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Hans Zimmer – the journeyman film score composer

Hans Zimmer – the journeyman film score composer

German-born musician Hans Zimmer is one of the most accomplished film composers of all time, with a collection of awards on his shelf and over 100 movies to his credit – including such acclaimed scores as “The Lion King,” “Gladiator,” and “The Dark Knight.” Zimmer has been nominated for another Academy Award for his score [...]

The Price of Everything

The Price of Everything

Perhaps the best way to summarize the all-encompassing story, <i>The Price of Everything</i>, by Eduardo Porter, is to envision a married, middle-class couple in present-day America still in bed on Sunday morning. What price did they pay, monetarily, socially, biologically and otherwise, to earn the privilege of waking up side-by-side, or perhaps intertwined? How will [...]

Radio journalist gets happy in the Kingdom of Bhutan

Radio journalist gets happy in the Kingdom of Bhutan

When long-time radio journalist Lisa Napoli flew to the tiny Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan to volunteer at the country’s first youth radio station, she was leaving behind her job at Marketplace and her life in Los Angeles. But she was looking for a change. She immersed herself in Bhutan's rapidly changing culture and its commitment [...]

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nope – it’s a high-speed rail plan, and a lot of Republicans don’t like it

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nope – it’s a high-speed rail plan, and a lot of Republicans don’t like it

Vice President Biden announced last week the Obama Administration’s plan to put $53 billion toward upgrading and building a national, high-speed rail network. The administration has already allocated $10.5 billion to passenger rail programs, with the majority of funding going to projects in the planning stage in California and Florida. In fact, California will benefit [...]

One person, two faiths – “double-belonging” sparks religious debate

One person, two faiths – “double-belonging” sparks religious debate

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to freedom of religion (or non-religion). It also protects practitioners of “double belonging,” people who follow two religions simultaneously. Americans are used to being able to pick and chose from various religious traditions. What’s wrong with a Christian doing yoga or a Jew donning Buddha [...]

Jane McGonigal: how gaming will save the world

Jane McGonigal: how gaming will save the world

Gamers, listen up: according to Jane McGonigal, games aren't just an escapist alternate reality, or a procrastinating waste of hours, they’re the single most productive way to spend our time. Games are tools that can help develop skills that help us solve real-world problems, like hunger, poverty, clean water access and issues of sustainability. So [...]

Egypt’s historic revolution leads to President Mubarak’s resignation

Egypt’s historic revolution leads to President Mubarak’s resignation

To elated cheers of hundreds of thousands of demonstrators, President Hosni Mubarak has ceded power to the Egyptian military. On Thursday, Mubarak gave a televised address in which he defied expectations and vowed to remain President until elections in September, at which point he would not run for re-election. But furious protesters stood their ground, [...]

The Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo falls up

The Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo falls up

Jaime Gomez aka “Taboo,” one of the founding members of the hip-hop band the Black Eyed Peas, describes his path from East L.A. to on top of the world in his book <i>Fallin’ Up</i>. His father was absent during his childhood, his mother and grandmother raised him, and at the age of 17 he became [...]

What’s the homeschool difference?

What’s the homeschool difference?

With all the news about budget cuts, drop out rates and school violence, a growing number of parents are looking for alternatives to traditional public education. Many of them are choosing to teach their kids at home. Homeschoolers only represent about 3% of K-12 students. But that’s two million kids –and their numbers are rising. [...]

“America’s Finest News Source” – yes, it’s The Onion

“America’s Finest News Source” – yes, it’s The Onion

The Onion calls itself a “national publication and website that offers award-winning news and views that readers can't get anywhere else.” True, and well and good. Except it’s not all true; the news, views and everything else they print, video or stream are fake – brilliant, funny, bitingly satirical – but fake none the less. [...]