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Ah-choo

Ah-choo

Americans come down with an estimated one billion colds each year – this means 40 million missed days of work and school, 100 million doctor visits, and who knows how many home and pharmaceutical remedies. In <i>AH-CHOO</i>, science journalist and author Jennifer Ackerman sifts through all the "miracle treatments" your mother and Big Pharma swear [...]

FilmWeek: Burlesque, Faster, The Kings Speech, Love and Other Drugs, Tangled & more

FilmWeek: Burlesque, Faster, The Kings Speech, Love and Other Drugs, Tangled & more

KPCC film critics Claudia Puig, Tim Cogshell and Charles Solomon join Larry to review the week’s new film releases including Burlesque, The Kings Speech, Love and Other Drugs, Tangled, and White Materials, among others. TGI-FilmWeek! Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

American Radio Works: Testing Teachers

American Radio Works: Testing Teachers

Teachers matter. A lot. Studies show that students with the best teachers learn three times as much as students with the worst teachers. Researchers say the achievement gap between poor children and their higher-income peers could disappear if poor kids got better teachers. Politicians and education reformers are calling for big changes in how teachers [...]

America’s writer – an autobiography

America’s writer – an autobiography

William Faulkner called Mark Twain “the father of American literature.” And 100 years after Twain’s death, there’s a new wave of nostalgia for the author of the "Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "Huckleberry Finn." "The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1," incorporates his thoughts dictated during the early years of the 20th Century. It’s full [...]

Gobble gobble – Thanksgiving on a budget, with vegans, fregans and deep fryers!

Gobble gobble – Thanksgiving on a budget, with vegans, fregans and deep fryers!

Whether you don't know where the giblets are on your first turkey or you're deep into molecular gastro-cuisine, we can help! Chef and restaurant owner Susan Feniger and food writer Regina Schrambling join Patt to field your questions, basic and advanced, about Turkey and all its traditional and alternative trimmings. The experts also offer up [...]

Languages on the endangered list

Languages on the endangered list

When a language dies, humanity suffers more than a loss of words. The diversity, culture and heritage of a society are threatened with extinction as well. And yet, many of the languages now spoken around the globe are destined to die out in our lifetime. Renowned linguist K. David Harrison has journeyed throughout the world, [...]

Starstruck: The Business of Celebrity

Starstruck: The Business of Celebrity

Did Brangelina adopt another child? What's the latest on Tiger Woods? President Obama is a smoker? The world's obsession with celebrity is no new thing, but why is it so widespread? What is it about movie stars, politicians, professional athletes, and other people of note that makes their lives so much more interesting than a [...]

Making better teachers: the fight over "value-added" evaluations

Making better teachers: the fight over "value-added" evaluations

When it comes to trying to improve student performance in public schools, many factors come together. One of the major issues is teacher performance and how best to judge teacher effectiveness. The “value-added” approach attempts statistically to show how an individual teacher can make a difference – positively or negatively – in how students do, [...]

Much I DO about nothing

Much I DO about nothing

According to a recent poll conducted by TIME magazine in association with Pew Research Center, 40% of Americans believe that marriage is obsolete. Yes, you read that correctly – obsolete. Eight times as many children are born out of wedlock today than in 1960, those without a college education are increasingly less likely to get [...]

Putting the (computer) screen – into screenplay

Putting the (computer) screen – into screenplay

Every aspiring movie writer knows the well-worn path to success: submit a script to the studio and pray for a green light. Sometimes, many deals and drafts later, the finished product finds its way to a theater near you. Now online retail giant Amazon.com aims to apply digital technology to the arcane process of pitching [...]