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Reza Aslan on “Beyond Fundamentalism: confronting religious extremism in the age of globalization”

Reza Aslan on “Beyond Fundamentalism: confronting religious extremism in the age of globalization”

In his new book, Daily Beast editor Reza Aslan asserts that by infusing the War on Terror with its own religiosity, the Unites States has fallen prey to the same failed logic of its enemies, ultimately engendering a religious war in which God is believed to be directly engaged on behalf of one side against [...]

Why religions are not the same and why it matters

Why religions are not the same and why it matters

Religious thinkers like Gandhi and the Dalai Lama have said that all religions are different paths to the same God. But scholar Stephen Prothero says that the world's religions aim at very different goals, and to claim they are all the same is foolish. In his book God Is Not One, Prothero details the unique [...]

What’s next for Arizona’s controversial immigration law?

What’s next for Arizona’s controversial immigration law?

Now that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed SB 1070 into law, the action will move to the courts. MALDEF, the Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund, condemned the aggressive anti-immigrant bill as unconstitutional and vowed to pursue all legal avenues to challenge it. The measure, authored by State Senator Russell Pearce, puts cops [...]

Comedy Congress

Comedy Congress

It’s that time again; everyone’s favorite congress is back in session. Returning with brand new clips from our beloved elected officials, Patt Morrison brings you the type of comedy that only your tax dollars could pay for. Our comics riff on everything from revolutionary health care ideas, why Arnold hates taxes, and why you should [...]

Carol Burnett reminisces

Carol Burnett reminisces

You might know her best as Norma Desmond, Starlett O’Hara or Eunice Higgins, but those ladies have long since left the stage. Their creator, Carol Burnett, pulls back the curtain on the hilarious and frustrating moments in her acting career, and some of the personal trials and triumphs she encountered along the way in her [...]

Smart meters, DWP rate increases and your impact on climate change—a sit down with your Public Utilities Commission President

Smart meters, DWP rate increases and your impact on climate change—a sit down with your Public Utilities Commission President

Earlier this month, a divided California Public Utilities Commission approved Southern California Gas Co. to charge customers $1.05 billion to install radio-controlled smart meters on 6 million homes throughout the state, despite complaints that the technology just isn’t necessary. Mike Peevey, the man who heads that commission—which regulates privately owned electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water, [...]

Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy

Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy

What prompts people to stuff dead animals in lifelike poses? Melissa Milgrom started hanging out with taxidermists and asking questions. Is taxidermy a commemoration—and if so—does it celebrate life or death? Does preservation glorify the animal, or the person who resurrects it? Her book Still Life skins taxidermy’s last remaining practitioners, delving into the art [...]

Celebrating Mark Twain 100 years later

Celebrating Mark Twain 100 years later

From “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” to “Tom Sawyer” and from “Huck Finn” to “Tesla,” Mark Twain traveled and traversed America and its culture for more than 70 years. Proving to be the quintessential American author of his era, the man born Samuel Langhorne Clemens used his wit and an enchanting harness of [...]

The Eerie Silence: why haven’t aliens called us back?

The Eerie Silence: why haven’t aliens called us back?

Are we alone in the universe? In 1960, one astronomer began using radio telescopes to scan the skies for unearthly signals, and the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence was born. Now SETI has a home and an array of telescopes at UC Berkeley. Just in time for its 50th birthday, astronomer Paul Davies takes a [...]

The Death of American Virtue

The Death of American Virtue

Remember how pleasant the ‘90s were? Where our biggest worry as a nation was if our president was faithful to his wife or not. The good ole days… Well if you having trouble reminiscing, Ken Gormley can lend a hand. In his new, extensive, re-telling of the battle that captivated the political landscape of our [...]