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A good man is hard to find

A good man is hard to find
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What does it mean to “be a man” in America today? That’s the question Tom Matlack posed to Pulitzer winners and Poet Laureates to ex-cons, yogis, Pro Football Hall of Famers and just everyday guys. Their experiences, from their defining challenges to their losses and triumphs, are collected in Matlack’s new book, and he’s hoping […]

Dental care for all?

Dental care for all?

Experts agree that dental care is essential to overall health, yet it seems to have been largely left out of the ongoing healthcare debate. Federal health statistics show that at least 26 million children and 82 million adults lack health insurance. Cost, language and other barriers keep many Americans from having access to dental care. […]

The People Speak

The People Speak

Since originally being published in 1980 activist and historian Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States” has sold more than 2 million copies. In his latest effort, “The People Speak” Zinn uses celebrities to give voice to the under-heard from throughout history. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Thank heaven for Leslie Caron

Thank heaven for Leslie Caron

Leslie Caron went from dancing as a ballerina in Paris to instant stardom with her debut in the musical "An American in Paris." In her memoir "Thank Heaven," Caron recounts living through Hollywood's Golden Era, from her iconic role in "Gigi", to her romance with Warren Beatty, to her struggles to overcome depression and alcoholism […]

Can you get by without a checking or savings account? Many Americans do…..

Can you get by without a checking or savings account? Many Americans do…..

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Happy 30th birthday, MOCA

Happy 30th birthday, MOCA

This year marks the 30th anniversary of LA's Museum of Contemporary Art. To celebrate, MOCA is showcasing works from its permanent collection. Local art lovers breathed sighs of relief last year when the museum received a personal bailout from Eli Broad. How are area museums faring in this economic climate? Read the Full Story at […]

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. […]

Sundays are for cycling?

Sundays are for cycling?

Walking? Nah. Biking? Nah. When it comes to getting around LA, the car rules. But community advocates have a new idea for getting Angelenos to leave their cars behind and enjoy streets in a new way. Every Sunday in Bogota, major avenues are shut down to cars…and turned into public spaces for cyclists, pedestrians and […]

COBRA – or no health insurance at all?

COBRA – or no health insurance at all?

If you are unemployed and purchase your health plan through COBRA, the interim insurance plan available to those who lose their jobs but continue purchase their employer's health plan at a higher rate, you may see your premium increase by 300% or more. The reason? A government subsidy authorized in March is scheduled to expire […]

America’s cheating game

America’s cheating game

Poker, the liar's game, is one of America's most popular pastimes. In "Cowboys Full," author James McManus illustrates the connections between poker, politics and our national spirit. He traces the history of steamboats, American trade and westward expansion, and the connection to poker. Larry talks with McManus about his new book and what poker says […]