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The Science of Suffering

The Science of Suffering

Chronic pain is more widespread, misdiagnosed, and untreated than any major disease in America, affecting as much as 10% of the population. In her new book “The Pain Chronicles,” author Melanie Thernstrom outlines the history of medicine’s quest to alleviate pain from the first use of ether for surgery in 1842 to the modern use [...]

The creativity crisis

The creativity crisis

Creativity has been defined as the production of something original and useful, and our ability to employ this kind of divergent thinking is called the creativity quotient, or “CQ.” In 1958, four hundred Minneapolis children completed a series of tasks designed by psychologists to assess their innate creativity. Over the next 50 years, the psychologists [...]

California’s health insurance future – a conversation with Rep. John Garamendi

California’s health insurance future – a conversation with Rep. John Garamendi

The healthcare overhaul law is here to stay. As states are deciding how to deal with implementing the new requirements, California has already come forward with a bill to set up its new healthcare exchange. But how will it all work? As a former State Insurance Commissioner, House Representative John Garamendi knows his stuff. The [...]

In Praise of Adoption

In Praise of Adoption

There are 1.5 million adopted children in the United States and 58 percent of Americans know someone who has been adopted, has adopted a child, or has relinquished a child for adoption. Scott Simon, host of NPR’s “Weekend Edition” joins Larry Mantle to tell the story of how he and his wife Caroline found true [...]

The Murder Room

The Murder Room

Everyone’s heard of the literary detective extraordinaire Sherlock Holmes, but perhaps fewer have heard of the real life French detective, Eugene Francois Vidocq, who inspired Holmes’ character. Even fewer have heard of the Vidocq Society, a group of 82 of the world’s greatest detectives and investigators, which meets monthly to solve cold cases. Sounds like [...]

Special Editions: are they worth your time and money?

Special Editions: are they worth your time and money?

“Directors Cut,” “Special Edition,” “Expanded Edition,”… no matter what you call them, are repacked releases a gimmick? In light of Avatar’s theatrical re-release as a special edition with additional footage, David Lazarus takes your calls about Special Edition releases to theaters and home video….are they worth it? Which have you liked, or not? Read the [...]

Tales of two school districts: LAUSD’s huge disparities & how to fix them

Tales of two school districts: LAUSD’s huge disparities & how to fix them

Student A attends El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, one of the top-achieving public schools in the state, a school that is a regular finalist in national Academic Decathlon competitions with plenty of advanced placement classes available, located in a bucolic upper-middle class neighborhood. Student B attends Belmont Senior High School in Westlake, [...]

Conversations with California’s congressmen and women – Rep. Xavier Becerra

Conversations with California’s congressmen and women – Rep. Xavier Becerra

Continuing our series of conversations with California’s lawmakers, we talk with Congressman Xavier Becerra, Democrat from Los Angeles. As members of Congress get ready to go back to DC after their recess ends in early September, they're preparing to deal with a number of issues — among them are the unprecedented rate of unemployment, the [...]

Danger – Email ahead!

Danger – Email ahead!

Ever hit SEND…and immediately regret it? The ease of e-communication has unleashed a Pandora’s inbox of potential sins, from careless cc’ing to office over-sharing to completely avoidable misunderstandings. These transgressions can cause more than embarrassment – they can result in career suicide or even bring down a corporation. Author Will Schwalbe joins guest host David [...]

Conversations with California’s congressmen and women – Rep. Adam Schiff

Conversations with California’s congressmen and women – Rep. Adam Schiff

As members of Congress get ready to go back to DC after their recess ends in early September, they're preparing to deal with a number of issues. Among them are the unprecedented rate of unemployment, the continuing economic downturn, and foreign relations issues. To top it all, mid-term elections are rapidly approaching, elections which could [...]