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POSTPONED UNTIL MONDAY: Karen Bass running for Congress

POSTPONED UNTIL MONDAY: Karen Bass running for Congress
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Assembly Speaker Karen Bass announced on Wednesday that she will run for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Diane Watson, D-Los Angeles. The 56-year-old Los Angeles Democrat has been in the Assembly since 2004 and is the first black woman and first Democratic woman to serve as Assembly speaker. Bass will be a strong […]

Wheels of Change – Zero to 600 m.p.h.

Wheels of Change – Zero to 600 m.p.h.

It’s not possible to imagine California without cars; today we’re known for our vast network of freeways and bumper-to-bumper traffic, all of which is well documented. But Kevin Nelson, in his new book “Wheels of Change: From Zero to 600 m.p.h.,” brings to life the personalities that helped shape the car culture in California, from […]

Karen Bass running for Congress

Karen Bass running for Congress

Assembly Speaker Karen Bass announced on Wednesday that she will run for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Diane Watson, D-Los Angeles. The 56-year-old Los Angeles Democrat has been in the Assembly since 2004 and is the first black woman and first Democratic woman to serve as Assembly speaker. Bass will be a strong […]

A journey through China from farm to factory

A journey through China from farm to factory

In 2001, Peter Hessler set off on a 7000 mile drive across China. Over the next seven years, he tracked how the country's industrial boom transformed dirt paths into paved roads and small villages into factory towns. Country Driving, the final book in Hessler's China trilogy, explores the human side of the country's economic revolution. […]

The Bargain Junkie

The Bargain Junkie

Who doesn’t love a bargain? But even in today’s fluctuating economy people still want to live a privileged life, even if their bank accounts aren’t as privileged as their “druthers.” Have no fear; Annie Korzen has the plan for you. The self-described “thriftaholic” is spreading her epiphany, promising that even though you’re on a budget, […]

Mothers & daughters, conflict to communication

Mothers & daughters, conflict to communication

The mother-daughter bond is one often fraught with conflict. In many families, this precarious, emotionally charged relationship see-saws between loving closeness and jealous rage. Why all the drama? In his new book Side By Side, clinical psychiatrist Charles Sophy identifies the roots of this conflict, which often begins in infancy, and outlines a communication strategy […]

The man behind KPCC’s new studios

The man behind KPCC’s new studios

KPCC- Southern California Public Radio has grown tremendously since becoming the Southland's only 24/7 public radio news service in 2000. The newsroom has grown from 3 to over 30 journalists, and broadcasting coverage has expanded into Orange County, the Inland Empire, and the Coachella Valley. Now KPCC has a new broadcast center in Pasadena to […]

Can They Do That?

Can They Do That?

If you like your job, I would be careful about that bumper sticker on your car. Most Americans have no clue that the First Amendment doesn’t apply to private corporations at all; you could be fired because of a status update on your Facebook. In terms of its employees, a corporation can fire you for […]

North Korea through the looking glass

North Korea through the looking glass

North Koreans don’t just have a political system—they love and honor the state as mother and Dear Leader as father. Or so says the Korean Central News Agency. In The Cleanest Race, B.R. Myers examines Korean self-perception as embodied in full-color images, films, novels and myths—and why the West has it all wrong when it […]

Man in white

Man in white

In his new book Mark Twain: Man in White, author Michael Shelden brings Twain’s twilight years vividly to life, offering intimate insights into the family life of the legendary author. The book is filled with first-rate scholarship, rare and never-published Twain photos and delightful anecdotes, including numerous recovered Twainisms. This definitive biography of Twain's last […]