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Prop 26 – what’s in a name?

Prop 26 – what’s in a name?

It’s a tax, it’s a fee, it’s a tax, it’s a fee, it’s a tax, it’s a… having a “Chinatown” moment yet? Proposition 26 would broaden the definition of “tax” to include many payments that are currently considered fees. What’s in a name? Fees don’t have to have the approval of a supermajority to pass. [...]

How religion is reshaping America

How religion is reshaping America

It’s common wisdom that politics and religion should never be discussed in mixed company. In their new book, Robert Putnam, author of <i>Bowling Alone</i>, and David Campbell take on both of these volatile subjects, forcing a head-on conversation. The book examines the changes in religious life in America over the past fifty years – the [...]

Starting out young in the world’s oldest profession: children prostitutes in L.A.

Starting out young in the world’s oldest profession: children prostitutes in L.A.

Last month, an LAPD investigation examining whether Los Angeles motels were catering to prostitution, led detectives to the room of a 13-year-old runaway from Hawthorne. The girl said that she and another girl were being held against their will and forced into prostitution by 34-year-old, Leroy Bragg. Bragg has since been charged with multiple felony [...]

What are Arabs saying to us and why does it matter?

What are Arabs saying to us and why does it matter?

The U.S plays a leading role in the Middle East whether in peacemaking, war efforts, support of our ally Israel or diplomacy that insures our access to oil. But what do we really know about the Arab peoples who live in that region? In his new book “Arab Voices,” James Zogby reveals the results from [...]

Arianna Huffington and a Third World America

Arianna Huffington and a Third World America

According to the most recent release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics 9.6% of Americans are unemployed. In late 2009, the U.S. Department of Agriculture revealed that 49 million Americans lack consistent access to food. Last month the U.S. Census Bureau released its poverty numbers and apparently 14.3 % of American’s are living at or [...]

Hey, Listen to This! Alex Ross on music

Hey, Listen to This! Alex Ross on music

Alex Ross has heard it all, from Beethoven to Bjork. The music critic from the New Yorker trains our ears in his new book Listen to This, and you can listen to him. Guest host Frank Stoltze talks with the author and MacArthur genius about music—what it is, why we like (or hate) it and [...]

Sam Harris says we don’t need God to know right from wrong

Sam Harris says we don’t need God to know right from wrong

Humans have traditionally looked to religion to provide a moral compass. Scientists themselves frequently concede the high ground when it comes to morality, retreating to allow religion to handle issues of conscience. In his new book, <i>The Moral Landscape</i>, author and neuroscientist Sam Harris has launched the latest volley in the science vs. religion battle [...]

That flight delay cost more than just time and patience—try $16.7 billion

That flight delay cost more than just time and patience—try $16.7 billion

Everyone has been delayed in an airport—rushing to make a holiday dinner, a business meeting or just a connecting flight, there are few worse feelings than staring at the airport marquee to see that your flight has been delayed. Even worse is being stuck on the plane itself while it sits on the tarmac for [...]

These skies aren’t big enough for the both of us

These skies aren’t big enough for the both of us

Wildlife is great. Jet air travel is great. But get them together, and you have the potential for tragedy. Just think of U.S. Airways Flight 1549, which was forced to make an emergency landing in the Hudson River after the airplane's engines ingested Canada geese. Another flight had to return to the runway in Alaska [...]

Debating Proposition 19—will California feel the effects of the high?

Debating Proposition 19—will California feel the effects of the high?

Ready to hear some decisive and unyeilding statements? Good, because it is election season and the time has come to discuss this year’s smokin' hot propisition – 19. Proposition 19 would legalize the consumption of marijuana by those 21 and older as long as they were in a non-public place such as a home or [...]