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FilmWeek’s Oscar preview from the Egyptian Theatre

FilmWeek’s Oscar preview from the Egyptian Theatre

AirTalk rolled out the red carpet at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood for our 9th annual Academy Awards Preview show. Larry and KPCC's FilmWeek critics Andy Klein, Lael Loewenstein, Wade Major, Claudia Puig, Peter Rainer, Henry Sheehan, Charles Solomon, and Tim Cogshell talked about the best movies of the year and which ones should take [...]

Comedy Congress live from the Crawford Family Forum!

Comedy Congress live from the Crawford Family Forum!

The only true medicine for the pain of politics is laughter—after all, if we weren’t laughing at the (mostly) unintentional humor emanating from Washington D.C. and state capitols, chances are we’d be crying. As Republicans take over the House gridlock has settled into Congress while both sides insist on refighting old fights. Haven’t we seen [...]

High school teacher’s job in jeopardy over blog posts

High school teacher’s job in jeopardy over blog posts

When "Ms. Munroe," a local high school teacher in Pennsylvania, started a blog as a way of keeping in touch with friends and family she had no idea that it would one day be discovered by students and embroil in a debate about the limits of online speech. The teacher's blog posts often referred to [...]

A man with a stammer or a dancer with demons? It’s Oscar time.

A man with a stammer or a dancer with demons? It’s Oscar time.

The 83rd annual Academy Award presentation is Sunday night. James Franco and Anne Hathaway are hosting. The two are rumored to be reenacting famous movie scenes. So if you don’t want to hear their rendition of “You’re the One that I Want” from the musical Grease, you may want to locate the mute button. Oh [...]

Marriage the Spousonomics way – do more dishes, have more sex & go to bed angry

Marriage the Spousonomics way – do more dishes, have more sex & go to bed angry

The problems that plague your marriage may finally have been solved – not by a relationship expert, not by Oprah, but by…economists. "Spousonomics" written by Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson, posits that a marriage is an economy, a business with two partners (usually) and finite resources (also, usually), all of which need to be managed [...]

No More DOMA, says Obama

No More DOMA, says Obama

In a sweeping policy shift today, the Obama administration announced its decision to discontinue enforcement of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which heretofore invalidated same-sex marriage at the federal level. Speaking on behalf of the administration, Attorney General Eric Holder called DOMA unconstitutional; citing that “classifications based on sexual orientation” merited the use of [...]

Suicide of a former NFL player brings the issue of head trauma into a disturbing new light

Suicide of a former NFL player brings the issue of head trauma into a disturbing new light

Dave Duerson was an 11-year safety with the Chicago Bears, selected for the Pro Bowl four times and a businessman who grew a food company into a multimillion-dollar success. At 50-years-old Duerson shot himself in the chest last Thursday, committing suicide in such a way that his brain would be intact and available for ongoing [...]

Can boomers defy old age?

Can boomers defy old age?

The oldest baby boomers are turning 65 this year, so realistically what can they expect from the next 20 years of life? Promoters of longevity claim that if people just live right, ninety could be the new fifty. They also argue that the “cure” for the disease of getting old is just around the corner [...]

How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly—and the Stark Choices Ahead

How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly—and the Stark Choices Ahead

Dambisa Moyo, the former World Bank economist who caused quite a stink with her critique of American aid to Africa and reliance on celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Bono as self-proclaimed ambassadors to the African content, is back with a thesis that’s sure to shake things up again. Her new book chronicles what Moyo characterizes [...]

Howard Thurston vs. Harry Houdini – who is history’s greatest magician?

Howard Thurston vs. Harry Houdini – who is history’s greatest magician?

Few remember now that at the dawn of the 20th century when magic was still mystery, and a sleight of hand could very well have been the work of the devil as much as a flick of a wrist, two magicians battled it out for the right to be called king. While Harry Houdini thrilled [...]