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Plastic: A Toxic Love Story

Plastic: A Toxic Love Story

Plastic: the all encompassing material that facilitates our modern world. From how we keep our teeth clean, to how we get to work; plastic is involved in more then one step of the process. As ubiquitous as it is harmful, plastic has taken on its own tragic love story with our planet Earth. How did [...]

Susie Bright, the godmother of erotica, opens up even more

Susie Bright, the godmother of erotica, opens up even more

Titillating, arousing and salacious are words not normally ascribed to a writer’s memoir, unless, of course, that writer happens to be Susie Bright. Bright has been at the forefront of modern erotic literature since its inception during the Cultural Revolution. In Big Sex Little Death, the author recounts the arc of her life: indulging in [...]

Are you technologically advanced, or just plain confused?

Are you technologically advanced, or just plain confused?

Have you ever wanted to ask an expert whether you should buy a laptop or a desktop, if your cell phone or your ISP (Internet Service Provider) is the best option for Wi-Fi at home, if anyone needs a camcorder or a point-and-shoot camera anymore? It seems there is a “new” or “improved” something everyday. [...]

Parenting your aging parent

Parenting your aging parent

AirTalk continues our new, semi-regular series looking at the top health stories, fads and frustrations facing patients and doctors. Dr. Lachs is in to take your questions and calls – no health insurance or appointment necessary. Today, we focus on aging parents. As difficult as it is for baby boomers to accept that mom and [...]

Hurt feelings really do hurt, but, hey, they may also help

Hurt feelings really do hurt, but, hey, they may also help

When speaking of emotional pain, we often use the language of physical pain. “Burned” by a friend, “crushed” by a family member, or “heartbroken” over a lover—we all talk this way, and researchers are now finding that we have every right to do so. What they’ve found is that the same part of our brain [...]

Hollywood drops a “Blonde Bombshell”

Hollywood drops a “Blonde Bombshell”

In the late 1920s, a young woman drove an aspiring actress to Fox Studios in Hollywood for an appointment. The aspiring actress went on to become Rosalie Roy, who worked mostly in uncredited roles throughout her career. The other woman who drove her, named Harlean Carpenter, was noticed while sitting in the car by Fox [...]

The birth, adolescence, and maturation of politics

The birth, adolescence, and maturation of politics

E. O. Wilson’s classic book Sociobiology contends that human society is, in some way, driven by the same forces of evolutionary biology and natural selection that affect living organisms. Taking this tenet as a jumping off point, Frances Fukuyama tackles the history of politics in The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the [...]

Pollack pens the pun for fun

Pollack pens the pun for fun

Some people are “pun people” (pun intended), and others roll their eyes at puns as tomfoolery. Whichever side you’re on, John Pollack writes in <i>The Pun Also Rises</i> that puns are experiencing a “pun renaissance” in our culture and are a part of virtually every language spoken. Who better than a former presidential speechwriter and [...]

One year after the disastrous BP Oil Spill, how is the gulf recovering?

One year after the disastrous BP Oil Spill, how is the gulf recovering?

It’s been a year since the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded into flames, killing 11 workers and sparking the largest ecological disaster in the nation’s history. The damage crushed the gulf region that was just starting to get back on even footing after hurricane Katrina. We’ll take a look back at the oil spill and [...]

Madre: Perilous Journeys with a Spanish Noun

Madre: Perilous Journeys with a Spanish Noun

Why is it that no matter how many madres are in a room, even if it’s thousands, when one padre enters, the collective noun for the group becomes padres? Or that the phrase “Que padre!” means “What a great father,” and “Me vale madre” means “It’s worthless?” Liza Bakewell asks these questions in her new [...]