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Mothers & daughters, conflict to communication

Mothers & daughters, conflict to communication
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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 […]

Fear of science

Fear of science

Michael Specter is troubled. He’s concerned about what he sees as a growing rejection of science. He believes that the fear of science has hit such an apex that parents are refusing to vaccinate their children due to an unfounded connection to autism, that people are shunning genetically modified foods that have potential of helping […]

Sam Harris picks a fight with God

Sam Harris picks a fight with God

According to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, an amazing 92% of Americans believe in God or a universal spirit—even one in five of self-identified atheists believe in a higher power. Ardent secularist Sam Harris isn’t deterred by those numbers, and in fact has made it his life’s mission to force the faithful […]

Getting personal with your genome, thanks to George Church

Getting personal with your genome, thanks to George Church

George Church’s pioneering research on the human genome helped launch the Human Genome Project, but mapping the genome was just the start. Now Church’s Personal Genome Project is seeking the next step—allowing individuals to have their own genome sequenced so that they may use this information to understand their risk profiles for disease, their physical […]

Are romantic comedies one big set up?

Are romantic comedies one big set up?

Skeptics say Valentine’s Day was invented to make us miserable. What about movies? Whether we like it or not, many of us get our ideas about love from Hollywood. In most romantic comedies, boy meets girl, and a few silly events later, wedding bells chime happily ever after. If we look beyond the cinematic surface, […]

America’s next hundred million

America’s next hundred million

By 2050—and the most conservative estimates—America will add another 100 million people to its population. What will that look like in terms of water rights, home prices, public education and health care? The prospects may seem dim now, but Joel Kotkin says the forecast is pretty sunny. Nourished by mass immigration in a predominantly elderly […]