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Atul Gawande: The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

Atul Gawande: The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
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Medical errors are commonplace, but with so much at stake and a technically-advanced field, they shouldn’t be. In his newest book, Dr. Gawande explores a wide variety of industries and finds a common mistake-deterrent: the checklist. Applying a simple checklist for surgery—is this the right patient? What are their allergies?—has been shown to dramatically reduce […]

Back pain: types and treatments

Back pain: types and treatments

Ouch! Is your lower back smarting? You’re not alone. From dull aches to stabbing pains, physicians estimate that 90% of Americans seek medical attention for back pain at least once in their lifetime. It’s one of the most typical reasons for missed work, second only to the common cold. Treatments, some very expensive, include supplements, […]

Earthquake aftermath in Haiti

Earthquake aftermath in Haiti

Coast Guard and aid workers from around the world are arriving to Haiti, but relief from Tuesday's magnitude-7 earthquake is a long way off. Tens of thousands are feared dead, though no estimates have been confirmed. Larry Mantle gets the latest on relief efforts, the damage, and the reaction of the Haitian-American community. Read the […]

American Needle takes on the NFL

American Needle takes on the NFL

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments tomorrow in a case that could have wide ranging implications for every major professional sports league in the U.S. (including the NFL, NBA, NHL, and the ATP) as well as player’s unions, manufacturers and fans. The central question for the court to decide is what defines a league? […]

What drives us on the road to success?

What drives us on the road to success?

It’s not what you may think…in his new book "Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us," Daniel Pink eschews the notion that external rewards, such as money, keep us on track to achieve. Instead, he says the key to high performance is internal – the desire to follow your interests, solve your own problems […]

Temple Grandin: Animals Make Us Human

Temple Grandin: Animals Make Us Human

Best-selling author of Animals in Translation, Temple Grandin, has used her autism to understand how animals think. Her new book takes us into the brains and hearts of our pets, of wild animals, even the ones we’ll eventually kill and eat. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

MoCA names Jeffrey Deitch as new director

MoCA names Jeffrey Deitch as new director

Picture this: LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art has named veteran art dealer Jeffrey Deitch as director, a position open for more than a year. The museum’s last leader, Jeremy Strick, resigned in 2008 in the midst of a financial meltdown. The highly respected, 30-year-old institution was on the verge of bankruptcy, until it took a […]

Be Anticancer everyday

Be Anticancer everyday

Most people know to avoid known carcinogens like nicotine and UV light, but very little has surfaced about how to proactively fight cancer, and from a young age. As a doctor, researcher, and cancer patient, Dr. David Servan-Schreiber has a unique account of how to lower your risk for cancer by harnessing your body’s natural […]

The Los Angeles Lakers: 50 amazing years in the City of Angels

The Los Angeles Lakers: 50 amazing years in the City of Angels

From the famous Lakers/Celtics rivalry, to Magic Johnson, to the arrival of Kobe Bryant, the LA Lakers basketball team has one of the richest histories in the sport. They celebrate 50 years in Los Angeles this year. Larry talks with Narda Zucchino, editor of "The Los Angeles Lakers: 50 Amazing Years in the City of […]

A Good Talk

A Good Talk

For those of you debilitated by Twitter and Facebook, who can only let out a mere “Tweet” now in face-to-face conversations, Daniel Menaker is here to help. He even walks Patt through the art and science of conversation—from those awkward moments at strangers’ parties, in elevators and at bus stops—learn the secrets to a great […]