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The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt

The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt

Before Egypt grabbed international headlines for its democracy demonstrations and the ouster of then president Hosni Mubarak, new books on the history of that nation were probably not in very high demand. What a difference a democratic revolution makes. Today Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson and his latest book on Egyptian history are highly welcome. The Rise [...]

What about California’s nuclear power plants?

What about California’s nuclear power plants?

Diablo Canyon Power Plant, located in San Luis Obispo County right along the Pacific Coast, contains two nuclear reactors and is built to withstand a 7.5 magnitude earthquake. San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, located in San Diego County right along the Pacific coast, contains two reactors and was built to withstand a 7.0 quake. As [...]

Instant update on earthquake-damaged Japanese nuclear power plant

Instant update on earthquake-damaged Japanese nuclear power plant

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FilmWeek: Battle: Los Angeles, Mars Needs Moms, Red Riding Hood, Kill the Irishman and more

FilmWeek: Battle: Los Angeles, Mars Needs Moms, Red Riding Hood, Kill the Irishman and more

FilmWeek: KPCC film critics Lael Loewenstein, Tim Cogshell and Charles Solomon join Larry to review the week’s new film releases including Battle: Los Angeles, Mars Needs Moms, Red Riding Hood, Kill the Irishman and more. TGI-FilmWeek! Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Eva Marie Saint is still gracing the stage

Eva Marie Saint is still gracing the stage

Legendary actress Eva Marie Saint has enjoyed a decades-long career in film, television and on the stage. She has studied at the Actor’s Studio, starred in “On the Waterfront” with Marlon Brando, shared the screen with icon Cary Grant in Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest” and been broadcast into the living rooms of millions with [...]

Just Cook for a Just Cause – a young man’s recipes help the homeless

Just Cook for a Just Cause – a young man’s recipes help the homeless

Thirteen year old Patrick Minassians and his eighth grade class were challenged by their teacher to ‘pay it forward’ by finding a concrete way to help their community. Patrick, who loves soccer and math, also has a passion for cooking. As his mother Mary puts it, “He is simply obsessed with good food, good recipes [...]

NPR chief resigns amid new controversy

NPR chief resigns amid new controversy

A hidden-camera video of an NPR executive calling the tea party racist and saying the network would be better off without federal money has led to that executive's immediate resignation. National Public Radio said in a statement that it was “appalled'' by the comments from Ron Schiller, the president of NPR's fundraising arm and a [...]

Chocolate & Vicodin: My quest for relief from the headache that wouldn’t go away

Chocolate & Vicodin: My quest for relief from the headache that wouldn’t go away

On February 17, 2008, then 27-year-old Jennette Fulda went to bed with a headache. Three years later, it still hasn’t gone away, despite forays into intravenous drugs and acupuncture, countless visits to doctors and chiropractors, self medicating through marijuana, heavy drinking and lots and lots of chocolate. In her new memoir, Fulda explores how to [...]

Harnessing elusive energy – oceans to autos

Harnessing elusive energy – oceans to autos

Energy is everywhere; technology is almost everywhere, but opportunities are lost when they don’t work together. Imagine that you could harness the energy lost in braking your car; use the difference between the warm surface temperatures and cold depths of the ocean to generate electricity; or harvest the power released when fresh and salt water [...]

What tiny events might have resulted in different presidents?

What tiny events might have resulted in different presidents?

As Florida’s “ballot malfunction” in the 2000 presidential election showed, the smallest actions can have profound consequences. In the new book Then Everything Changed—Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics, veteran politics and culture reporter Jeff Greenfield examines the tiny shifts in events that could have led to John F. Kennedy’s death even before his inauguration, [...]