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Pete Carroll looks to the future

Pete Carroll looks to the future
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Pete Carroll has led the USC Trojans to two national championships and seven Pac-10 titles during his nine-year reign as head football coach. But he’s also watched as both he and his former team are slammed with NCAA penalties over Reggie Bush’s banned perks and Carroll’s hiring of an extra coach. He’s an influential fixture […]

FilmWeek: Inception, Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Kisses and more. Then, do ultra-hyped openings help or hurt films?

FilmWeek: Inception, Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Kisses and more. Then, do ultra-hyped openings help or hurt films?

Larry Mantle and critics Andy Klein of Brand X and Henry Sheehan of henrysheehan.com discuss the week’s new film releases including Inception, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Operation Endgame, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead, among others. TGI-FilmWeek! Also, in light of the opening of Inception, Larry and the critics open up the phones to talk with […]

“Simpsons” writer Larry Doyle on his new book “Go, Mutants!”

“Simpsons” writer Larry Doyle on his new book “Go, Mutants!”

Larry Doyle understands what you want. He hears you. The former writer/producer of <i>The Simpsons</i> and frequent contributor to the New Yorker has been satiating the mainstream’s humor appetite for years now, and in the process, his first novel <i>I Love You, Beth Cooper</i> won the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Now he’s back, this […]

O that this too too solid flesh would— o look, a text!: why turning off your phone will make you smarter and happier

O that this too too solid flesh would—   o look, a text!: why turning off your phone will make you smarter and happier

If you’re dependent on your BlackBerry or iPhone, or addicted to the internet in general, join the club. In this “too-much-information age,” it seems that we are overloaded with distractions that are just one click away. In his new book, Hamlet’s Blackberry, former Washington Post staff writer William Powers warns that such “digital maximalism” not […]

Keeping kids safe, one cancelled rave at a time—the future of raves in L.A.

Keeping kids safe, one cancelled rave at a time—the future of raves in L.A.

After the death of 15-year-old Sasha Rodriguez at Electric Daisy Carnival in the Los Angeles Coliseum, public and political scrutiny has been shifted to raves and electronic bashes where drugs are rampant. Now HARD L.A. and Fresh Squeezed, festivals similar to EDC, have been canceled just a week after the Los Angeles County Board of […]

Shady, sketchy creeps: what “normal” sights make your skin crawl?

Shady, sketchy creeps: what “normal” sights make your skin crawl?

Have you ever felt oddly distressed after crossing paths with a grown man in a Boy Scout uniform or a hairless cat? Does the thought of kiddie beauty pageants or lifelike baby dolls slightly disturb you? If so, there’s finally a book that celebrates these unsettling everyday experiences. David Bickel, former writer for The King […]

Feel free to skate or die just make sure to register your prints with the Sheriff first

Feel free to skate or die just make sure to register your prints with the Sheriff first

The case has been made again and again for kids to wear elbow pads and helmets while skating at skate parks, but is requiring skaters to identify themselves with a scanned thumb print protecting them or a total violation of their privacy? The question has been raised in the city of Poway in northern San […]

Artificial Intelligence – how smart are our machines?

Artificial Intelligence – how smart are our machines?

The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence is holding its annual seminar this week in Atlanta. It’s a meeting of the best organic minds in the artificial intelligence business. And it’s a chance for scientists to compare the latest research in robotics and AI. Lately, one of the questions that scientists are exploring is […]

The Pentagon’s survey on ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ – fair or biased?

The Pentagon’s survey on ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ – fair or biased?

The Pentagon issued survey about gays and lesbians serving in the armed forces has received some outcry from gay veterans groups for being biased. The groups opposed to the survey say they think the wording of many of the questions in the survey will produce negative results and could be used as reason for discriminatory […]

Overtreated: how too much medical care is bad for your heath

Overtreated: how too much medical care is bad for your heath

Americans spend 50-percent more on health care than any other country. But if you look at the numbers, it isn’t buying us better health. Medical overtreatment isn’t new. Most people know it’s a challenge in end-of-life care, emergency room medicine, back pain and cancer treatment, where it’s especially difficult to broach with patients. And when […]