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Diablo Canyon – quake safe?

Diablo Canyon – quake safe?

California Senator Sam Blakeslee (R-San Luis Obispo) is calling for a seismic study of the Diablo Canyon power plant before PG&E is allowed to renew licenses to operate the facility through 2045. At a hearing this week he expressed deep concerns about a “culture of disregard and risk.” Blakeslee, who has a doctorate in earthquake [...]

Republican strategist Frank Luntz on the future of the Republican Party

Republican strategist Frank Luntz on the future of the Republican Party

No one understands the power of words like political pollster Frank Luntz. Coining euphemisms like "energy exploration" (for oil drilling) and popularizing phrases like the "death tax” (a.k.a the estate tax), Luntz has made a career of marketing, sloganeering and devising useful—albeit divisive—rhetoric for the Republican Party. Fast forward to the present day, and Republican [...]

Roy Campanella – most valuable baseball player and person

Roy Campanella – most valuable baseball player and person

Roy Campanella, a.k.a. Campy, was one of the first African-American baseball players to break the color barrier after Jackie Robinson. A mere three years later he became the National League’s Most Valuable Player. He had the respect of legends of the game including Joe DiMaggio who called him “a wizard,” and Ty Cobb who said [...]

EPA director Lisa Jackson on funding and new toxic standards

EPA director Lisa Jackson on funding and new toxic standards

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Lisa Jackson is in Los Angeles today, after a month of defending the agency’s 2012 budget in Congressional hearings, and most recently from accompanying President Obama on his trip to Brazil. She talks with Patt about the battle for the agency’s funding—of which House Republicans still want to cut a [...]

Two months until the end of the world—what’s behind the apocalyptic billboards all over L.A.?

Two months until the end of the world—what’s behind the apocalyptic billboards all over L.A.?

There’s one billboard that has the image of a man kneeling in front of a mountain, proclaiming the return of Jesus Christ on May 21st. Another billboard is almost playful, with a “save the date” memo as the backdrop, against claiming that Jesus is returning in May. There have been proclamations about the end of [...]

Holding elementary school kids back, in hope of a better future

Holding elementary school kids back, in hope of a better future

Whether it makes sense to hold struggling students back a year, in hopes that they’ll do better the second time around, is a hotly debated and contentious education issue. No one likes the idea of being “held back.” But if extra tutoring or time in summer school isn’t enough to improve academic performance, retention might [...]

Here’s looking at you Bogie

Here’s looking at you Bogie

Actor Humphrey Bogart was America’s preeminent motion picture tough guy. In the 1940s and 50s he starred in some of the most beloved classics of American cinema including The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, The Big Sleep and The African Queen. “Bogie” was a top box office attraction then, and now, even as time goes by, his [...]

Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them

Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them

Ted Danson has tackled roles from the lovable Sam Malone on the hit sitcom “Cheers” to the young-at-heart but often self-reflective and wise George Christopher on the HBO series “Bored to Death.” Yet his longest-lasting role is real-life environmentalist—one especially concerned with the real and pressing dangers facing the world’s oceanic biosystem. The book he [...]

Print wasn’t always dead, man

Print wasn’t always dead, man

The social revolution of the 1960s affected more than just the tempo of music and the style of jeans; it also laid the foundation for dramatic shifts in culture and media. In Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America, John McMillian details the ascent of the New Left [...]

Is L.A. ready for a tsunami in Santa Monica Bay?

Is L.A. ready for a tsunami in Santa Monica Bay?

We’ve all watched Japanese citizens face three tremendous disasters in recent days and have been amazed at their calm, cooperative demeanor. In contrast, Angelenos rioted in the streets and destroyed cars and storefronts when the Lakers won the NBA championship last June, supposedly in celebration. Is this city ready to face a disaster as all [...]