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Pulling the “parent trigger” at McKinley Elementary

Pulling the “parent trigger” at McKinley Elementary

A little known law passed in January allows parents in a failing school to force a change. If 51% or more sign a petition it can trigger a forcible transformation of the school either by shutting it down, making it a charter or demanding other radical changes. 1,300 of California’s 10,000 schools are eligible, but [...]

Jamming down the road: preventing cell phone use while driving, whether you like it or not

Jamming down the road: preventing cell phone use while driving, whether you like it or not

Even with laws on the books in several states that are supposed to enforce hands-free cell phone use in cars, we all have seen people furiously talking or typing away at their phones while driving—we all have probably been guilty of an infraction or two ourselves. There is a policy that is being kicked around [...]

The struggle for survival in the Obama White House

The struggle for survival in the Obama White House

After the “shellacking” the Democrats took in the mid-term elections, the President is understandably weakened in his ability to direct policy and drive his vision for the country. In his new book "Revival," political reporter Richard Wolffe looks inside the White House at Obama’s inner-circle and the fight to maintain control in Washington. He explains [...]

Adam Carolla: comedian, angry, middle-aged, white guy, and social commentator

Adam Carolla: comedian, angry, middle-aged, white guy, and social commentator

Why should a rough, tough, bearded man clearly old enough to drink be asked for ID at a bar? And why did public schools decide to remove the climbing rope from gym class? Famed radio host, actor, and angry man extraordinaire Adam Carolla asks these questions and more in his new book, In Fifty Years [...]

Holiday DVD gift ideas

Holiday DVD gift ideas

Not sure what to give your friends and loved ones for the holidays? Take a cue from our movie experts and show your love by gifting some of the best DVDs of the year. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Honoring Hollywood greats and holiday gift ideas

Honoring Hollywood greats and holiday gift ideas

Our fabulous FilmWeek critics stick around to share their stories about some of the big names in the industry. They discuss the works of actor Leslie Nielsen and director Irvin Kershner. And, not sure what to give your friends and loved ones for the holidays? Take a cue from our movie experts and show your [...]

A Renegade History Of The United States

A Renegade History Of The United States

Historian and cultural critic Thaddeus Russell asks a simple and shocking question with his new book, <i>A Renegade History of The United States</i> – what if Americans owe their modern social freedoms to their least desirable social classes? Taking Howard Zinn’s revisionism to even less mainstream conclusions, Russell provides an overview of American history through [...]

Got a question or criticism about NPR policies? Ask away

Got a question or criticism about NPR policies? Ask away

Are you still fuming about the firing of Juan Williams? Do you think NPR over stepped its bounds by banning its employees from attending John Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity? Should NPR be de-funded or defended? Ombudsman Alicia Shepard makes herself available to KPCC’s audience and invites your questions and comments about policies at NPR. [...]

Selling the Fountain of Youth

Selling the Fountain of Youth

Advertising and anti-aging industry stake holders have done it – they have taken the most natural of all processes, growing old, and transformed it into something to be avoided, fought, and even feared. Got wrinkles? Varicose veins? Gray hair? There’s a cream for all of it, and what’s more, that cream is selling – quickly. [...]

Luka and the Fire of Life – a young hero’s quest to save his father

Luka and the Fire of Life – a young hero’s quest to save his father

Salman Rushdie’s latest novel, Luka and the Fire of Life, was inspired in part by his 13-year old son Milan and the video games he plays. Drawing on the same family of characters featured in Haroun and the Sea of Stories, the award-winning author uses his signature style to push against the divide between adult [...]