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Tell – All by Chuck Palahniuk

Tell – All by Chuck Palahniuk

He is the author of nine best selling novels and has a reputation for causing some to faint at his readings – the one and only Chuck Palahniuk. Is it possible write about career comebacks and cosmetic surgeries with the moxie and pluck that engrained the first rule of Fight Club into the frontal lobe [...]

Growing up amidst the Arab-Israeli conflict

Growing up amidst the Arab-Israeli conflict

In his new memoir Crossing Mandelbaum Gate, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Kai Bird melds his personal history growing up in the Middle East with the political turmoil of the Arab-Israeli conflict from 1956 to 1978. As a child he lived through the Suez War of 1956, and later the June 1967 War and the Black September [...]

Peter Carey’s Parrot and Olivier in America

Peter Carey’s Parrot and Olivier in America

Two-time Booker Prize winning author, Peter Carey is back with a new novel set in early-nineteenth-century America. The book follows Olivier, a character based loosely on Alexis de Tocqueville, and Parrot, the motherless son of an English engraver, as they make their way to and through America. An unlikely friendship is forged between the two [...]

Preserving classic films

Preserving classic films

Larry talks with Roger Mayer, who has spent over 50 years in the film industry, a true pioneer, who has made it his mission to preserve classic films, particularly silent ones. He will also talk with Larry about the Silent Film Gala coming up on May 23rd. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

California’s vanishing safety net: how social services & welfare will survive the era of budget cuts

California’s vanishing safety net: how social services & welfare will survive the era of budget cuts

California’s Healthy Families program provides state sponsored low-cost insurance for children teens and pregnant mothers, filling a vital gap in insurance coverage for families that are low income but do not qualify for no-cost Medi-Cal coverage. The CalWORKS program provides temporary financial assistance and employment focused services to families with children who are at the [...]

Dave Barry says he’ll mature when he’s dead

Dave Barry says he’ll mature when he’s dead

America’s true past time is comedy. We might not have superior dramas, the scariest horrors, or the most tear-jerking love stories, but we know our comedy. If America’s true past time is comedy, then Dave Barry might be our Joe DiMaggio. The former syndicated columnist, whose work appeared in more than 500 newspapers, has long [...]

Performance anxiety on the job?

Performance anxiety on the job?

Performance review day—boss either criticizes past slip ups you can’t change, or gives vague, unhelpful praise. Sound familiar? UCLA business school professor Samuel Culbert believes most reviews leave subordinates feeling deflated—while managers give passing marks to underperforming employees to keep their own ratings from slipping. Culbert says we should shift to forward-looking performance previews, where [...]

The gay life of the Old West

The gay life of the Old West

Gay cowboys may be forever defined in pop culture by Brokeback Mountain, but the characters played by Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in Ang Lee’s 2005 film aren’t as anomalous as they seem. For their current exhibit, The Autry National Center has mined its permanent collection, to profile gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people in [...]

Worthy of a librarian action figure, NPR’s Nancy Pearl talks book lust with Patt

Worthy of a librarian action figure, NPR’s Nancy Pearl talks book lust with Patt

She’s known as NPR’s librarian, and her knowledge of literary works is so legendary that a librarian action figure has been modeled after her. Nancy Pearl is truly a “rock star” librarian—an author, bookseller, commentator and literary critic who transcends librarian circles to become a trusted voice on all matters of reading advice and critiques. [...]

AirTalk overtime: Jewish-Muslim tension in Southern Calfornia

AirTalk overtime: Jewish-Muslim tension in Southern Calfornia

After the conclusion of the broadcast, audience members asked questions of panelists, including how the Muslim Student Union and Anteaters for Israel can cooperate or collaborate at UC Irvine, and whether contention over Israel is a political or religious issue. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs