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Ask the Chief: LAPD Chief Charlie Beck on the Dorner case and more

Ask the Chief: LAPD Chief Charlie Beck on the Dorner case and more

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, center, talks about the $1 million reward for accused killer and fired Los Angeles police officer, Christopher Dorner as Los Angeles Mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, left, and Irvine, Calif., Mayor Steven Choi look on during a news conference at the Los Angeles police department in Los Angeles, Sunday, Feb. 10, […]

Jerry Buss and his effect on the sport and business of Los Angeles

Jerry Buss and his effect on the sport and business of Los Angeles

In this June 18, 1981 file photo, Jerry Buss holds a Los Angeles Lakers shirt in Los Angeles. Buss, the Lakers’ playboy owner who shepherded the NBA franchise to 10 championships, has died. He was 79. Credit: Uncredited/AP Jerry Buss, the Los Angeles Lakers owner who led the team to 10 NBA championships died at […]

California’s ‘Love Affair With The Sea’ gets a closer look from David Helvarg

California’s ‘Love Affair With The Sea’ gets a closer look from David Helvarg

David Helvarg’s new book “California’s Love Affair with the Sea: The Golden Shore” examines the California coast’s heritage and impact on the U.S. geographically, economically, politically, and socially. Credit: California’s Love Affair with the Sea: The Golden Shore The Golden State’s nearly 1000 miles of coastal terrain is perhaps its most defining feature. Not only […]

History in motion: Muybridge, Stanford and the birth of the movies

History in motion: Muybridge, Stanford and the birth of the movies

Author Edward Ball’s new book tells the cinematic story of vagabond Muybridge and his tycoon friend as they originated the technique of stop-motion photography and re-wrote California’s history. Credit: “The Inventor and the Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures” Just as it is today, California in the 1800’s was a […]

FilmWeek: Beautiful Creatures, A Good Day to Die Hard, and more:

FilmWeek: Beautiful Creatures, A Good Day to Die Hard, and more:

Australian actor Jai Courtney (L) and US actor Bruce Willis (R) pose for photographers while arriving for the UK premiere of ‘A Good Day To Die Hard’, the fifth film in the Die Hard franchise, in central London on February 7, 2013. Credit: AFP/AFP/Getty Images Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Claudia Puig and […]

Is offbeat, offline romance still possible?

Is offbeat, offline romance still possible?

What’s your wackiest romantic story? Credit: Maya Sugarman/KPCC Valentine’s Day is about celebrating love in all forms, and in an increasingly digital world, many romances begin online. But are there still love stories beginning offline? Are the sparks still flying face-to-face, whether in a modern “meet-cute” or an awkward romantic mishap? We want to hear […]

Screenwriter Mark Boal responds to Senate inquiry into the CIA’s involvement with ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

Screenwriter Mark Boal responds to Senate inquiry into the CIA’s involvement with ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

Writer Mark Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow attend the 85th Academy Awards Nominations Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 4, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images The controversial and highly reviewed “Zero Dark Thirty” follows the life of Maya for ten years as she tracks data and learns torturous […]

Nation, what do you want to hear from the President tonight?

Nation, what do you want to hear from the President tonight?

President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on January 24, 2012 in Washington, DC. What will this year’s address include? Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images As President Obama prepares to give his State of the Union address tonight, what do you want to hear from him? Guests:Josh Gerstein, White House Reporter, POLITICO Sean […]

Pop is king at the 2013 Grammy Awards

Pop is king at the 2013 Grammy Awards

Musicians Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford, Ted Dwane and Winston Marshall of Mumford & Sons accept Album of the Year award for ‘Babel’ with presenter Adele onstage at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Last night’s Grammy Awards featured performances from some […]

The relationship between gender and profanity

The relationship between gender and profanity

Are girls and boys, men and women, held to different standards when it comes to language? Credit: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images Last week, young women at a New Jersey Catholic school took a vow to clean up their language. At the request of the high school’s officials, the female students signed a “no cursing” pledge, […]