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Award season series: Blue Valentine

Award season series:  Blue Valentine

Love is most certainly part of the human experience, but with every high comes an equal low. Therefore, falling out of love must also occur in life. Derek Cianfrance's <i>Blue Valentine</i> is the story of one such occurrence, of Cindy (Michelle Williams) and Dean (Ryan Gosling) who meet, fall in love, raise a daughter together, [...]

The cut-throat quest to find dark matter, dark energy & a Nobel Prize

The cut-throat quest to find dark matter, dark energy & a Nobel Prize

What is the 4 percent universe? It’s the one that encompasses everything we see: you, your dog, your dirty laundry, Earth, Sun, planets, stars, galaxies. What makes up the remaining 96%? Well, that’s where things get tricky. It’s all the other stuff we can’t see in any form. Astronomers call it “dark matter” and “dark [...]

Can you hear the willows weeping? L.A. county clear-cuts a grove of trees in Arcadia

Can you hear the willows weeping? L.A. county clear-cuts a grove of trees in Arcadia

In the movie trilogy <i>Lord of the Rings</i>, the Ents (J.R.R. Tolkien's imagined tree-like creatures) rise up from their roots to take part in a great battle against evil, after many of their brethren are chopped down. Unfortunately for a grove of trees in Arcadia, none of them showed the ability to stand up and [...]

Haiti one year later – despite massive aid, huge needs remain

Haiti one year later – despite massive aid, huge needs remain

One year ago, a devastating magnitude 7 earthquake struck Haiti. An estimated 220,000 people were killed, hundreds of thousands of homes and commercial buildings were destroyed, and vital infrastructure was severely damaged. Despite a tremendous aid response and numerous aid organizations working to rebuild Haiti, millions of people are still living in tent camps without [...]

Award season series: The King’s Speech

Award season series: The King’s Speech

A beautifully told story and highly acclaimed film about a man who would become king, but who had anything but a privileged, unchallenged life. Afflicted with a terrible stammer, at a time when radio (and therefore one's voice) was a critical medium for those in power, and the scars of an emotionally detached and abusive [...]

Le jazz hot – why not?

Le jazz hot – why not?

Ask any number of self-proclaimed “jazz heads” what the first jazz record is, whether those solos are really improvised or why Louis Armstrong is so important, and you’ll get a cacophony of disparate answers – maybe even start some fistfights. NPR Jazz Critic Kevin Whitehead asks and answers these and many other questions in his [...]

Could changes to mental health care and laws have prevented Giffords’ shooting?

Could changes to mental health care and laws have prevented Giffords’ shooting?

Plenty of scapegoats have emerged from the weekend shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, AZ—extreme political rhetoric, weakened gun laws and most recently issues of mental health. Could a different legal framework or network of mental health services have prevented Jared Loughner from allegedly opening fire with a Glock 19 semi-automatic pistol on the [...]

Good morning California – here’s your sobering budget news

Good morning California – here’s your sobering budget news

Jerry Brown is the state’s new governor, but he’s got the same old problem with the budget—over the next 18 months the upcoming deficit will swell to $28 billion. Brown’s proposed budget, released this morning, relies on $12.5 billion in spending cuts and tax hikes. Brown is calling for the temporary continuation of taxes while [...]

Unemployment, education, health care, housing, justice: issues for African Americans, issues for all

Unemployment, education, health care, housing, justice: issues for African Americans, issues for all

Even as the economy is struggling back to its feet, what are the major concerns for African Americans in the current political and economic climate? With his Poor People’s Campaign, started in 1967, Dr. King targeted income and housing relief for all the poor, not just blacks below the poverty line. Where are we 44 [...]

And the nominees are…

And the nominees are…

It is the season that falls between Winter and Spring – Award Season. Larry and the critics look at the films that have been nominated for Guild, Globe and Spirit awards, talk short lists for the Oscars and make fun of those that love to make fun – the Razzies. The King is speaking, the [...]

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