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Holiday DVD gift ideas

Holiday DVD gift ideas

Not sure what to give your friends and loved ones for the holidays? Take a cue from our movie experts and show your love by gifting some of the best DVDs of the year. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Honoring Hollywood greats and holiday gift ideas

Honoring Hollywood greats and holiday gift ideas

Our fabulous FilmWeek critics stick around to share their stories about some of the big names in the industry. They discuss the works of actor Leslie Nielsen and director Irvin Kershner. And, not sure what to give your friends and loved ones for the holidays? Take a cue from our movie experts and show your [...]

A Renegade History Of The United States

A Renegade History Of The United States

Historian and cultural critic Thaddeus Russell asks a simple and shocking question with his new book, <i>A Renegade History of The United States</i> – what if Americans owe their modern social freedoms to their least desirable social classes? Taking Howard Zinn’s revisionism to even less mainstream conclusions, Russell provides an overview of American history through [...]

Got a question or criticism about NPR policies? Ask away

Got a question or criticism about NPR policies? Ask away

Are you still fuming about the firing of Juan Williams? Do you think NPR over stepped its bounds by banning its employees from attending John Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity? Should NPR be de-funded or defended? Ombudsman Alicia Shepard makes herself available to KPCC’s audience and invites your questions and comments about policies at NPR. [...]

Selling the Fountain of Youth

Selling the Fountain of Youth

Advertising and anti-aging industry stake holders have done it – they have taken the most natural of all processes, growing old, and transformed it into something to be avoided, fought, and even feared. Got wrinkles? Varicose veins? Gray hair? There’s a cream for all of it, and what’s more, that cream is selling – quickly. [...]

Luka and the Fire of Life – a young hero’s quest to save his father

Luka and the Fire of Life – a young hero’s quest to save his father

Salman Rushdie’s latest novel, Luka and the Fire of Life, was inspired in part by his 13-year old son Milan and the video games he plays. Drawing on the same family of characters featured in Haroun and the Sea of Stories, the award-winning author uses his signature style to push against the divide between adult [...]

The Secret Lives of Boys: Inside the Raw, Emotional World of Male Teens

The Secret Lives of Boys: Inside the Raw, Emotional World of Male Teens

It seems that teenagers in general have it rough these days, but recently, many books and articles have surfaced referencing a “boy crisis” – reports of boys failing academically, socially, and emotionally are abundant. Researchers have found that grades and test scores are dropping, while the rates of drug use, depression, and ADD diagnoses are [...]

70% of service members say repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is no big deal

70% of service members say repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is no big deal

The results are in–allowing gay and lesbian people to serve openly in the military will have little or no effect on the military’s mission. The Department of Defense released a long awaited report on repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, the 17 year old law that prevents homosexuals from serving openly in the armed forces. [...]

Food borne illness: $152 billion; a bill to fix it all: $300 billion; petty bickering in the Senate to pass the bill: priceless

Food borne illness: $152 billion; a bill to fix it all: $300 billion; petty bickering in the Senate to pass the bill: priceless

It passed through the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan support, but the FDA Food Safety Modernization bill ended up being stuck in the Senate for over a year before finally passing this morning. The bill gives the Food and Drug Administration the power to conduct wide tests for contamination and recall food that does [...]

Tipping more than your hat

Tipping more than your hat

Americans are clueless about tipping though we spend an estimated $67 billion on gratuities every year. After pounding the pavement searching for the best advice about tipping from scores of workers, author and former waiter Steven Dublanica wrote “Keep the Change,” a comprehensive guide to this often neglected aspect of the American economy. Dublanica interviewed [...]