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

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

John Henry Faulk: More than a Storyteller

John Henry Faulk: More than a Storyteller

It was more than forty years ago that story-teller and radio host John Henry Faulk first recorded his “Christmas Story.” Since then it’s become an NPR Christmas tradition. But Faulk was more than a story teller. Among other things, he was an activist, author, playwright, and husband. Faulk was branded a communist in the late […]

Holiday dining out

Holiday dining out

Yesterday we dished about cooking and recipes, but what if you’re not in the mood to slave away in the kitchen? Fear not. Los Angeles has plenty of culinary neighborhoods to explore, brunch places to impress visiting relatives and street food to satisfy even the hungriest of souls. And we have three LA food experts […]

Avoid the “Gaffes of 2009” List: Party Etiquette 101

Avoid the “Gaffes of 2009” List: Party Etiquette 101

Whether if be an office holiday party, a black-tie winter soiree, or treading unknown territory in a cultural celebration, most people have at some point experienced an embarrassing faux pas at this time of year. Etiquette connoisseurs — and — discuss dos and don’ts and take callers’ questions and tales of caution to help you […]

Theodore Roosevelt: Conservationist and Unknowing Father of the Green Movement

Theodore Roosevelt: Conservationist and Unknowing Father of the Green Movement

Imagine Theodore Roosevelt in a PETA ad, hunting with Sarah Palin, and advocating for environmental policy before “green” became a catchphrase for environmentally aware. With incredible foresight and conviction, Roosevelt became the father of both the environmental and wildlife conservation movements, making the rich heritage of places like the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Parks […]

The Wilderness Warrior

The Wilderness Warrior

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Directing An Education

Directing An Education

Danish director Lone Scherfig gained attention with her 2000 film "Italian for Beginners." The movie was part of the Dogme 95 film movement, which emphasized principles such as the use of hand-held cameras and natural lighting. Scherfig's new film is "An Education." Written for the screen by Nick Hornby and set in 1960's London, it […]

Frank Schaeffer’s “Patience with God”

Frank Schaeffer’s “Patience with God”

Frank Schaeffer found himself equally disgusted by right-wing evangelists as by “uber liberal New Atheists.” In “Patience with God,” he searches for a middle ground between the polarizing forces of religion—and anti-religion—in America. In this critical look at the goals and strategies of both fundamentalism and New Atheism, Schaeffer offers a kind of spirituality for […]

Ed Sullivan’s America

Ed Sullivan’s America

"Tonight, we have a really big show…" Gerald Nachman's book "Right Here on Our Stage Tonight!" explores the history of the Ed Sullivan Show and its place as an American institution. As kingmaker (and tastemaker) of American pop culture in the mid-20th century, looking at the Ed Sullivan Show means looking at our own history. […]

Title Wave! A book lover’s roundtable

Title Wave! A book lover’s roundtable

What do you do with the person in your life that’s just impossible to shop for? You throw the book at them! Patt talks with two local book aficionados about their favorite books of 2009 and opens up the lines to you. What are the best books of 2009? Call in with your choice or […]