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Could babies cure bullies?

Could babies cure bullies?

Bullying has been around for a long time, but with the advent of social media, it’s harder than ever (or impossible) for kids to escape. Suicides linked to cyber-bullying get a lot of media attention, but not much is said about treatment options for the bullies themselves. The usual response is to get tough and [...]

The OTHER debt commission takes its turn forcing America to stare down its indebted reality

The OTHER debt commission takes its turn forcing America to stare down its indebted reality

It’s a rare feat in American politics to make proposals that are equally condemned by Republicans and Democrats, which is exactly what President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform managed to do last week with recommendations on reducing the nation’s multi-trillion-dollar debt. From drastic cuts in defense spending to tough reform of heritage [...]

Statistics are facts, right?

Statistics are facts, right?

In a world filled with opinions, many of us are starved for facts. And statistics seem like a pretty reliable place to turn for sustenance. Take these for example: “diet and brain-teasers will make you 40% smarter;” “blonds will be extinct by the year 2202;” “new moisturizer delivers 70% more moisture in every drop.” These [...]

Talk dirty to me: breaking down the messy political language of the midterm election

Talk dirty to me: breaking down the messy political language of the midterm election

Are you tired of those <i>Astroturf wing nuts</i>? Let down by the <i>Lame-stream media</i>? Feel unseen by those pushing for <i>Obama-care,/i>? Are you frustrated by <i>Islamophobia</i>? Man-up. <i>Great Recession</i>. <i>Tea-Party</i>. <i>Grass Roots</i>. <i>Climate Change</i> and <i>Global Warming</i>. <i>Housekeeper-gate</i>. <i>Aqua Buddha</i>. <i>Shellacking</i>. Calm down, we aren’t talking about the 2012 elections. This last mid-term election, just [...]

Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality

Sex at Dawn:  The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality

Humans are natural monogamists right? Not so fast! In their new book, <i>Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origin of Modern Sexuality</i>, psychologist Christopher Ryan and psychiatrist Cacilda Jethá suggest that monogamy is actually the furthest thing from human sexual nature. Using evidence from anthropology, archaeology, primatology, anatomy and psychosexuality, as well as trends like less [...]

Trashing your boss online – protected speech or grounds for termination?

Trashing your boss online – protected speech or grounds for termination?

The National Labor Relations Board last week intervened to prevent the firing of an employee for insulting her boss online. Dawnmarie Souza was dismissed by American Medical Response of Connecticut after posting on Facebook “several vulgarities” about her supervisor including calling him a “17,” ambulance-service lingo for psychiatric patient. Because Souza’s coworkers chimed in, the [...]

Nora Ephron remembers nothing

Nora Ephron remembers nothing

She’s the writer behind <i>When Harry Met Sally</i> and <i>Julie and Julia</i>, but first she’s a woman. Writer/producer Nora Ephron follows up her last book <i>I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman</i> with <i>I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections</i>, which delves into the issues many women deal with – [...]

FilmWeek: Morning Glory, Unstoppable, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Elliot Spitzer, and more

FilmWeek: Morning Glory, Unstoppable, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Elliot Spitzer, and more

KPCC film critics Wade Major and Tim Cogshell join Larry to review the week’s new film releases including Morning Glory, Unstoppable, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Elliot Spitzer, Cool It, The Taqwacores, and The Kids Grow Up, among others. TGI-FilmWeek! Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

The food-mood connection – science vs. myth

The food-mood connection – science vs. myth

Do carbs calm you down? Is chocolate really an aphrodisiac? Conventional wisdom has it that certain foods bring us up or down, clear our brains or make us sleepy, hype kids up or take the edge off pain. Though particular foods do have an effect on the brain's production of neurotransmitters that may influence mood [...]

The children of soldiers

The children of soldiers

According to a study by the RAND Corporation, nearly 20 percent of military service members who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan report symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder or major depression. But a recent study published in the journal <i>Pediatrics</i> shows that the children of these soldiers are also suffering. The study shows that [...]