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Not your Founding Fathers Electoral College: could a popular presidential vote be coming?

Not your Founding Fathers Electoral College: could a popular presidential vote be coming?

It seems that nobody likes the Electoral College—Al Gore certainly didn’t like it in 2000, when he beat George W. Bush by roughly 500,000 popular votes but lost to him in the Electoral College vote. Aaron Burr didn’t much care for the Electoral College in 1800 and a little later, in 1888 to be exact, [...]

Can peer pressure solve as many problems as it creates?

Can peer pressure solve as many problems as it creates?

We often think of peer pressure as a motivator of bad behavior, but what about harnessing it for positive ends? In the new book "Join The Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform The World," Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tina Rosenberg examines the power of peer groups to shape personal and social action in areas as diverse [...]

Quest for Fire turns 30

Quest for Fire turns 30

Ron Perlman and Nameer El-Kadi tell Off-Ramp’s John Rabe about their first movie: 1981's "Quest for Fire," a landmark film about human life on Earth 80,000 years ago. Jean-Jacques Annaud's "Quest for Fire" is an actor's film. Ron Perlman and Nameer El-Kadi say their first movie was also the hardest movie shoot they've ever been [...]

Confronting the challenges to Boyle Heights: health care, housing & harmony

Confronting the challenges to Boyle Heights: health care, housing & harmony

Walk through the neighborhood of Boyle Heights, just east of downtown Los Angeles, and you see the history of the city unfold before your eyes. From the Boyle Hotel built in 1889 to historic synagogues and Mariachi Plaza. The cultural, religious and ethnic melting pot that is Los Angeles starts in Boyle Heights and emanates [...]

Creative headlines are underrated

Creative headlines are underrated

Today AirTalk kicks off a semi-regular series on creativity that looks at emerging research in the field. In terms of science, creativity often gets a bum rap for being overly squishy or merely mystical. But researchers say there’s a strong correlation between creativity and happiness, which makes it worth study and discussion. When it comes [...]

Born to be wild 3D

Born to be wild 3D

Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas is a long time researcher, primatologist and advocate known the world over for her extensive research on orangutans. Her latest project Born To Be Wild 3D is a work of love that chronicles the efforts of conservationists in their pursuits to rescue several types of displaced and endangered species and tells [...]

New research helps ready California for “The Big One”

New research helps ready California for “The Big One”

The San Andreas Fault starts at the Gulf of California in Mexico and winds its way through 810 miles of cities, towns and wilderness to end at the Mendocino coast. It’s the place where two tectonic plates, the Pacific and the North American, have been rubbing against each other for millennia, causing massive temblors like [...]

Take a walk through Boyle Heights and see the problems & the promise of L.A.

Take a walk through Boyle Heights and see the problems & the promise of L.A.

Walk through the neighborhood of Boyle Heights, just east of downtown Los Angeles, and you see the history of the city unfold before your eyes. From the Boyle Hotel built in 1889 to historic synagogues and Mariachi Plaza. The cultural, religious and ethnic melting pot that is Los Angeles starts in Boyle Heights and emanates [...]

Santa Ana’s gentrification wars

Santa Ana’s gentrification wars

Does downtown Santa Ana need a face lift? The Santa Ana City Council has proposed multiple projects to upgrade housing and bring new business activity to the area. But some very vocal and active groups oppose this redevelopment. They argue that these changes will push out family owned businesses and negatively transform the character of [...]

Losing your job to a machine

Losing your job to a machine

How would you feel about a vending machine, instead of a person, serving you your warm pizza, with your topping of choice; asking you if you’d like to buy boxers or briefs; and dispensing your morning coffee or box of cigarettes at the gas station? To cut costs, companies are increasingly turning to machines instead [...]