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Happy New Year’s Eve! I have no plans

Happy New Year’s Eve! I have no plans

Ah New Year’s Eve, a night of inflated expectations, expensive tabs and hopes for the coming new year that are wrapped up in the symbolism of one overblown night. OK, so we’ve had some bad New Year’s Eve experiences on the Patt Morrison program but as 2010 rolls into 2011, and with an economy that [...]

Rewinding 2010 – the year in music

Rewinding 2010 – the year in music

What was the big music news in 2010? Major collaborations between legendary artists: Elton John & Leon Russell, Neil Young & Daniel Lanois, Brian Wilson and – would you believe – George Gershwin? Big box set releases commemorated Lennon’s 70th birthday, Springsteen’s Darkness on the Edge of Town and everything The King ever recorded – [...]

Why we use euphemisms and what they say about our culture

Why we use euphemisms and what they say about our culture

Kick the bucket. Bun in the oven. Powder your nose. Euphemisms have been with us forever and they aren't going away any time soon. Where did they come from? Did you know that euphemisms originally became widely used as a clever way to avoid blasphemy? In his new book, Euphemania, author Ralph Keyes traces the [...]

This time, he won’t be back: the legacy of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger

This time, he won’t be back: the legacy of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger

In a campaign commercial during his 2003 run for governor, in the midst of a historic and historically crazy recall campaign against Gray Davis, Arnold Schwarzenegger promised simple, decisive action once he took office. “Here’s my plan,” said the eventual governor. “Audit everything. Open the books. And then we end the crazy deficit spending.” Things [...]

Top science stories of 2010 – scandalous speculation & watershed moments

Top science stories of 2010 – scandalous speculation & watershed moments

The interbreeding of early humans and Neanderthals backed by DNA evidence, a microbe that lives on arsenic (or does it?), the electric car makes an electrifying comeback, WikiLeaks delivers a hard lesson in data security, an Icelandic volcano with a nearly unpronounceable erupts, a disaster that blackened Gulf waters – these are some of the [...]

Gavel crosses the aisle for the 112th Congress – what’s in store?

Gavel crosses the aisle for the 112th Congress – what’s in store?

Congress wrapped up its so-called lame-duck session last week with an unexpected string of victories for President Obama and Democrats, including the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the nuclear-arms reduction agreement, a health bill for 9/11 responders, a food safety bill, middle-class tax cuts and the extension of jobless benefits. But legislators taking a [...]

The new chic: civil unions? The French outgrow marriage

The new chic: civil unions? The French outgrow marriage

Ah, Paris. It's one of the most romantic cities in the world and also one of the most trend setting. So if the French are disillusioned with the concept of "happily ever after" and are giving up on the institution of marriage, will the world soon follow? Only 250,000 couples tied the knot in France [...]

50 ways to improve your life in 2011

50 ways to improve your life in 2011

‘Tis the season for lists! Every year, articles come out with detailed “best of” and “worst of” and “most important” lists of everything from songs, movies, television shows, recipes and books, to people and endangered species. The U.S. News & World Report is famous for its ability to rank things and this year rather than [...]

Doctors with borders: how can pediatricians be attracted to work in vulnerable areas?

Doctors with borders: how can pediatricians be attracted to work in vulnerable areas?

Almost 1 million children in the United States live in communities without access to doctors. It's not due to a shortage of doctors, it's because medical professionals are choosing to practice in more affluent neighborhoods, leaving poorer communities without much needed medical services. The National Health Services Corps has been offering loan forgiveness to doctors [...]

FilmWeek: True Grit, Country Strong, Gulliver’s Travels, Little Fockers, Somewhere & more

FilmWeek: True Grit, Country Strong, Gulliver’s Travels, Little Fockers, Somewhere & more

KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan, Wade Major, Andy Klein and animation critic Charles Solomon join Larry to review the week’s new film releases including True Grit, Country Strong, Gulliver's Travels, Little Fockers, Somewhere, among others. TGI-FilmWeek! Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs