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James Ellroy’s "Blood’s a Rover"

James Ellroy’s "Blood’s a Rover"
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L.A. author James Ellroy talks about the strong women and history in his latest novel, "Blood's a Rover" Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Inside the Kingdom: the struggle for Saudi Arabia

Inside the Kingdom:  the struggle for Saudi Arabia

Like most of the Middle East, Saudi Arabia is a country full of contradictions, sometimes violent ones. Thanks to its massive oil reserves the residents of the Kingdom enjoy modern cities, luxury goods and generally comfortable lives; and yet there is an ancient tribal system and violently conservative religious morals that dominate Saudi Arabian society. […]

Polar bears are on thin ice

Polar bears are on thin ice

In 1994, near the North Pole, writer Richard Ellis encountered a wild polar bear that walked up to the side of his boat. Today, this experience would not be possible: the area where they were traveling is now devoid of ice…it is now open water. Global warming is having a profound impact on the habitat […]

An Amazonian perspective on climate change

An Amazonian perspective on climate change

It is easily one of the front lines of the environmental battles, a place where the beauty of nature intersects with the commercial possibilities of endless natural resources. The Amazon river and rainforest system in Brazil has absorbed plenty of blows from mankind over the centuries, but it still remains the world’s lungs and a […]

FilmWeek

FilmWeek

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan of henrysheehan.com, Andy Klein of Brand X, and Charles Solomon of Amazon.com discuss the week’s new film releases including Old Dogs, The Princess And The Frog, Ninja Assassin, The Road, Red Cliff, The Missing Person, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, and The Sun. Read the Full […]

A Blueprint to End Hunger

A Blueprint to End Hunger

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles says L.A. is in the midst of a hunger crisis, with over 1.25 million people in LA County, mostly children and the elderly, struggling to get enough to eat. As part of their “Blueprint to End Hunger”, the Federation is calling on elected officials to declare Los Angeles […]

Are public employee unions bankrupting the nation?

Are public employee unions bankrupting the nation?

In his new book “Plunder,” Sacramento based investigative journalist Steven Greenhut argues that public workers earn more than other Americans and receive vastly superior benefits. Greenhut claims that outsized retirement pensions and benefits packages place a huge burden on state and federal treasuries, resulting in higher taxes and massive debt. Steven Greenhut goes toe-to-toe on […]

Police trilogy wraps up

Police trilogy wraps up

Best-selling author Joseph Wambaugh joins Larry in studio to talk about “Hollywood Moon,” the last in his darkly comic, gritty trilogy chronicling the goings-on in a Hollywood police station. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Playing “The Card Game”

Playing “The Card Game”

Credit card companies have never been favorites in the eyes of the American public, but since the collapse of the economy and with it the consumer credit market the abusive and predatory practices of those companies have been in the crosshairs of lawmakers and an angry public. Frontline looks into the effort to corral credit […]

A warm holiday meal

A warm holiday meal

The Los Angeles Mission has been doling out Thanksgiving meals for the homeless and disadvantaged for nearly two decades and this year is no different….except they expect to feed more (close to four thousand) with fewer resources. We'll talk to the president of the LA Mission about need, poverty, volunteerism, and a warm holiday meal. […]