sheehy, a literary journalist and author of 15 books, has chronicled some of the most complex stages of life in her books “Passages” and <i>Menopause: The Silent Passage</i>. But in her latest book, <i>Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into Confidence</i>, [...]

Should California legalize pot?

Should California legalize pot?

Supporters say it’s safer than alcohol or tobacco and improves quality of life. Detractors call it a gateway drug rife with health risks. This November, California voters will get to decide if marijuana should be legalized for recreational use in California. Would marijuana tax revenues help balance the state budget? Would a legal trade in [...]

Do you know your cell phones’ radiation level? If you live in San Francisco you are about to find out

Do you know your cell phones’ radiation level? If you live in San Francisco you are about to find out

First it was a ban on plastic bags, now the City by the Bay has tentatively passed an ordinance requiring cell phone companies to post their SAR “specific absorption rate” levels next to their phones at retail outlets. Research on the link between cell phone use and specific types of brain cancer has been inconclusive, [...]

Prop. 8 trial winds to a close… for now

Prop. 8 trial winds to a close… for now

A federal judge will hear closing arguments today in a case that challenges Proposition 8, the California voter-approved ban on gay marriage. Though ruling is not expected today (WED), Judge Vaughn Walker has asked each team of lawyers to answer 27 questions in their final statement, including: Is there a fundamental right to marry? Would [...]