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Going Rouge!

Going Rouge!
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Not “Going Rogue,” but “Going Rouge”—the near namesake to Sarah Palin’s memoir, published the very same day—chronicles the apoplectic outrage and satire that roiled from pundits on the left in response to the then Alaskan Governor and 2008 Republican Vice Presidential nominee. Patt talks with contributors to the collection—Slate’s senior editors Emily Bazelon and Dahlia […]

Pops: a life of Louis Armstrong

Pops: a life of Louis Armstrong

Louie, LEW-iss, Satchmo, Pops – call him what you will, Louis Armstrong transformed American music with his jazz trumpet solos and signature, raspy vocals, bringing a New Orleans sound to the world. The beloved jazz legend lived a much darker and more dangerous life than hits like "What a Wonderful World" suggest. We look back […]

Our Front Pages – the best of "The Onion"

Our Front Pages – the best of "The Onion"

“Canada signs nonaggression pact with the United States.” “Secondhand smoke causes secondhand coolness.” “New Starbucks opens in restroom of existing Starbucks.” There is only one publication that could produce eye catching headlines like these, and win awards for it. The Onion could be deemed the last bastion of reliable, unbiased, and definitive news reporting in […]

America’s favorite pastime: shopping

America’s favorite pastime: shopping

Despite hard economic times, author Lee Eisenberg says Americans still have the urge to spend, spend, spend. In his new book "Shoptimism," the former Esquire editor explores why we buy things, how we shop and the sorts of tricks the advertising industry plays on consumers. What kind of shopper are you? Do you only buy […]

Dental payment scams

Dental payment scams

There’s a way for people without a lot of money to pay for health care needs – from eyeglasses to root canals. It’s called a CareCredit card. In theory, this approach to financing medical costs allows patients to visit doctors when they want to and pay for care using a designated credit account. But one […]

Twitter founder launches new venture

Twitter founder launches new venture

Twitter was just the beginning. After shaking up the world of online communication, Jack Dorsey is now disrupting our payment ecosystem. Dorsey’s new start-up – Square – will allow anyone with a cell phone or iPod to accept credit card payments quickly and easily. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

A good man is hard to find

A good man is hard to find

What does it mean to “be a man” in America today? That’s the question Tom Matlack posed to Pulitzer winners and Poet Laureates to ex-cons, yogis, Pro Football Hall of Famers and just everyday guys. Their experiences, from their defining challenges to their losses and triumphs, are collected in Matlack’s new book, and he’s hoping […]

Dental care for all?

Dental care for all?

Experts agree that dental care is essential to overall health, yet it seems to have been largely left out of the ongoing healthcare debate. Federal health statistics show that at least 26 million children and 82 million adults lack health insurance. Cost, language and other barriers keep many Americans from having access to dental care. […]

The People Speak

The People Speak

Since originally being published in 1980 activist and historian Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States” has sold more than 2 million copies. In his latest effort, “The People Speak” Zinn uses celebrities to give voice to the under-heard from throughout history. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Thank heaven for Leslie Caron

Thank heaven for Leslie Caron

Leslie Caron went from dancing as a ballerina in Paris to instant stardom with her debut in the musical "An American in Paris." In her memoir "Thank Heaven," Caron recounts living through Hollywood's Golden Era, from her iconic role in "Gigi", to her romance with Warren Beatty, to her struggles to overcome depression and alcoholism […]