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St. John’s Web Exclusive

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As part of KPCC’s focus on health care reform, our own Patt Morrison visited St. John’s Well Child and Family Center in South Los Angeles, where she spoke with medical practitioners, public health officials, local politicians and patients. Here are stories of health care realities and hopes for health care reforms through the eyes of […]

Patients

Patients

Patt sits down with some of the patients at the Clinic and askes what brings them there and what keeps them coming back. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Demon sheep run amok—California’s senate race takes a bahhhd twist

Demon sheep run amok—California’s senate race takes a bahhhd twist

Whether Carly Fiorina’s campaign intended for their new attack video against Tom Campbell to become an internet sensation or not, the now infamous “demon sheep” ad has gone viral. The bizarre metaphor that the video attempts to set up is of many politicians, or sheep, labeling themselves as fiscal conservatives but in reality being “fiscal […]

No Yoo didn’t

No Yoo didn’t

Part of the territory of being an attorney is being unpopular, but John Yoo might possibly be the most well known, unpopular attorney of our generation. The former Bush justice official who was behind the infamous Bybee “torture” memo, turning P.O.W’s into “Enemy Combatants,” and giving the legal backing to unconstitutional wiretapping, to name just […]

True stories from Up in the Air

True stories from Up in the Air

In the film Up in the Air, George Clooney plays Ryan Bingham, a corporate frequent flier whose job is to tell others that they've lost theirs. But to cast Bingham's subjects, director Jason Reitman searched for people who had been laid off in real life. He placed an ad in the paper about a documentary […]

Teen pregnancies, abortions on the rise: is it sex ed or media?

Teen pregnancies, abortions on the rise: is it sex ed or media?

A report out from the Guttmacher Institute shows that teenage pregnancies and abortions began to rise in 2005 after more than a decade on the decline. Proponents of comprehensive sex education say it’s clear evidence of the failure of President Bush’s abstinence-only sex education in public schools, while abstinence-only advocates blame the sex-saturated media culture […]

Are vegetative patients able to think?

Are vegetative patients able to think?

In a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers report that a form of brain scanning could be used to determine the consciousness of patients who appear to be in a persistent vegetative state. Using functional magnetic resonance, five patients showed brain activity that indicated awareness and intent, with one patient […]

I’m Still Standing

I’m Still Standing

In 2003, during the earliest days of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Shoshana Johnson was captured when the 507th maintenance company was attacked. In I’m Still Standing Shoshana chronicles her capture, the 22 days she was held as a POW, her rescue and recovery. Patt sits down with the first female POW from Operation Iraqi Freedom to […]

Sonic Boom: Globalization at Mach Speed

Sonic Boom: Globalization at Mach Speed

Amid the recession’s doom and gloom, one author is trying to spread cheer. Gregg Easterbrook believes our capacity for innovation and new ideas will yield a sudden burst of growth for the global economy. Are our present woes a minor bust signaling booms to come? Or does unfettered optimism about America’s economic future prompt bad […]

How big of a problem is the national deficit?

How big of a problem is the national deficit?

Perhaps in a foreshadowing of his $3.8 trillion budget proposal coming down the pike, President Obama last week proposed—and the Congress rejected—a bill to create a special commission to address the federal deficit. Yesterday (Monday), he effectively increased that deficit to $1.6 trillion for this fiscal year, leaving our national debt hovering somewhere around $13 […]