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Top science stories of 2009

Top science stories of 2009
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Water on Mars? The discovery of a giant snake that can tell us about climate change? Radiation turns your hair grey? These are just a few of the top science stories of 2009. What other profound, fascinating, and weird discoveries did scientists unearth and unleash this year? Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Time Warner and Fox rumble, could it cost viewers their cable?

Time Warner and Fox rumble, could it cost viewers their cable?

Forget about healthcare! The really pressing matter for many people is news that Time Warner customers could lose “American Idol,” “the Simpsons,” and some major NFL playoffs if the cable company fails to resolves a stalemate over content licensing contracts with Fox’s parent company, News Corp., by Dec. 31. Time Warner says the fees are […]

How markets fail

How markets fail

Utopian economics – thinking that is blind to how real people act and denies ways in which the free market can sometimes produce disastrous consequences – is on the rise. John Cassidy's new book, "How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities," looks at this phenomenon and other reasons why sometimes markets just don't work. […]

Search for intelligent life gains woldwide momentum

Search for intelligent life gains woldwide momentum

For 25 years the SETI Institute has pointed their satellites to the sky in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Its research was once associated with UFOs and fringe science, but with more than 400 planets known to exist outside of our solar system, and more discovered every week, the search for intelligent life beyond our […]

STAY TUNED ON MONDAY: Search for intelligent life gains momentum

STAY TUNED ON MONDAY: Search for intelligent life gains momentum

For 25 years the SETI Institute has pointed their satellites to the sky in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Its research was once associated with UFOs and fringe science, but with more than 400 planets known to exist outside of our solar system, and more discovered every week, the search for intelligent life beyond our […]

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

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

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 […]