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Trashing your boss online – protected speech or grounds for termination?

Trashing your boss online – protected speech or grounds for termination?

The National Labor Relations Board last week intervened to prevent the firing of an employee for insulting her boss online. Dawnmarie Souza was dismissed by American Medical Response of Connecticut after posting on Facebook “several vulgarities” about her supervisor including calling him a “17,” ambulance-service lingo for psychiatric patient. Because Souza’s coworkers chimed in, the [...]

Nora Ephron remembers nothing

Nora Ephron remembers nothing

She’s the writer behind <i>When Harry Met Sally</i> and <i>Julie and Julia</i>, but first she’s a woman. Writer/producer Nora Ephron follows up her last book <i>I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman</i> with <i>I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections</i>, which delves into the issues many women deal with – [...]

FilmWeek: Morning Glory, Unstoppable, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Elliot Spitzer, and more

FilmWeek: Morning Glory, Unstoppable, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Elliot Spitzer, and more

KPCC film critics Wade Major and Tim Cogshell join Larry to review the week’s new film releases including Morning Glory, Unstoppable, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Elliot Spitzer, Cool It, The Taqwacores, and The Kids Grow Up, among others. TGI-FilmWeek! Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

The food-mood connection – science vs. myth

The food-mood connection – science vs. myth

Do carbs calm you down? Is chocolate really an aphrodisiac? Conventional wisdom has it that certain foods bring us up or down, clear our brains or make us sleepy, hype kids up or take the edge off pain. Though particular foods do have an effect on the brain's production of neurotransmitters that may influence mood [...]

The children of soldiers

The children of soldiers

According to a study by the RAND Corporation, nearly 20 percent of military service members who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan report symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder or major depression. But a recent study published in the journal <i>Pediatrics</i> shows that the children of these soldiers are also suffering. The study shows that [...]

Sins of greenwashing – are eco-friendly products better for the world or just more hype?

Sins of greenwashing – are eco-friendly products better for the world or just more hype?

Supermarkets and drugstores are flooded with products claiming to be “green.” Driven by strong consumer demand, the number of green (or greener) products has risen by 73%. But according to a recent study by Terrachoice, an environmental marketing consulting practice, 95% of products sold in North America make misleading claims about safety and sustainability. Government [...]

The end of class-action lawsuits? The Supreme Court hears AT&T v. Concepcion

The end of class-action lawsuits? The Supreme Court hears AT&T v. Concepcion

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in a case that could altogether do away with class-action lawsuits. This most unlikely case, involving a couple who got a “free” phone but was forced to pay sales tax, is being touted as one of the most important consumer rights cases to come before the high court [...]

It’s a bird, it’s a plane… it’s an unmanned aerial drone spying on me

It’s a bird, it’s a plane… it’s an unmanned aerial drone spying on me

Up until now, unmanned aerial vehicles were these exotic machines used in times of war to spy on enemies or take them out altogether, but think of the endless applications of airborne craft that are small, maneuverable and free of those pesky pilots. From airborne traffic analysts watching over the freeway networks of L.A. to [...]

The master interpreter of song, Frank Sinatra

The master interpreter of song, Frank Sinatra

Equal parts charismatic and enigma, Frank Sinatra is arguably the best-known entertainer of the twentieth century. But behind the blue eyes and velvet voice, in the shadow of the legend is the life of a real man. In his new book, <i>Frank: The Voice,</i> author James Kaplan fills in the details of Sinatra’s story in [...]

From Plymouth Rock to Rockefeller Plaza

From Plymouth Rock to Rockefeller Plaza

Was it the Puritan value system that shaped America’s managerial culture, turning a few tiny colonies into the greatest economic and political power on earth? The authors of The Puritan Gift contend that the Protestant ethic – thriftiness, individualism tempered with cooperative spirit, the equation of success with divine approval – makes up the core [...]