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Selling the Fountain of Youth

Selling the Fountain of Youth

Advertising and anti-aging industry stake holders have done it – they have taken the most natural of all processes, growing old, and transformed it into something to be avoided, fought, and even feared. Got wrinkles? Varicose veins? Gray hair? There’s a cream for all of it, and what’s more, that cream is selling – quickly. [...]

Luka and the Fire of Life – a young hero’s quest to save his father

Luka and the Fire of Life – a young hero’s quest to save his father

Salman Rushdie’s latest novel, Luka and the Fire of Life, was inspired in part by his 13-year old son Milan and the video games he plays. Drawing on the same family of characters featured in Haroun and the Sea of Stories, the award-winning author uses his signature style to push against the divide between adult [...]

The Secret Lives of Boys: Inside the Raw, Emotional World of Male Teens

The Secret Lives of Boys: Inside the Raw, Emotional World of Male Teens

It seems that teenagers in general have it rough these days, but recently, many books and articles have surfaced referencing a “boy crisis” – reports of boys failing academically, socially, and emotionally are abundant. Researchers have found that grades and test scores are dropping, while the rates of drug use, depression, and ADD diagnoses are [...]

70% of service members say repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is no big deal

70% of service members say repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is no big deal

The results are in–allowing gay and lesbian people to serve openly in the military will have little or no effect on the military’s mission. The Department of Defense released a long awaited report on repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, the 17 year old law that prevents homosexuals from serving openly in the armed forces. [...]

Food borne illness: $152 billion; a bill to fix it all: $300 billion; petty bickering in the Senate to pass the bill: priceless

Food borne illness: $152 billion; a bill to fix it all: $300 billion; petty bickering in the Senate to pass the bill: priceless

It passed through the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan support, but the FDA Food Safety Modernization bill ended up being stuck in the Senate for over a year before finally passing this morning. The bill gives the Food and Drug Administration the power to conduct wide tests for contamination and recall food that does [...]

Tipping more than your hat

Tipping more than your hat

Americans are clueless about tipping though we spend an estimated $67 billion on gratuities every year. After pounding the pavement searching for the best advice about tipping from scores of workers, author and former waiter Steven Dublanica wrote “Keep the Change,” a comprehensive guide to this often neglected aspect of the American economy. Dublanica interviewed [...]

Ah-choo

Ah-choo

Americans come down with an estimated one billion colds each year – this means 40 million missed days of work and school, 100 million doctor visits, and who knows how many home and pharmaceutical remedies. In <i>AH-CHOO</i>, science journalist and author Jennifer Ackerman sifts through all the "miracle treatments" your mother and Big Pharma swear [...]

FilmWeek: Burlesque, Faster, The Kings Speech, Love and Other Drugs, Tangled & more

FilmWeek: Burlesque, Faster, The Kings Speech, Love and Other Drugs, Tangled & more

KPCC film critics Claudia Puig, Tim Cogshell and Charles Solomon join Larry to review the week’s new film releases including Burlesque, The Kings Speech, Love and Other Drugs, Tangled, and White Materials, among others. TGI-FilmWeek! Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

American Radio Works: Testing Teachers

American Radio Works: Testing Teachers

Teachers matter. A lot. Studies show that students with the best teachers learn three times as much as students with the worst teachers. Researchers say the achievement gap between poor children and their higher-income peers could disappear if poor kids got better teachers. Politicians and education reformers are calling for big changes in how teachers [...]

America’s writer – an autobiography

America’s writer – an autobiography

William Faulkner called Mark Twain “the father of American literature.” And 100 years after Twain’s death, there’s a new wave of nostalgia for the author of the "Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "Huckleberry Finn." "The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1," incorporates his thoughts dictated during the early years of the 20th Century. It’s full [...]