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Education, politics, the economy… major issues for African-Americans

Education, politics, the economy… major issues for African-Americans
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Education is a core issue for black Americans, but employment, immigration policies, and getting involved in the political process are not far behind. Even as the economy looks like it’s struggling back to its feet, what are African-Americans’ major concerns in the current political and economic climate? Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Cyber-safety in America

Cyber-safety in America

Just as the Internet has opened up a whole world of communications, it’s created an entire new area of criminal activity. Hacking was once the purview of isolated nerds looking for the thrill of punching through a complex security system. No more. In his book, “Fatal System Error,” writer Joseph Menn explores the Russian Mob […]

Working in the Shadows: A Year of Doing the Jobs (Most) Americans Won’t Do

Working in the Shadows: A Year of Doing the Jobs (Most) Americans Won’t Do

A common anti-immigration refrain is that immigrants take jobs away from Americans. What is it like to stoop over lettuce fields in Arizona, work the graveyard shift at a chicken slaughterhouse in rural Alabama, and dodge taxis as a bicycle delivery boy for an upscale restaurant? To find out, Gabriel Thompson spent a year working […]

Afghanistan: the surge and "postlude" strategy

Afghanistan: the surge and "postlude" strategy

President Obama’s Afghanistan surge is now in full swing. With 30,000 additional troops, a major operation has been launched in the Taliban stronghold of Marja. But Gen. Stanley McChrystal says the offensive is “not about the battle, it’s about the postlude” and the new “government in a box” strategy. The idea is for joint military […]

Don’t call it a comeback – CPAC 2010

Don’t call it a comeback – CPAC 2010

The annual political conference for conservatives is underway in Washington D.C. this week to fire up the base just in time for the midterm elections. Confident conservative activists gathered to reaffirm their principles and vow to wrestle away power from the Democrats. Using the rationale of voter frustration, many speakers took time to predict a […]

A lesson in free speech at UC Irvine

A lesson in free speech at UC Irvine

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POSTPONED UNTIL MONDAY: Karen Bass running for Congress

POSTPONED UNTIL MONDAY: Karen Bass running for Congress

Assembly Speaker Karen Bass announced on Wednesday that she will run for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Diane Watson, D-Los Angeles. The 56-year-old Los Angeles Democrat has been in the Assembly since 2004 and is the first black woman and first Democratic woman to serve as Assembly speaker. Bass will be a strong […]

Wheels of Change – Zero to 600 m.p.h.

Wheels of Change – Zero to 600 m.p.h.

It’s not possible to imagine California without cars; today we’re known for our vast network of freeways and bumper-to-bumper traffic, all of which is well documented. But Kevin Nelson, in his new book “Wheels of Change: From Zero to 600 m.p.h.,” brings to life the personalities that helped shape the car culture in California, from […]

Karen Bass running for Congress

Karen Bass running for Congress

Assembly Speaker Karen Bass announced on Wednesday that she will run for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Diane Watson, D-Los Angeles. The 56-year-old Los Angeles Democrat has been in the Assembly since 2004 and is the first black woman and first Democratic woman to serve as Assembly speaker. Bass will be a strong […]

A journey through China from farm to factory

A journey through China from farm to factory

In 2001, Peter Hessler set off on a 7000 mile drive across China. Over the next seven years, he tracked how the country's industrial boom transformed dirt paths into paved roads and small villages into factory towns. Country Driving, the final book in Hessler's China trilogy, explores the human side of the country's economic revolution. […]