KPCC Blogs


The Onion’s top stories from the past 4.5 billion years

The Onion’s top stories from the past 4.5 billion years
TumblrEmailOther Share Options

Evolution’s going great, reports trilobite. Woman domesticated. Industrial revolution provides millions of out-of-work children with jobs. Burn your history textbooks, boys and girls, America's finest news source sums up the most significant headlines from the Big Bang forward. The Onion's Joe Garden fills you in on all the stories you were too busy clubbing mastodons […]

The American public has spoken: college football needs playoffs, not bowls!

The American public has spoken: college football needs playoffs, not bowls!

As college football’s “Bowl Season” descends on a football mad country, the debate around the dinner table will reach beyond a national championship for Alabama or Texas, or even the mediocre records of USC and UCLA—instead the Bowl games brings back the debate over a true playoff system for college football, in place of the […]

Best & worst movies of the noughties

Best & worst movies of the noughties

District 9, The Lives of Others, and Pan’s Labyrinth are just three of the best films since 2000, according to users of Internet Movie Database (IMDB). As the noughties come to a close, guest host David Lazarus and KPCC film critics Claudia Puig of USA Today and Wade Major of boxoffice.com look back at the […]

A double major in modern dance and…fat studies? Emerging academic fields

A double major in modern dance and…fat studies? Emerging academic fields

Fat liberation, fat politics, fat science—it’s a new and, yes, growing area of academia. As more Americans join the ranks of the obese, scholars are reevaluating fat as a health issue, and as a social and cultural one. The new field aims to take a critical lens to fat stereotypes, question media messages about weight […]

Top science stories of 2009

Top science stories of 2009

Water on Mars? The discovery of a giant snake that can tell us about climate change? Radiation turns your hair grey? These are just a few of the top science stories of 2009. What other profound, fascinating, and weird discoveries did scientists unearth and unleash this year? Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Time Warner and Fox rumble, could it cost viewers their cable?

Time Warner and Fox rumble, could it cost viewers their cable?

Forget about healthcare! The really pressing matter for many people is news that Time Warner customers could lose “American Idol,” “the Simpsons,” and some major NFL playoffs if the cable company fails to resolves a stalemate over content licensing contracts with Fox’s parent company, News Corp., by Dec. 31. Time Warner says the fees are […]

How markets fail

How markets fail

Utopian economics – thinking that is blind to how real people act and denies ways in which the free market can sometimes produce disastrous consequences – is on the rise. John Cassidy's new book, "How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities," looks at this phenomenon and other reasons why sometimes markets just don't work. […]

Search for intelligent life gains woldwide momentum

Search for intelligent life gains woldwide momentum

For 25 years the SETI Institute has pointed their satellites to the sky in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Its research was once associated with UFOs and fringe science, but with more than 400 planets known to exist outside of our solar system, and more discovered every week, the search for intelligent life beyond our […]

STAY TUNED ON MONDAY: Search for intelligent life gains momentum

STAY TUNED ON MONDAY: Search for intelligent life gains momentum

For 25 years the SETI Institute has pointed their satellites to the sky in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Its research was once associated with UFOs and fringe science, but with more than 400 planets known to exist outside of our solar system, and more discovered every week, the search for intelligent life beyond our […]

A Big Little Life – That’s Trixie, A Joyful Dog

A Big Little Life – That’s Trixie, A Joyful Dog

Fiction writer Dean Koontz had everything he could want — a happy marriage in Southern California and a successful career with more than twenty #1 New York Times best-selling novels to his credit. And then along came Trixie, a retired service dog, and he found a new window on life. Koontz joins Patt with his […]