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Economy is down, but movie prices are UP!

Economy is down, but movie prices are UP!

These days, movie tickets run about $10 in most major cities. If you’re headed to an ArcLight cinema in Southern California, prepare to drop $11 on a weekday and 14 smackaroos on weekends. Throw in some 3-D glasses and a family movie outing will cost you upwards of 60 big ones. And that’s without any [...]

Don’t Vote, It Just Encourages the Bastards

Don’t Vote, It Just Encourages the Bastards

Don’t Vote: It Just Encourages the Bastards – P.J. O’Rourke on politics and politicians“We should remind ourselves of the purpose of voting, says P.J. O’Rourke in his new book. “We don’t vote to elect great persons to office. They’re not that great. We vote to throw the bastards out.” With mid-term elections just around the [...]

Richard Dawkins and The Greatest Show on Earth

Richard Dawkins and The Greatest Show on Earth

Genesis 1:21And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. In an August 2005 Gallup poll, 58% of the public said that creationism was definitely or probably true as an [...]

Scientists & surfers in pursuit of rogue waves

Scientists & surfers in pursuit of rogue waves

For centuries sailors have told tales of tall waves, one hundred feet high or more, coming from nowhere and swallowing ships. Scientists tended to regard these stories with skepticism. But in the past few decades a startling number of ships seem to have been destroyed by huge rogue waves. In her new book The Wave, [...]

LA’s drive to curb food trucks

LA’s drive to curb food trucks

The recent explosion of gourmet food trucks – serving everything from grilled cheese to red-velvet cup cakes – has transformed curbside dining. Obsessed fans track the mobile eateries on Twitter and endure long lines to feast and commune with fellow foodies. But critics say the trucks ignore parking and zoning regulations, steal business from brick [...]

TitleWave: Philip Roth’s Nemesis

TitleWave: Philip Roth’s Nemesis

Polio wasn’t always the petulant paralytic disease that struck fear into the hearts of parents and children that it was during the middle of the 20th century – for years, people would catch a mild case of the disease and develop immunity to it. As sanitation began to improve our exposure and thus resistance to [...]

Why are you gay?

Why are you gay?

Fanning the flames of controversy around gay marriage are questions about what is natural when it comes to sexual orientation. Whether we’re gay, straight or bisexual, how much of who we are in the bedroom is predetermined? Neuroscientist Simon LeVay drags the science behind behavior out of the closet. Read the Full Story at KPCC [...]

The Wind Doesn’t Need a Passport: Stories from the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

The Wind Doesn’t Need a Passport: Stories from the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

Journalist Tyche Hendricks trekked through deserts and jungles, helped pregnancy test cattle and bury hurricane victims, monitored polling stations and learned to cook pollo en mole as she gathered the stories of those who live along the U.S. – Mexico border. Through the eyes of ordinary Americans and Mexicans – cowboys, factory workers, physicians, Indians, [...]

Where do good ideas come from?

Where do good ideas come from?

Where do good ideas come from?: How does innovation happen? In his new book Where Ideas Come From, Steven Johnson explores how world-changing ideas surface. Johnson argues that a series of shared properties and patterns show up consistently in certain very creative and fertile environments. By embracing these patterns and incorporating them into our work [...]

Half a Life

Half a Life

Years ago, on a clear and sober day Darin Strauss hit and killed a young cyclist with his Oldsmobile. In his memoir, <i>Half a Life</i>, Strauss details how he decided to live his life more ambitiously than before at the request of the young girl’s mother and how he struggled to keep the accident secret [...]