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Insect-opedia

Insect-opedia

I’m 8-inches long; I have six legs and compound eyes. What am I? Find out in Hugh Raffles’ new book, <i>Insect-opedia</i>. Packed to the brim with knowledge ranging from the practical—when is it okay to swat?—to fun trivia—why does the fainting beetle faint?—to information regarding the importance of insects to the biodiversity of their habitat, [...]

The fine line between fame and madness

The fine line between fame and madness

Rolling Stone journalist Neil Strauss has been called the Mike Tyson of interviewers. He does indeed have a way of wrestling with his subjects darkest sides. He made Lady Gaga cry, goes to the Church of Scientology with Tom Cruise, and gets kidnapped by Courtney Love. He has gathered highlights from some 3,000 interviews he’s [...]

Los Angeles: the Wild West no more?

Los Angeles: the Wild West no more?

The second amendment guarantees the right to bear arms, but in the City of Los Angeles there may be new regulations on where and how one carries a weapon. The city council met today to discuss legislation that would ban the carrying of an unloaded, exposed, handgun in any public place or street within the [...]

Aerotropolis: A new economic paradigm for the future?

Aerotropolis: A new economic paradigm for the future?

Airports used to be basic transportation hubs with little or no commerce located on the outskirts of large cities. These days the most modern and competitive airport is known as an “aerotropolis,” a state-of-the-art airport surrounded by high-end shopping, fine dining, customized transit links and corporate suburbs that connect people to the global marketplace. In [...]

Gay history: to teach or not to teach? And does it make a difference?

Gay history: to teach or not to teach? And does it make a difference?

Should California’s next textbooks be re-written to reflect the contributions and role of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans to society? That’s the aim of a new bill (SB 48) Senator Mark Leno is proposing in an attempt to combat harassment of gays by their classmates. Proponents of the bill, including some religious leaders and [...]

Not your Founding Fathers Electoral College: could a popular presidential vote be coming?

Not your Founding Fathers Electoral College: could a popular presidential vote be coming?

It seems that nobody likes the Electoral College—Al Gore certainly didn’t like it in 2000, when he beat George W. Bush by roughly 500,000 popular votes but lost to him in the Electoral College vote. Aaron Burr didn’t much care for the Electoral College in 1800 and a little later, in 1888 to be exact, [...]

Can peer pressure solve as many problems as it creates?

Can peer pressure solve as many problems as it creates?

We often think of peer pressure as a motivator of bad behavior, but what about harnessing it for positive ends? In the new book "Join The Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform The World," Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tina Rosenberg examines the power of peer groups to shape personal and social action in areas as diverse [...]

Quest for Fire turns 30

Quest for Fire turns 30

Ron Perlman and Nameer El-Kadi tell Off-Ramp’s John Rabe about their first movie: 1981's "Quest for Fire," a landmark film about human life on Earth 80,000 years ago. Jean-Jacques Annaud's "Quest for Fire" is an actor's film. Ron Perlman and Nameer El-Kadi say their first movie was also the hardest movie shoot they've ever been [...]

Confronting the challenges to Boyle Heights: health care, housing & harmony

Confronting the challenges to Boyle Heights: health care, housing & harmony

Walk through the neighborhood of Boyle Heights, just east of downtown Los Angeles, and you see the history of the city unfold before your eyes. From the Boyle Hotel built in 1889 to historic synagogues and Mariachi Plaza. The cultural, religious and ethnic melting pot that is Los Angeles starts in Boyle Heights and emanates [...]

Creative headlines are underrated

Creative headlines are underrated

Today AirTalk kicks off a semi-regular series on creativity that looks at emerging research in the field. In terms of science, creativity often gets a bum rap for being overly squishy or merely mystical. But researchers say there’s a strong correlation between creativity and happiness, which makes it worth study and discussion. When it comes [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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