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The stalking of Martin Luther King Jr. and the hunt for his assassin

The stalking of Martin Luther King Jr. and the hunt for his assassin

Hampton Sides dramatizes the run-up to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in his new book “Hellhound on His Trail.” The book has earned critical acclaim for its sharp writing and the compelling way it intercuts King’s final days with those of assassin James Earl Ray. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Saving the San Gabriel Mountains

Saving the San Gabriel Mountains

A group of environmentalists, scientists, and nine cities, including Claremont and La Canada-Flintridge, are pushing Rep. David Dreier (R-San Dimas) to protect a large section of Angeles National Forest. Conservationists fear that encroaching development, fires, the dwindling budget of the U.S. Forest Service, and millions of yearly visitors are threatening the integrity of the mountains. [...]

Wrapping up the Cannes Film Festival

Wrapping up the Cannes Film Festival

Before the curtain falls on the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, Larry and guests chat about this season’s cinematic highlights. What are the hottest, must-see films? Who will take home the big prizes this weekend? Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Author Carlos Ruiz Zafón on his latest work

Author Carlos Ruiz Zafón on his latest work

Increasingly, book worms no longer regard authors as belonging to a single country. The internet—and with it, Facebook, YouTube, blogs, et al—has bridged many national gaps in a furious race towards globalization. The subsequent phenomenon has been authors like Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Born in Barcelona, and living in Los Angeles since 1993, the internationally acclaimed [...]

Mark Moffett’s Adventures Among Ants

Mark Moffett’s Adventures Among Ants

Think you know everything there is to know about ants? Think again. Biologist Mark Moffett, “the Indiana Jones of Entomology,” has traveled the globe on a strange and wonderful journey into the hidden world of ants. In tales from Nigeria, Indonesia, the Amazon, Australia and California, Moffett uncovers a parallel ant universe rife with warfare, [...]

Television sells its wares at the Upfronts

Television sells its wares at the Upfronts

Upfront Week is part circus, part dog-and-pony show, and all business as television broadcast networks present their fall shows to advertisers in the hopes of snagging the big money deals. With CBS highlighting five new series, ABC trying hard to fill the void left by “Lost,” and NBC overhauling the 10 o’clock slot once again, [...]

Living for dad

Living for dad

Imagine, as a father, knowing that you won’t be there for your young children. That was the situation contemplated by writer Bruce Feiler when he discovered a life-threatening tumor in his leg. He reached out to six men from his life and formed a "Council of Dads" to help look after his daughters. The book [...]

Losing My Cool: How a Father’s Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-Hop Culture

Losing My Cool: How a Father’s Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-Hop Culture

In a 2007 piece for the Washington Post Thomas Chatterton Williams wrote that, "… middle class blacks concerned with "keeping it real" are engaging in gratuitously self-destructive and violently masochistic behavior." Is hip-hop to blame or is it up to the parents? In his new book, "Losing My Cool" Williams discusses the detrimental aspects of [...]

Some Girls: a memoir of life in a harem

Some Girls: a memoir of life in a harem

As an eighteen year-old NYU theater school dropout, Jillian Lauren answered an audition seeking pretty girls to spice up the parties of a wealthy businessman. Soon after, she was on a plane to Brunei, finding herself in the harem of the Sultan's youngest brother, Prince Jefri Bolkiah. While her days were filled with opulent luxury, [...]

Tell – All by Chuck Palahniuk

Tell – All by Chuck Palahniuk

He is the author of nine best selling novels and has a reputation for causing some to faint at his readings – the one and only Chuck Palahniuk. Is it possible write about career comebacks and cosmetic surgeries with the moxie and pluck that engrained the first rule of Fight Club into the frontal lobe [...]