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To Sell is Human

To Sell is Human

“To Sell Is Human” by Dan Pink Do you have any experience in sales? Well, if you have a job in today’s society, author Dan Pink says the answer is yes. While one in nine Americans work in a traditional sales department, the other eight draw upon the same techniques salespeople use every day. Pink […]

Which all-American food is helping consumers avoid eating up their finances?

Which all-American food is helping consumers avoid eating up their finances?

“Creamy & Crunchy” by John Krampner Creamy, crunchy, salty or plain – how do you like your peanut butter? Although  it’s not popular in other countries, more than 75% of the American population consumes over one billion pounds of it annually. However, peanut butter has not been immune to social and economic trends. Sales dropped […]

Setting sights on practical solutions to gun violence

Setting sights on practical solutions to gun violence

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) makes brief remarks to the press after a meeting with Cabinet members and sportsmen’s, wildlife and gun interest groups at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building January 10, 2013 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Barack Obama appointed Biden to oversee a task force on gun violence and also was to […]

Money down the drain? Stormwater cleanup parcel tax proposed by LA County Flood District

Money down the drain? Stormwater cleanup parcel tax proposed by LA County Flood District

A beach closed sign on October 9, 2010 in Malibu warns against contaminated water due to rain runoff. Credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images The LACFD is proposing an annual fee to help pay for cleanup of stormwater runoff.  Toxins, sewage and debris ranging from plastic water bottles to soccer balls regularly find their way Southern California’s […]

Can Kickstarter replace old money models in entertainment?

Can Kickstarter replace old money models in entertainment?

Director of the film program at Kickstarter, Elisabeth Holm speaks during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. Credit: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images It’s been just three years since Kickstarter was created, and already it’s being called one of the most notable Internet ventures ever. Almost anyone with a Facebook page has friends hitting them up for money […]

2013 Oscar nominations

2013 Oscar nominations

A general view of atmosphere at the AMPAS Monday Nights with Oscar screening at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International on December 13, 2010 in New York City. Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images Now that the Oscar nominations have been announced, Larry is joined by Los Angeles Times Film Writer Nicole Sperling to discuss this year’s Academy […]

‘Gangster Squad’ director Ruben Fleischer on his snappy vision of LA, film noir

‘Gangster Squad’ director Ruben Fleischer on his snappy vision of LA, film noir

Director Ruben Fleischer arrives at Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Gangster Squad” premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on January 7, 2013 in Hollywood, California. Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images A team of merciless cops go after a mob boss, by any means necessary. It’s the classic film noir premise, and in this time set in a moonlit mid-century […]

Huell Howser, iconic host of ‘California’s Gold,’ dies

Huell Howser, iconic host of ‘California’s Gold,’ dies

Huell Howser amidst the poppies, California’s Gold. Credit: Huell Howser Viewers loved him for his genuine sense of wonder. Californians loved him because he shone a light on some of the state’s most beautiful, interesting and unique areas, businesses and events. To the sorrow of many, Huell Howser has died today. RELATED: Huell Howser is retiring: […]

Echoes of our ancestors: traditional vs. modern societies

Echoes of our ancestors: traditional vs. modern societies

“The World Until Yesterday,” by Jared Diamond The “yesterday” in the title of Jared Diamond’s new book refers to the period 11,000 years ago when hunter-gatherer groups evolved into modern human societies.  Despite the emergence of civilization, organized religion, industrialization and mass communication, have we really changed that much as humans?  Has ordered government supplanted […]

Al Jazeera closes deal to buy Current TV

Al Jazeera closes deal to buy Current TV

Staff members of Al-Jazeera prepare for a broadcast in Doha, Qatar. Credit: Deborah Amos/NPR The Qatar-based media company Al Jazeera has purchased former Vice President Al Gore’s Current TV. The cost of Current is rumored to be $500 million, with a $100 million payout to Gore. Current has been struggling to establish itself as a […]