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The doctor is in

The doctor is in

Today, AirTalk begins a new, semi-regular series looking at the top health stories, fads and frustrations facing patients and doctors. Making headlines last week, entertainment legend Mickey Rooney testified in front of a Senate Committee on Aging that he was “…unable to avoid becoming a victim of elder abuse.” Through tears, Rooney said it’s time [...]

OK: The Improbable Story of America’s Greatest Word

OK: The Improbable Story of America’s Greatest Word

In his book, <i>OK: The Improbable Story of America's Greatest Word</i>, Allan Metcalf catalogs the origin and now ubiquitous use of the two-letter expression – “O.K.” From presidential campaign advertisements to the pages of literature, the figure of speech in one form or another – including “OK” and “okay” – has permeated the vernacular of [...]

FilmWeek: The Adjustment Bureau, Rango, Strange Case of Angelica, Beastly, Hall Pass and more

FilmWeek: The Adjustment Bureau, Rango, Strange Case of Angelica, Beastly, Hall Pass and more

FilmWeek: KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan, Andy Klein and Charles Solomon join Larry to review the week’s new film releases including The Adjustment Bureau, Rango, Strange Case of Angelica, Beastly, Hall Pass and more. TGI-FilmWeek! Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Manning up: how the rise of women turned men into boys

Manning up: how the rise of women turned men into boys

Twenties are the new 30s, 30s are the new 40s, and… well you get it; and you’ve heard it before. Delayed adulthood has been a phenomenon that’s been talked about for a while now. But Kay Hymowitz edits this phenomenon to say that it’s only in men because of a woman’s inescapable biological clock. Hymowitz [...]

Will generation HOT inherit an unlivable planet?

Will generation HOT inherit an unlivable planet?

Mark Hertsgaard has been writing about global warming for years but it wasn’t until he became a father that the predicted crisis of climate change began to touch him on a deeper level. In his new book Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth, Hertsgaard explores practical responses to the new era of [...]

Balloons over Antarctica

Balloons over Antarctica

Nicknamed the “Little Balloon That Could,” a research balloon was launched in a test run from McMurdo Station in Antarctica in December of last year. Physicist Robyn Millan, principal investigator on the project, anxiously watched as it slowly soared to 112,000 feet, only slightly lower than its goal of 120,000 feet, knowing its success would [...]

The Peace Corps at 50: has it changed with changing times?

The Peace Corps at 50: has it changed with changing times?

Since President John Kennedy signed the Peace Corps into existence in 1961, American men and women have fanned out over the globe as volunteers in underserved areas, working on education, health and HIV/AIDS, the environment, youth development, agriculture and more. Fifty years later, the world has changed but their mission remains the same. How has [...]

The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games are Won

The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games are Won

Does life explain sports? Is it possible that the same behavioral dynamics that apply to our daily existence are equally applicable to athletics? The authors of Sportscasting contend that the reason refs miss calls is the same reason some parents don’t inoculate their kids and that Tiger Woods is prone to making the same mistakes [...]

Deadly San Bruno gas explosion focus of NTSB hearing

Deadly San Bruno gas explosion focus of NTSB hearing

Today, the National Transportation Safety Board started a three-day hearing on the San Bruno accident. Last September, a pipeline rupture sent a giant pillar of fire shooting into the air, killing eight people and leaving dozens of homes in the San Francisco suburb in ruins. A top federal safety official is promising to take “every [...]

Best Buy "cures" buyer’s remorse: should you future-proof your technology?

Best Buy "cures" buyer’s remorse: should you future-proof your technology?

“In today’s world, technology changes faster than the weather. This makes us all nervous and unable to commit to a technology purchase. What if today’s latest and greatest is tomorrow’s not-so latest and greatest? It’s like buying a boombox a week before mp3 players come out.” This is Best Buy’s pitch, in a cartoon video [...]