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The Quantum Man

The Quantum Man

Richard Feynman was a superstar of science. As a musician, an extrovert, a well-known party guest and a noble laureate in the field of quantum electrodynamic theory, Feynman made a name for himself, beyond just a scientist, but as a modern Vitruvian man. Feynman was revolutionary in his field for developing the “Feynman diagrams,” an [...]

President Obama lays out fiscal policy

President Obama lays out fiscal policy

In his speech at George Washington University, President Obama will outline a series of steps to promote fiscal discipline and curb the growth of the nation’s national debt. The president’s speech is a response to the Republican plan proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and will call for a bipartisan effort to tackle [...]

The Bond between human beings and other animals

The Bond between human beings and other animals

The President and CEO of the Humane Society, Wayne Pacelle, implores humanity to consider a kinship with the rest of the Animal Kingdom in his book, <I>The Bond</i>. He creates a mosaic of the animal world: Life-saving dolphins come to the rescue of human beings about to be eaten by sharks; cattle and other livestock [...]

Spring is in the air so it’s time to toil in the soil

Spring is in the air so it’s time to toil in the soil

The climate in Southern California is unique. We live in one of the few places in the world where you can grow vegetables year round. But right now is perhaps the best time to get your gardening groove on and start that vegetable patch. But what should you plant? Where should you plant? What equipment [...]

No apologies Jesse Ventura: What the Government Doesn’t Want You to Read

No apologies Jesse Ventura: What the Government Doesn’t Want You to Read

In a time when trust in our government seems to be at an all-time low, Jesse Ventura—actor, wrestler, Navy SEAL, television talk show host, bestselling author, and former governor of Minnesota—takes the Wikileaks approach and goes digging. What he comes up with is 63 Documents the Government Doesn’t Want You to Read—from the CIA’s Secret [...]

The influence of Arthur Penn

The influence of Arthur Penn

Director Arthur Penn is perhaps best known for Bonnie and Clyde and Alice’s Restaurant – a pair films that deftly tapped into the zeitgeist of late 60s counterculture. But Penn’s career spanned Broadway, Hollywood and the Golden Age of television – influencing pop culture in ways still felt today. After becoming interested in cinema while [...]

A new way of looking at heaven and hell

A new way of looking at heaven and hell

Certain groups of Christians aren’t always so tolerant and depending on who you are, the “Good News” doesn’t always seem so good. Rob Bell is shaking things up in the world of theology with his latest book <i>Love Wins</i>. Within it he looks toward the issues of heaven, hell, God and salvation through love-tinted goggles. [...]

Arrival cities & the impact of migration

Arrival cities & the impact of migration

Most Americans have ancestors who at some point journeyed from village to city. Today, a third of our world is on the move. Tales of immigration often focus on the departure and the journey. But what if we look at immigration from the arrival standpoint? In his new book, Arrival City: How the Largest Migration [...]

Insect-opedia

Insect-opedia

I’m 8-inches long; I have six legs and compound eyes. What am I? Find out in Hugh Raffles’ new book, <i>Insect-opedia</i>. Packed to the brim with knowledge ranging from the practical—when is it okay to swat?—to fun trivia—why does the fainting beetle faint?—to information regarding the importance of insects to the biodiversity of their habitat, [...]

The fine line between fame and madness

The fine line between fame and madness

Rolling Stone journalist Neil Strauss has been called the Mike Tyson of interviewers. He does indeed have a way of wrestling with his subjects darkest sides. He made Lady Gaga cry, goes to the Church of Scientology with Tom Cruise, and gets kidnapped by Courtney Love. He has gathered highlights from some 3,000 interviews he’s [...]