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A young girl’s death puts uncomfortable spotlight on raves & drug culture

A young girl’s death puts uncomfortable spotlight on raves & drug culture

Sasha Rodriguez was 15-years-old when she walked into the L.A. Coliseum to attend the Electric Daisy Carnival rave over the weekend—the minimum age for entrance into the dance party was 16. Sasha died yesterday after being taken off of life support, most likely due to a drug overdose, which casts serious questions over throwing these [...]

What’s your pleasure?

What’s your pleasure?

We crave food and sex like other animals. Yet humans find pleasure in an assortment of unusual ways—why do we like scary movies so much? What’s the appeal of abstract art? And, how can we explain masochism? Paul Bloom explores the ins and outs of satisfaction—sensorial and otherwise—in his book How Pleasure Works, celebrating our [...]

The conservatives’ case against Kagan

The conservatives’ case against Kagan

Some on the left aren’t ecstatic with the idea of Elena Kagan on the Supreme Court, and on the right, John Yoo, the Bush administrator who authored the so-called “torture memos,” has authored his own objections to her, in a New York Times op-ed that ran last month. Why doesn’t John Yoo heart Elena Kagan? [...]

A bigger, better fish, but is it safe?: FDA considers approval of genetically-modified salmon

A bigger, better fish, but is it safe?: FDA considers approval of genetically-modified salmon

Many people love a good slice of fresh salmon. And, they say, salmon’s good for your health. The problem: it’s expensive. And demand is just making it harder to find at a good price. AquaBounty Technologies, a bio-tech firm in Waltham, MA thinks it has the answer: a genetically engineered salmon that grows at twice [...]

San Francisco stays healthy

San Francisco stays healthy

The Supreme Court will not be hearing a challenge from the Golden Gate Restaurant Association against San Francisco’s universal health care program – Healthy San Francisco. The program is available to all San Francisco residents regardless of immigration status, employment status, or pre-existing medical conditions and has enrolled 53,000 previously uninsured people. Where does the [...]

Understanding the Hispanic electorate in America

Understanding the Hispanic electorate in America

When Latinos go to the polls, most have the same political agenda, right? Not necessarily, says CalTech’s Michael Alvarez. He’s the co-author of a new book that looks at the political identity, public opinion, turnout and voting behavior of the nation’s largest minority group. What do the data predict about Hispanic voters? Which factors most [...]

Spiders! They’re creepy and crawly but are they dangerous?

Spiders! They’re creepy and crawly but are they dangerous?

A spider is just one of those creatures greeted with an automatic “ick” from humans. They jump, they crawl, the hang from webs, and, most importantly, they have fangs. Nonetheless, they’re here to stay. Some are poisonous, but many are harmless. So which spiders really warrant a scream and squish? Patt talks to an expert [...]

Pam Grier lets her hair down

Pam Grier lets her hair down

Larry talks with actress Pam Grier about her candid new memoir detailing her life and career. She shares her thoughts on being a “Blaxploitation” star, (describing herself as “Chekhov in a wet T-shirt!”), working with Roger Corman and Quentin Tarantino, remembers her relationships with Richard Pryor, Freddie Prinze and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and talks openly about [...]

Los Tigres Del Norte at Disney Hall

Los Tigres Del Norte at Disney Hall

From a small farming town in Mexico to the top of Latin music charts, Los Tigres del Norte have come a long way over their three-decade career. The norteño-ensemble of brothers and cousins are fixtures in the Latin music scene, with more than 55 albums under their belt and five Latin Grammy Awards. Their corridos [...]

Vacation: we certainly don’t do it like the French

Vacation: we certainly don’t do it like the French

Are Americans afraid to take vacation? We’ve earned a global reputation as workaholics; we’re the only advanced economy in the world that does not guarantee paid vacation time to our workers; and now, in a recession, could it be that we’re scared of losing our jobs if we take our due time off? According to [...]