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Scientists & surfers in pursuit of rogue waves

Scientists & surfers in pursuit of rogue waves

For centuries sailors have told tales of tall waves, one hundred feet high or more, coming from nowhere and swallowing ships. Scientists tended to regard these stories with skepticism. But in the past few decades a startling number of ships seem to have been destroyed by huge rogue waves. In her new book The Wave, [...]

LA’s drive to curb food trucks

LA’s drive to curb food trucks

The recent explosion of gourmet food trucks – serving everything from grilled cheese to red-velvet cup cakes – has transformed curbside dining. Obsessed fans track the mobile eateries on Twitter and endure long lines to feast and commune with fellow foodies. But critics say the trucks ignore parking and zoning regulations, steal business from brick [...]

TitleWave: Philip Roth’s Nemesis

TitleWave: Philip Roth’s Nemesis

Polio wasn’t always the petulant paralytic disease that struck fear into the hearts of parents and children that it was during the middle of the 20th century – for years, people would catch a mild case of the disease and develop immunity to it. As sanitation began to improve our exposure and thus resistance to [...]

Why are you gay?

Why are you gay?

Fanning the flames of controversy around gay marriage are questions about what is natural when it comes to sexual orientation. Whether we’re gay, straight or bisexual, how much of who we are in the bedroom is predetermined? Neuroscientist Simon LeVay drags the science behind behavior out of the closet. Read the Full Story at KPCC [...]

The Wind Doesn’t Need a Passport: Stories from the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

The Wind Doesn’t Need a Passport: Stories from the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

Journalist Tyche Hendricks trekked through deserts and jungles, helped pregnancy test cattle and bury hurricane victims, monitored polling stations and learned to cook pollo en mole as she gathered the stories of those who live along the U.S. – Mexico border. Through the eyes of ordinary Americans and Mexicans – cowboys, factory workers, physicians, Indians, [...]

Where do good ideas come from?

Where do good ideas come from?

Where do good ideas come from?: How does innovation happen? In his new book Where Ideas Come From, Steven Johnson explores how world-changing ideas surface. Johnson argues that a series of shared properties and patterns show up consistently in certain very creative and fertile environments. By embracing these patterns and incorporating them into our work [...]

Half a Life

Half a Life

Years ago, on a clear and sober day Darin Strauss hit and killed a young cyclist with his Oldsmobile. In his memoir, <i>Half a Life</i>, Strauss details how he decided to live his life more ambitiously than before at the request of the young girl’s mother and how he struggled to keep the accident secret [...]

‘Catfish’ directors swear it’s a true story

‘Catfish’ directors swear it’s a true story

Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman run a commercial production company. The friends had a habit of following and filming just about everything, including Ariel’s brother Nev, a dance photographer. When Nev struck up an online friendship with a young artist, Henry and Ariel thought the footage might yield a documentary about artistic collaboration. When the [...]

Clay Shirky on the free-time revolution

Clay Shirky on the free-time revolution

Internet guru Clay Shirky doesn’t care what’s on TV. Just how much time Americans waste watching it – about 200 billion hours collectively, every year. But there is a quiet revolution taking place. For the first time, young people are watching less television than their elders. They’re substituting computers, mobile phones and other internet-enabled devices, [...]

AltCar Expo 2010

AltCar Expo 2010

This Friday the 5th annual Alternative Energy & Transportation Exposition, also known as the Alt-Car Expo, kicks into high (energy efficient) gear at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. The free event will cover all things alternative when it comes to transportation, including a panel that will try to answer the question – “what will it [...]