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Best Buy "cures" buyer’s remorse: should you future-proof your technology?

Best Buy "cures" buyer’s remorse: should you future-proof your technology?

“In today’s world, technology changes faster than the weather. This makes us all nervous and unable to commit to a technology purchase. What if today’s latest and greatest is tomorrow’s not-so latest and greatest? It’s like buying a boombox a week before mp3 players come out.” This is Best Buy’s pitch, in a cartoon video [...]

Justice Department and big tobacco spar over proposed “corrective statement” ads

Justice Department and big tobacco spar over proposed “corrective statement” ads

Imagine a pack of smokes at 7/11 featuring the cool Indian Chief smoking and a label that reads: "This is Philip Morris. Just a friendly heads up: we are liars. Smoking kills and the Indian Chief on this box probably already has lung cancer." The Justice Department says cigarette manufacturers should publish similar “corrective statements” [...]

Zero-sum future: American power in the age of anxiety

Zero-sum future: American power in the age of anxiety

The Information Age has given way to an Age of Anxiety, as Gideon Rachman sees it. In his new book, <i>Zero-Sum Future</i>, the chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times depicts a financially stable China manufacturing most of America’s products, a potentially unstable Middle East possessing most of the world’s oil, and America exercising [...]

FilmWeek’s Oscar preview from the Egyptian Theatre

FilmWeek’s Oscar preview from the Egyptian Theatre

AirTalk rolled out the red carpet at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood for our 9th annual Academy Awards Preview show. Larry and KPCC's FilmWeek critics Andy Klein, Lael Loewenstein, Wade Major, Claudia Puig, Peter Rainer, Henry Sheehan, Charles Solomon, and Tim Cogshell talked about the best movies of the year and which ones should take [...]

Comedy Congress live from the Crawford Family Forum!

Comedy Congress live from the Crawford Family Forum!

The only true medicine for the pain of politics is laughter—after all, if we weren’t laughing at the (mostly) unintentional humor emanating from Washington D.C. and state capitols, chances are we’d be crying. As Republicans take over the House gridlock has settled into Congress while both sides insist on refighting old fights. Haven’t we seen [...]

High school teacher’s job in jeopardy over blog posts

High school teacher’s job in jeopardy over blog posts

When "Ms. Munroe," a local high school teacher in Pennsylvania, started a blog as a way of keeping in touch with friends and family she had no idea that it would one day be discovered by students and embroil in a debate about the limits of online speech. The teacher's blog posts often referred to [...]

A man with a stammer or a dancer with demons? It’s Oscar time.

A man with a stammer or a dancer with demons? It’s Oscar time.

The 83rd annual Academy Award presentation is Sunday night. James Franco and Anne Hathaway are hosting. The two are rumored to be reenacting famous movie scenes. So if you don’t want to hear their rendition of “You’re the One that I Want” from the musical Grease, you may want to locate the mute button. Oh [...]

Marriage the Spousonomics way – do more dishes, have more sex & go to bed angry

Marriage the Spousonomics way – do more dishes, have more sex & go to bed angry

The problems that plague your marriage may finally have been solved – not by a relationship expert, not by Oprah, but by…economists. "Spousonomics" written by Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson, posits that a marriage is an economy, a business with two partners (usually) and finite resources (also, usually), all of which need to be managed [...]

No More DOMA, says Obama

No More DOMA, says Obama

In a sweeping policy shift today, the Obama administration announced its decision to discontinue enforcement of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which heretofore invalidated same-sex marriage at the federal level. Speaking on behalf of the administration, Attorney General Eric Holder called DOMA unconstitutional; citing that “classifications based on sexual orientation” merited the use of [...]

Suicide of a former NFL player brings the issue of head trauma into a disturbing new light

Suicide of a former NFL player brings the issue of head trauma into a disturbing new light

Dave Duerson was an 11-year safety with the Chicago Bears, selected for the Pro Bowl four times and a businessman who grew a food company into a multimillion-dollar success. At 50-years-old Duerson shot himself in the chest last Thursday, committing suicide in such a way that his brain would be intact and available for ongoing [...]

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