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Streamlining the three R’s—panel moves to standardize public education

Streamlining the three R’s—panel moves to standardize public education

To this day, there is no national standard of public education, state by state, but a panel of educators convened by the nation’s governors and state school superintendents is aiming to change that. Yesterday, they released a set of proposed academic standards to establish basic education guidelines that could apply to nearly every student in [...]

How are Haiti and the Dominican Republic so different? Jared Diamond’s Natural Experiments of History

How are Haiti and the Dominican Republic so different? Jared Diamond’s Natural Experiments of History

How did a single island, Hispaniola, produce nations as different as Haiti and the Dominican Republic? When scientists test theories, they do lab experiments. But what about situations where a quantifiable experiment is impossible? In Natural Experiments of History, Jared Diamond and his co-editor James A. Robinson look at different theories in the social sciences [...]

Laptops in the classroom – to ban or not to ban? That is the new question.

Laptops in the classroom – to ban or not to ban? That is the new question.

The prevalence of laptops in college classrooms has been hailed as good and bad. Students love it. They can type faster than they can write, AND they can surf the web during class! Professors across the country have figured that out and have started banning laptops in the classroom. On the flip side, smart phones [...]

Sex offenders could be banned from Facebook

Sex offenders could be banned from Facebook

It’s estimated that 750,000 children between the ages of 8 and 12 use social networking websites, despite the fact that many of these sites prohibit child users. According to the National Criminal Intelligence Service, internet pedophiles have become increasingly skilled at using the Internet to hide their identity and use technology to contact victims. Last [...]

"Tattoos on the Heart"

"Tattoos on the Heart"

If you’re from Los Angeles, chances are you’ve seen countless news stories about gang violence and activity. One Jesuit priest, Father Gregory Boyle, has devoted decades of his life to gang intervention in Los Angeles, the so called “gang capitol of the world.” Father Boyle founded Homeboy Industries in 1986 to offer support, job training, [...]

Are corporate boards bad for business?

Are corporate boards bad for business?

A Bank of America director questioned the CEO’s $76 million pay package in a year when the bank laid off 12,600 workers. She was dropped from the board a few months later. The General Motors board gave its CEO a 64 percent raise in 2007, the same year the company took $39 billion in losses. [...]

The story of the Oscar nominated film Precious

The story of the Oscar nominated film Precious

The gut-wrenching novel, ‘Push’ by Sapphire (2008) was adapted into the powerful and heartbreaking screenplay Precious by Geoffrey Fletcher. The film was nominated for six Oscars including Best Picture of the Year and Fletcher himself won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. He tells Patt about how he brought this tragic story to the silver [...]

Packing heat in Starbucks: the slow erosion of gun restrictions in the U.S.

Packing heat in Starbucks: the slow erosion of gun restrictions in the U.S.

When Barack Obama was elected President conservative gun rights activists went into a frenzy: reports of huge spikes in sales of guns and ammunition came in across the country, on the fear that the new liberal president would move quickly to impose new gun restrictions. Ironically the opposite has happened in the first year under [...]

Frozen in time

Frozen in time

Forget those social studies textbooks filled with dry descriptions of tools and soil samples—author Brian Fagan’s chronicle Cro Magnon reveals the urgency and danger of early human society. Could battling traffic on the 405 and hunting wooly mammoths be any more different—or alike? What do ice age people and modern humans have in common? Is [...]

FilmWeek Academy Awards Preview

FilmWeek Academy Awards Preview

Larry Mantle and the FilmWeek critics traveled to the Egyptian Theatre for our 8th annual Academy Awards preview show. Who will take home Oscar gold? Who will be disappointed? KPCC’s critics make their predictions. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs