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From piano to prog – eclectic musical adventures at LA Chamber Orchestra

From piano to prog – eclectic musical adventures at LA Chamber Orchestra

Now in its 43rd year, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra begins its 2011-2012 season with customary flair and innovation. Two adventurous West Coast premieres are on the program, to be conducted by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane: Osvaldo Golijov’s richly orchestrated Siderious, based on the writings of Galileo after he observed the moon through a telescope […]

The Dolphin in the Mirror: Exploring Dolphin Minds and Saving Dolphin Lives

The Dolphin in the Mirror: Exploring Dolphin Minds and Saving Dolphin Lives

Dolphins are second only to humans in some intellectual features and are believed to be close cognitive cousins of chimpanzees. They can recognize themselves in a mirror and possess self awareness – a trait once thought to be uniquely human. Despite that, dolphins around the globe are often mistreated and even slaughtered. One pioneer of […]

Emmy Awards 2011 golden wrap up

Emmy Awards 2011 golden wrap up

It was all glitz and glam at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles Sunday night as stars convened for the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. The ceremony was hosted by Glee’s Jane Lynch and featured 25 major categories. The competition in the Outstanding Drama Series category was especially fierce, with shows like Boardwalk Empire, Dexter, […]

Co-workers can be dangerous to your health

Co-workers can be dangerous to your health

A study done over 20 years by researchers at Tel Aviv University reinforces what we all secretly knew: your co-workers are responsible for your health and happiness in the workplace. But did you know they could be responsible for your early death, too? Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

FilmWeek: Drive, The Lion King 3-D, Straw Dogs, Contagion and more

FilmWeek: Drive, The Lion King 3-D, Straw Dogs, Contagion and more

Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan, Tim Cogshell and Charles Solomon to discuss this week’s films including Drive, The Lion King 3-D, Straw Dogs, Contagion and more. Plus, critic Peter Rainer calls in to discuss his account of the Toronto Film Festival. TGI-FilmWeek! Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Just My Type: A Book about Fonts

Just My Type: A Book about Fonts

What font does KPCC use on its website? And why does it use that font? Simon Garfield, author of <i>Just My Type: A Book about Fonts</i>, probably knows the answer. Fonts may seem trivial but the role they play in our lives is large: from billboards to album covers to greeting cards, each font is […]

Scientology, America’s most secretive religion

Scientology, America’s most secretive religion

Despite its significant following and its high-profile adherents like Tom Cruise and John Travolta, the ins and outs of Scientology remain for the most part a well-kept secret. Rolling Stone journalist Janet Reitman spent five years researching the organization to uncover what lies behind its fortress of mystery. In her new book “Inside Scientology” she […]

Do you prefer natural or fake: a bitter battle over sugar

Do you prefer natural or fake: a bitter battle over sugar

The beginnings of a high stakes battle of the sweeteners entered a Los Angeles court this week, as a cadre of sugar farmers and the C&H Sugar Company mounted a legal offense against makers of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

The soundtrack for social change

The soundtrack for social change

During the 1963 March on Washington, folk, blues and gospel singer Odetta unleashed her melodic and powerful voice for the cause of civil rights. She is just one of the many artists who have used music as a force for social change. Billie Holiday’s 1939 recording “Strange Fruit” was a groundbreaking statement against the horrors […]

Contagion: science goes to the movies

Contagion: science goes to the movies

What does a seizure look like? How can you self- vaccinate in an outbreak? Which is the correct way to pipette liquid nitrogen? Those are just some of the questions scientists were called in to consult on during the making of last weekend’s box office winner “Contagion.” Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs