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The branding of America

The branding of America

For decades the image of the U.S. abroad has been negative and unchanging but experts in foreign affairs are re-examining these views. In his new book “American Avatar,” author Barry Sanders explores a contrary notion, that views about the US are complex, contradictory and often changing. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Medicare news you can use

Medicare news you can use

Seniors who want to join Medicare or change their plan for 2012 have an important deadline this week. Those who qualify for Medicare benefits will need to opt in or make any changes to their plan for 2012 by 12:01am Thursday, when open enrollment ends. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Anatomy of a skyscraper

Anatomy of a skyscraper

Our cities are getting more crowded and polluted everyday. In order to adapt to the growth and expansion of the urban landscape we must design buildings that are taller, smarter, and more environmentally efficient. The modern skyscraper is the pinnacle of that adaptation. These buildings have become small cities that service thousands of inhabitants and […]

College football’s bowl picture becomes clear and stirs up the annual BCS controversy

College football’s bowl picture becomes clear and stirs up the annual BCS controversy

It has become a right of fall as dependable as cold weather and “Black Friday” – the ongoing controversy of the Bowl Championship Series and its complex and seemingly byzantine process of selecting the match-ups for college football’s champion has once again inspired the annual gnashing of teeth. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino on Super 8, The Incredibles and Up

Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino on Super 8, The Incredibles and Up

His name might not be familiar, but you’ve undoubtedly heard much of Michael Giacchino’s work. The award-winning composer has composed scores for video games, television shows and beloved, blockbuster movies. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Christie’s sells Liz Taylor collection in first-ever online auction

Christie’s sells Liz Taylor collection in first-ever online auction

She was the queen of diamonds, and of Hollywood—and now anybody with the right bank account can buy a bit of screen legend Elizabeth Taylor’s storied life. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

“Straight Outta Compton” – a Sports Illustrated report

“Straight Outta Compton” – a Sports Illustrated report

A special feature in today's issue of “SI” takes an intimate look at the intersect of school sports and gang activity in South L.A. But the piece is no sob story. It profiles a gifted high school athlete who dodges linebackers on the field and gangbangers on the street. Read the Full Story at KPCC […]

KPCC Reporter Stephanie O’Neill checks L.A. County emergency services’ power outages

KPCC Reporter Stephanie O’Neill checks L.A. County emergency services’ power outages

Stephanie O’Neill, KPCC reporter who has been out and about in Altadena and Pasadena has been investigating the damage from the high winds. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Should obese children be placed in foster care?

Should obese children be placed in foster care?

An 8-year-old boy in Ohio was placed in foster care because he weighed more than 200 pounds. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Should Santa Monica Airport be saved or shuttered?

Should Santa Monica Airport be saved or shuttered?

The future of Santa Monica Airport is up in the air. The land and building leases at the airport are set to expire in 2015. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs