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Scariest horror movies, past & present

Scariest horror movies, past & present

Shutter Island, Daybreakers and The Wolfman are among the top scary movies of 2010, so far. But if you’re looking to set a spooky mood for Halloween, there are plenty of classics that could scare the bejeebers out of you and your friends. Think: The Exorcist, The Omen, The Blair Witch Project, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, [...]

You only think you saw what you saw – Halloween with the Skeptic Society

You only think you saw what you saw – Halloween with the Skeptic Society

It was dark and stormy night (and by night I mean afternoon, we are on weekdays from 1 – 3pm) at the Mohn Broadcast Center and even though Patt was the only one in the studio she could hear the voices of calls from beyond – no, it isn’t a ghost story it is us [...]

Hoop dreams or NBA nightmares?

Hoop dreams or NBA nightmares?

In playgrounds, school yards and driveways all across America, boys square off to work on their jump shot, dreaming of a career in pro basketball. For those few who make it, the rewards are undeniable – colleges compete for their attention, shoe companies vie for their endorsement, TV cameras turn them into celebrities and the [...]

America through Islamic eyes: how the world’s Muslims view our Muslim controversies

America through Islamic eyes: how the world’s Muslims view our Muslim controversies

The Muslim world has been inexorably intertwined with American society & politics since 9/11, and while stories of intolerance (aimed at all sides by all sides) had seemed to fade away as the country attempted to move past those momentous terror attacks, this past year has brought the theme of a Western-Muslim clash of cultures [...]

Ingrid Betancourt opens up about her time as a FARC hostage

Ingrid Betancourt opens up about her time as a FARC hostage

As a candidate for the Colombian presidency in 2002, she was brave—or foolish—enough to campaign near the jungle stronghold of rebel paramilitaries. That’s when Ingrid Betancourt was taken hostage and held captive for six years, becoming the icon of the government and civilians’ struggle against a drug-fueled armed resistance. Her memoir, <i>Even Silence Has an [...]

Species conservation – is extinction inevitable?

Species conservation – is extinction inevitable?

“Species extinction is rather like death and taxes,” says Stuart Pimm, professor of conservation ecology at Duke University. “They are an inevitable part of life, but you just don’t want them to happen at too great a rate.” He’s responding to the findings released today in the journal Science and announced at the United Nations [...]

Drug violence at the border—will it ever stop?

Drug violence at the border—will it ever stop?

People are dying along the U.S.-Mexico border at alarmingly high rates. 2,657 people were murdered in Ciudad Juarez in 2009 alone. Ed Vulliamy’s new book <i>Amexica: War Along the Borderline</i> explores the complexities of border life, digging deeper into this civil war being fought over access to U.S. drug markets. What can be done to [...]

Coping with Alzheimer’s

Coping with Alzheimer’s

Barry Petersen has seen a lot during his more than three-decade career as a CBS news correspondent—the aftermath of a Thai tsunami, the devastation from a cholera epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the genocide in Rwanda. But none of it prepared him for the anguish he’d feel when he moved his wife Jan, [...]

Green Party underdog for California Governor

Green Party underdog for California Governor

In the race for California's next Governor, frontrunners Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman grab most of the spotlight, but there will be other names on the November 2 ballot – including Green Party candidate Laura Wells. What’s on Wells’ campaign platform? How does she hope to overcome her underdog status and win votes in this [...]

Proposition 23: Debating the future of California’s energy & environment

Proposition 23:  Debating the future of California’s energy & environment

Supporters call Proposition 23 the California Jobs Initiative; opponents label it the Dirty Energy Proposition. Whether it passes or fails Prop 23 promises to shape the future of California's energy & environment policies, for better or for worse. Prop 23 would suspend California's landmark carbon emissions regulation bill, AB32, until the state's unemployment rate drops [...]