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Mandatory minimums on crack cocaine to be shortened

Mandatory minimums on crack cocaine to be shortened

One of the most criticized laws in America is about to get reformed. Congress passed a bill Wednesday that would reduce the disparities between mandatory minimum sentences for crack and powdered cocaine violations, a law some have considered blatantly racist and unfairly harsh punishments imposed, mainly on blacks. Even the Obama administration has called the [...]

Federal judge blocks parts of Arizona’s immigration law, SB 1070: what exactly will be implemented tomorrow?

Federal judge blocks parts of Arizona’s immigration law, SB 1070: what exactly will be implemented tomorrow?

The most controversial parts of Arizona's immigration law, SB 1070, will not go into effect tomorrow. Judge Susan Bolton's injunction does not stop the law as a whole from being implemented. On what grounds did she temporarily strip provisions from the law that would have required police to check the immigration status of people stopped, [...]

The Plastiki has landed

The Plastiki has landed

What can 12,500 plastic bottles do for you? How about a boat that travels around the world in (more than) 80 days! The Plastiki catamaran, made from plastic bottles and recyclable products, ended its 8,000 mile, 4-month voyage on Monday as it docked in Sydney, Australia. The six crew members, including environmentalist David de Rothschild [...]

Sam Kean’s “The Disappearing Spoon” exposes the wild world of the periodic table

Sam Kean’s “The Disappearing Spoon” exposes the wild world of the periodic table

While the periodic table may evoke groans from high school chemistry students, there’s a whole other side to the 118 elements that’s not going to burn your skin. “Alice in Wonderland’s” Mad Hatter and many milliners were truly crazy from their overexposure to mercury. That pesky cadmium that’s in McDonald’s toys and Miley Cyrus jewelry [...]

How long will you live?

How long will you live?

Researchers at Boston University are looking for a genetic link for Alzheimer’s. As part of this work, they studied 100-year-olds who show no signs of the disease. But, in the midst of their studies, they came across an even more interesting discovery—apparently; centenarians all share a group of genes that grants them their unusual longevity. [...]

Political bias in media: is there any objective news? Is it naïve to want it?

Political bias in media: is there any objective news? Is it naïve to want it?

The likes of Keith Olbermann and Rush Limbaugh have a huge allure… which prompts the question: is “objective” journalism all it’s cracked up to be? And what does it mean to be objective anyway? Some analysts think objectivity in journalism was always a façade. Do you think journalism can be, or should be, truly unbiased? [...]

Navigating L.A.’s food deserts—your turn to guide the ship

Navigating L.A.’s food deserts—your turn to guide the ship

So, what are community organizations and city leaders doing to help bring more grocery stores to underserved areas? And how does the lack of healthy options impact the health of the community? We take your calls and talk to one organization working with city council to come up with creative ideas. Read the Full Story [...]

Guillaume Canet delves into Cold War espionage in Farewell

Guillaume Canet delves into Cold War espionage in Farewell

Larry talks with actor Guillaume Canet about the new thriller, Farewell, based on a true story, about the biggest theft of Soviet information in the Cold War. Canet also opens up about his relationship with Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

"Down and Derby" – an insider’s history and how-to guide to Roller Derby

"Down and Derby" – an insider’s history and how-to guide to Roller Derby

The once-dying, underground sport of roller derby seems to be making a comeback – over the past five years, a mere handful of leagues have grown to more than 400 leagues with over 17,000 skaters worldwide, and the sport got top billing in last year's film <i>Whip It</i>, starring Ellen Page. KPCC's own Alex Cohen, [...]

Strike a (yoga) pose

Strike a (yoga) pose

These days, yoga's everywhere – from studios and gyms to schools and prisons. There are almost as many styles of yoga as asanas (poses), including Hatha, Iyengar, Anusara, Ashtanga, Bikrim, Kundalini and the list goes on. In her new book The Subtle Body, author Stefanie Syman traces yoga's influence from the 19th century hucksterism of [...]