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Hoover Dam and the Making of the American Century

Hoover Dam and the Making of the American Century
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The Hoover Dam was an engineering feat- a Depression-era accomplishment that harnessed the Colorado River and gave rise to cities like Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Las Vegas. But the success of the project also represented a shift from the pioneer individualism of America's beginnings to a new ideal of shared enterprise. In his book Colossus, […]

Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life

Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life

You may think you’re a music lover, but to a drooling fanatic, you’re simple enjoyment of Frank Sinatra or the Grateful Dead is miniscule. A “drooling fanatic,” as defined in Steve Almond’s new book <i>Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life</i>, is the wannabe rock star whose undying love for music finds solace in listening […]

Is this the World Cup when Americans learn how to dominate soccer?

Is this the World Cup when Americans learn how to dominate soccer?

It’s not very often that America and its people can assume the underdog role. In any other global affair America is the perennial powerhouse, anything from foreign affairs to entertainment, the United States is usually the catalyst. Except for every four years when the world realigns its attention to the largest sporting event on the […]

Adventures in cheese

Adventures in cheese

Cheese has been called “milk’s leap toward the immortal” and in his new book “Immortal Milk,” Eric Lemay examines the cheeses, the processes, and the people who make cheese a great culinary adventure. LeMay journeys to Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge, a cheese festival in Wisconsin, braves surly cheese mongers in Paris, and dodges friendly goats […]

All eyes on South Africa: World Cup 2010

All eyes on South Africa: World Cup 2010

The tension is building to a climax as the world focuses its attention on the largest sporting event in the world. The 2010 FIFA World Cup is set to begin action this week, the storylines are unfolding as per usual any large sporting event. But the real story might be that of the host country […]

The rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in the West

The rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in the West

The 9/11 hijackers were Muslim but all of them had lived in Europe. How could such a radical group sink its roots into Western soil? Reporter Ian Johnson set out to discover the origins of this phenomenon and uncovered the story of a group of ex-Soviet Muslims who had defected to Germany during World War […]

From Basque shepherd to Bantu warrior, a journalist ventures deep into his family’s origins

From Basque shepherd to Bantu warrior, a journalist ventures deep into his family’s origins

Delving into your family origins can be exciting or even shocking. For Los Angeles Times reporter Joe Mozingo, it was the latter. He set out to trace his father’s lineage and the origin of “Mozingo” and discovered something rather surprising. Instead of the Italian or French Basque origins for his family name, intensive genealogical searches […]

Israeli Raid on Turkish Ships Bringing Aid to Gaza

Israeli Raid on Turkish Ships Bringing Aid to Gaza

Israel is facing international criticism after its raid on a flotilla in international waters left at least nine dead. The United Nations Security Council and others have urged an immediate impartial review of the raid on a vessel carrying humanitarian aid and passengers. Was Israel fairly enforcing its blockade on Gaza? Or was the raid […]

Merchants of doubt: how a handful of scientists obscured the truth on issues from tobacco smoke to global warming

Merchants of doubt: how a handful of scientists obscured the truth on issues from tobacco smoke to global warming

After global warming became mainstream fodder for political debate and the Prius became the celebrity vehicle of choice, scientists joined the anti-global warming campaign, and published a handful of scientific reports about human’s effect on the Earth’s climate. But along came the spider of a well-established group of scientists, who planted the seed of doubt […]

How can we better diagnose and treat pulmonary fibrosis?

How can we better diagnose and treat pulmonary fibrosis?

Pulmonary fibrosis is a mysterious and debilitating disease that causes scar tissue to replace healthy lung tissue. Unable to breathe properly, sufferers are deprived of oxygen and die within three to five years of diagnosis. More than 40,000 people succumb to the disease each year, yet there is no FDA-approved treatment or cure. Longtime KPCC […]