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The gay life of the Old West

The gay life of the Old West
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Gay cowboys may be forever defined in pop culture by Brokeback Mountain, but the characters played by Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in Ang Lee’s 2005 film aren’t as anomalous as they seem. For their current exhibit, The Autry National Center has mined its permanent collection, to profile gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people in […]

Worthy of a librarian action figure, NPR’s Nancy Pearl talks book lust with Patt

Worthy of a librarian action figure, NPR’s Nancy Pearl talks book lust with Patt

She’s known as NPR’s librarian, and her knowledge of literary works is so legendary that a librarian action figure has been modeled after her. Nancy Pearl is truly a “rock star” librarian—an author, bookseller, commentator and literary critic who transcends librarian circles to become a trusted voice on all matters of reading advice and critiques. […]

AirTalk overtime: Jewish-Muslim tension in Southern Calfornia

AirTalk overtime: Jewish-Muslim tension in Southern Calfornia

After the conclusion of the broadcast, audience members asked questions of panelists, including how the Muslim Student Union and Anteaters for Israel can cooperate or collaborate at UC Irvine, and whether contention over Israel is a political or religious issue. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Why should I care if I’m vitamin D deficient?

Why should I care if I’m vitamin D deficient?

New research has doctors worried that more and more of us are deficient in vitamin D- a hormone our body produces when it’s exposed to sunlight. Could sunscreen be one culprit? While the smelly cream is essential to protect our skin from aging and skin cancer, some doctors say it is providing a barrier between […]

Isabel Allende’s “Island Beneath the Sea”

Isabel Allende’s “Island Beneath the Sea”

Arguably the world’s most widely read Spanish-language author, Isabel Allende is back with a new book, this time bringing elements of her signature magic realism to bear on the violent birth of Haiti. <i>Island beneath the Sea</i> follows teenage slave Zarita (know as Tété) from her arranged marriage to a Frenchman to freedom in a […]

The future of voting in California: Prop. 14 and the open primary

The future of voting in California: Prop. 14 and the open primary

The idea is to assure that the candidates with the greatest number of votes square off in state elections. Instead of having a Republican and a Democrat face each other, the system would allow for a slate of candidates and the two highest vote takers would battle it out on a general election ballot. Proponents […]

Orange is the New Black: My Year In a Women’s Prison

Orange is the New Black: My Year In a Women’s Prison

Soon after graduating from Smith College and working as a waitress to try and find herself, Piper Kerman was smuggling drug money for a West African drug lord and in way over her head with what even the most liberal of parents would have called “a bad crowd” – ten years later those poor choices […]

Moguls, movies and a company called DreamWorks

Moguls, movies and a company called DreamWorks

When DreamWorks was founded in 1994, it was the first new Hollywood studio in 60 years. Headed by director Steven Spielberg, music mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg, and ex-Disney executive David Geffen, the company set out to build a media empire dedicated to talent and where employees didn't have titles that was dedicated to talent. DreamWorks had […]

Stop that racket: why we hate- and love- noise

Stop that racket: why we hate- and love- noise

Unlike music, speech and other frequencies we hear, noise is usually defined as “unwanted sound.” Garret Keizer examines why many of the things we most want—rapid travel, mobile communication devices and other signs of modernity—are so loud we can hardly hear ourselves think. From hip hop and metal to car alarms and helicopters, are these […]

Lecture Notes: A Professor’s Inside Guide to College Success

Lecture Notes: A Professor’s Inside Guide to College Success

Though some of the advice may seem obvious—go to class, read the books, talk to your professors—in a time when it is becoming harder and harder to get accepted into a university maybe some straightforward tips are exactly what the college freshman of 2010 need. As the school year comes to an end, guest host […]