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Mr. DeMille is ready for his (literary) close up

Mr. DeMille is ready for his (literary) close up

He’s one of the few directors of his time who became a household name. Cecil B. DeMille’s extraordinary film career began with silent movies and soared to spectacles like The Ten Commandments and King of Kings, for which he became known later. His reputation rests largely on the biblical epics he made, but his personal [...]

Fostering the most vital safety net: the problems, and potential fixes, of L.A.’s foster care system

Fostering the most vital safety net:  the problems, and potential fixes, of L.A.’s foster care system

Too many children too easily fall through the cracks of society—unwanted or uncared for by parents who are either unwilling or unable to provide care. Foster youths are among the most vulnerable members of society and arguably the most in need of a solid social safety net. And while controversial deaths of children in L.A. [...]

Yellow Dirt

Yellow Dirt

Whether it’s gold or coal, mining minerals strains the environment and can pose health risks to workers. What about mining uranium? A thick vein runs under Navajo lands near the four corners in the American southwest—where Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona meet. From the 1930s to the present day, uranium extraction there has fueled [...]

Take your best shot: what would you ask Barbara Boxer & Carly Fiorina?

Take your best shot: what would you ask Barbara Boxer & Carly Fiorina?

On September 29th KPCC will host the second and, ostensibly, final debate between Senate candidates Barbara Boxer and Carly Fiorina, hosted by Patt and La Opinion’s Gabriel Lerner. Since we can’t have a live audience in front of the candidates we want to hear from you now about what questions you would put to the [...]

LACMA’s new pavilion

LACMA’s new pavilion

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art will celebrate the opening of the new Resnick Pavilion with three exhibitions on October 2. Among the new exhibitions is "Eye for the Sensual," featuring European painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from the collection of long-time LACMA patrons Lynda and Stewart Resnick. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo [...]

What the Pope Knew

What the Pope Knew

When Pope Benedict XVI first visited the United States, he reached out to victims of abuse by Catholic priests, an unusual move for the Vatican. He was the first pope to directly apologize to victims for their trauma and publicly acknowledge that the Church has erred in its handling of offending priests. But the Pontiff’s [...]

The Music and Legacy of Buddy Collette

The Music and Legacy of Buddy Collette

Los Angeles Jazz legend Buddy Collette died Sunday at Cedars Sinai Medical Center at the age of 89. Collette was a jazz saxophonist, flautist and band leader who fought for the rights of African American musicians. He was also integral to educating and supporting young Jazz musicians. Larry discusses the music, life and legacy of [...]

Mel Brooks, this is your life!

Mel Brooks, this is your life!

<i>Blazing Saddles</i>, <i>Get Smart</i>, <i>Young Frankenstein</i>, <i>The Producers</i>, <i>The Twelve Chairs</i>, <i>History of the World Part I</i>, <i>Spaceballs</i>… the list is as expansive as any other auteur who has ever operated in Hollywood. It goes without saying that Mel Brooks is a legend, but what would he have done differently? What shot in what film [...]

Using computers to teach kids

Using computers to teach kids

Learning math, physics, and English, at least for most kids, just isn’t as much fun as running around or blasting something away in a video game. But what if you could merge all those worlds? That’s what some educators are now attempting to do. A school in New York called “Quest to Learn” is using [...]

Neil Sedaka: the man, the voice and a children’s CD

Neil Sedaka: the man, the voice and a children’s CD

Where would pop music and rock n’ roll be without Neil Sedaka? Well, it would mean many musicians would never have reached the Top 40 without the lyrics he penned. At the ripe age of 16, Sedaka published his first song and both Sedaka and close friend Howard Greenfield eventually became the go-to songwriters of [...]