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“Every man in this village is a liar” – journalist Megan Stack on her time in Afghanistan, Pakistan

“Every man in this village is a liar” – journalist Megan Stack on her time in Afghanistan, Pakistan

It was a dream of an opportunity for Megan Stack. In September 2001, she was 25-years-old, vacationing in Paris and a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. After the 9/11 attacks, Stack was quickly made foreign correspondent and transported to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Her initial excitement, though, quickly turned to disgust as she learned [...]

The Rational Optimist – is that an oxymoron?

The Rational Optimist – is that an oxymoron?

If you believe author Matt Ridley, life is getting better. Not only that, but it’s getting better at an accelerating rate. There’s more food and cash – and less violence and disease. And we’re all living longer. Sure, the world isn’t perfect. But all those pessimists who dominate the public discourse, warning that all hell [...]

Toy Story 3 is buzzed

Toy Story 3 is buzzed

In Pixar’s newest film, Andy prepares to depart for college and the toys, including Woody, Jesse, and Buzz, find themselves donated to a local daycare. They soon decide that they must break out to get back to Andy….what could possibly go wrong? Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Gail Sheehy, “Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into Confidence”

Gail Sheehy, “Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into Confidence”

If there was a guide for every stage in life, would you follow it? Gail Sheehy, a literary journalist and author of 15 books, has chronicled some of the most complex stages of life in her books “Passages” and <i>Menopause: The Silent Passage</i>. But in her latest book, <i>Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into Confidence</i>, [...]

Should California legalize pot?

Should California legalize pot?

Supporters say it’s safer than alcohol or tobacco and improves quality of life. Detractors call it a gateway drug rife with health risks. This November, California voters will get to decide if marijuana should be legalized for recreational use in California. Would marijuana tax revenues help balance the state budget? Would a legal trade in [...]

Do you know your cell phones’ radiation level? If you live in San Francisco you are about to find out

Do you know your cell phones’ radiation level? If you live in San Francisco you are about to find out

First it was a ban on plastic bags, now the City by the Bay has tentatively passed an ordinance requiring cell phone companies to post their SAR “specific absorption rate” levels next to their phones at retail outlets. Research on the link between cell phone use and specific types of brain cancer has been inconclusive, [...]

Prop. 8 trial winds to a close… for now

Prop. 8 trial winds to a close… for now

A federal judge will hear closing arguments today in a case that challenges Proposition 8, the California voter-approved ban on gay marriage. Though ruling is not expected today (WED), Judge Vaughn Walker has asked each team of lawyers to answer 27 questions in their final statement, including: Is there a fundamental right to marry? Would [...]

Bret Easton Ellis: Imperial Bedrooms

Bret Easton Ellis: Imperial Bedrooms

In the sequel to his wildly popular cult classic novel <i>Less Than Zero</i>, author Bret Easton Ellis follows those main characters through their middle-aged lives in his new book <i>Imperial Bedrooms</i>. From the tortured and brutal world of drugs, sex and confusion of <i>Less Than Zero</i>, Ellis continues the journey into the human psyche and [...]

The Promise: President Obama, Year One

The Promise: President Obama, Year One

Over a year into his term in office, President Obama has faced leading the nation through a continuing war in Afghanistan, one of the worst economic eras since the Great Depression, and now the BP oil crisis in the Gulf of Mexico. Jonathan Alter, Chicago-native and longtime Newsweek columnist, assesses Obama’s first year as president [...]

Profiting from poverty: how the working poor became big business

Profiting from poverty: how the working poor became big business

Adding insult to injury, the poor are the most likely to fall prey to scams. In his new book, Broke, USA: From Pawnshop to Poverty, Inc., New York Times writer Gary Rivlin looks at what he calls the “poverty industry.”It used to be just pawn shops that offered short-term cash for the remaining valuables of [...]