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Mortality and faith

Mortality and faith

Writer Christopher Hitchens is one of America's most prominent atheist intellectuals. Now, he's facing deadly cancer. Hitchens recently responded to those claiming his challenge will be even greater without faith in God. Go ahead and pray for me, Hitch writes, but don't expect a deathbed conversion – and if one comes, you'll know I was [...]

Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives

Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives

Americans like their zoos. In fact, they like them more than their NFL, NBA, and Major League Baseball Games, combined. More than 175 million Americans flock to zoos and aquariums every year, for a close-up look at Sumatran tigers, South African elephants, and chimpanzees. But are zoos adequately equipped to care for these animals and [...]

We’re all famous for 15 minutes…or maybe 20: Carl Hiaasen’s "Star Island"

We’re all famous for 15 minutes…or maybe 20: Carl Hiaasen’s "Star Island"

Celebrities… we love them, we love to hate them, and we love scrolling through endless paparazzi photos of them walking their dog, eating a burger, doing things – just like us! But what do we really know about what’s going on in their lives, especially when we see pictures of certain celebs stumbling out of [...]

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter still advocating for mental health solutions

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter still advocating for mental health solutions

For more than 40 years, Rosalynn Carter has been working to try to improve the lives of Americans living with mental illness – a group she feels has been neglected and often stigmatized. In Within Our Reach: Ending the Mental Health Crisis, Carter chronicles her work to further mental-health research. She calls for parents to [...]

Villaraigosa’s Bike Summit

Villaraigosa’s Bike Summit

The mayor of Los Angeles declared himself an LA cyclist…and promptly fell off his bike last month and broke his elbow. He’s recovering, but the painful experience prodded him to focus more on a basic question of transportation planning: how can cars and bikes co-exist? Do they need to be physically segregated by barriers or [...]

Rosanne Cash ‘composes’ her musical life in memoir

Rosanne Cash ‘composes’ her musical life in memoir

With Johnny Cash as her father and over 14 albums under her belt, it’s no doubt that music runs through Rosanne Cash’s veins. In her new memoir <i>Composed</i>, Cash recounts her childhood, marred by her famous father’s routine absence and drug use, and her rise to country music fame. “Composed” is a collection of memories [...]

A character goes on a journey. Are we supposed to care?

A character goes on a journey. Are we supposed to care?

Some movies solve a crime. Some fight a war. In some, it’s a love story. And some…well, in some movies there’s very little action, but instead they focus on the protagonist’s interior, personal journey. These movies can be incredibly meaningful when they work…and incredibly boring when they don’t. Eat, Pray, Love is the latest feature [...]

Inside the complex minds of animals: they’re smarter than you think

Inside the complex minds of animals: they’re smarter than you think

As you talk to your dog or cat about your day (admit it – all pet owners do it), do you ever wonder what your pets understand? How about when you point to them to sit down, why is it that they respond correctly? Are animals smarter than we actually think? In Time magazine’s recent [...]

Dick Van Dyke’s life and movies

Dick Van Dyke’s life and movies

You know him as a chimney sweep, the perfect son, and an all-American dad—Dick Van Dyke’s performances in Mary Poppins, Bye Bye Birdie, and his self-titled television show are unforgettable. The warm and gifted comedian joins Larry in studio to discuss his life and career on screen. What are your favorite Van Dyke moments? Read [...]

Student Loans – an expensive lesson in excessive debt

Student Loans – an expensive lesson in excessive debt

College may be the best 4 years of your life. But what about all those student loans you’re still paying off… when you’re 52? According to the Federal Reserves, outstanding student loans totaled around $830 billion in June while average college tuition is $26,000 – minus all those textbooks and room and board. When you [...]