KPCC Blogs


Forget the blood-type diet; bring on the bacteria-type diet!

Forget the blood-type diet; bring on the bacteria-type diet!

A new Nature study looking at bacteria systems growing in the gut divides people into three groups. Similar to the way blood types divide people into four groups, the new research finds there are three distinct bacteria ecosystems that transcend sex, weight, health, age and race. It’s not clear yet whether these bacteria types are [...]

Should we say goodbye to puppy mills?

Should we say goodbye to puppy mills?

More than 56,000 dogs and cats were impounded in Los Angeles last year, one of the highest years on record, and many worry that this year could be worse. One Los Angeles councilman is proposing a solution. Councilman Paul Koretz wants to ban large-scale commercial animal mills that breed dogs, cats, chickens and rabbits. The [...]

Is celebrity perjury undercutting the foundation of American justice?

Is celebrity perjury undercutting the foundation of American justice?

Recently four high profile public figures, Bernie Madoff, Martha Stewart, “Scooter” Libby and Barry Bonds lied under oath. In his new book “Tangled Webs,” author James Stewart argues that this behavior is emblematic of a troubling trend in American society, that the celebrated and the very wealthy often perceive themselves to be above the law. [...]

Peter Bart’s tales of the movies and the mob at Paramount

Peter Bart’s tales of the movies and the mob at Paramount

In 1967, Peter Bart made a risky decision to leave his job as a reporter at the New York Times and go to work at Paramount with his friend, the legendary Robert Evans. As inexperienced as they were, the two of them set about to breath new life into the studio of Hitchcock, Wilder and [...]

Alphabetter Juice: or, The Joy of Text

Alphabetter Juice: or, The Joy of Text

Roy Blount Jr.—you’ve heard him on "Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!" but did you know he is a usage consultant to the American Heritage Dictionary? Blount’s love affair with words is clear from his previous book’s subtitle: The Energies, Gists, and Spirits of Letters, Words, and Combinations Thereof; Their Roots, Bones, Innards, Piths, Pips, and [...]

Caltech and Fuller in a virtuous partnership

Caltech and Fuller in a virtuous partnership

Can science explain why we “do good?” The Travis Research Institute at Fuller Theological Seminary and Caltech have been researching what happens in the brain that leads some people to act in a virtuous manner. The goal of this research is to explore the empirical and philosophical underpinnings of virtuous action. The research team used [...]

Joint Ventures: Inside America’s almost legal marijuana industry

Joint Ventures: Inside America’s almost legal marijuana industry

There are more marijuana dispensaries in California than public schools. In Denver, Colorado, there are more dispensaries than Starbucks and liquor stores combined. And yet the industry is still largely unknown to many of us. Trish Regan, who gained notoriety with her Emmy-nominated documentary Marijuana, Inc., goes behind the scenes in her new book to [...]

An insider’s look at Area 51

An insider’s look at Area 51

It’s nearly impossible to think about Area 51 without images of flying saucers and extraterrestrials being conjured in one’s head. The clandestine location has long been inextricably tied to conspiracy theories, government cover-ups and “proof” of life in outer space. This Sunday at 10pm ET/PT, the National Geographic Channel is premiering Area 51 Declassified, a [...]

The entitlement problem child Medicare: is it going broke & why won’t people sign up for PCIP?

The entitlement problem child Medicare: is it going broke & why won’t people sign up for PCIP?

It seemed like a well meaning element of the controversial Affordable Health Care Act: until the full reform plan kicks into gear in 2014, give a chance to people with preexisting medical conditions—people who have the most difficulties finding insurance—a chance to apply for low-cost coverage. But after nearly a year in practice, only 18,313 [...]

It’s not easy to be green, especially if you’re Wal-Mart

It’s not easy to be green, especially if you’re Wal-Mart

In his new book “Force of Nature,” Pulitzer Prize- winning journalist and author Ed Humes tells the story of the unlikely partnership between H. Lee Scott, the CEO of Wal-Mart and Jib Ellison, a sustainability consultant and how they’ve struggled to define what is means for the biggest of big box superstores to go green. [...]