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Yoga hits its stride

Yoga hits its stride

From the 19-century hucksterism of Pierre Bernard (the man who first championed yoga in America) to yoga at the White House Easter Egg Roll, Stefanie Syman’s new book, The Subtle Body – The Story Of Yoga In America, tells the story of how yoga arrived in America and its subsequent growth to eventually reach nearly [...]

Long for this World

Long for this World

Since the Middles Ages, life expectancy has jumped from 30 to the ripe age of 75. We have an abundance of food, advanced technology and superior health care. But yet we still want more. How many plastic surgeries, supplements and açaí berries can we have until we go crazy? Jonathan Weiner explores the human quest [...]

Stem Cell Research Aimed at Curing AIDS

Stem Cell Research Aimed at Curing AIDS

In light of President Obama’s new HIV/AIDS strategy, today we’re talking with a trio of local researchers, including Nobel Prize winning Caltech AIDS researcher Dr. David Baltimore, about new, cutting edge work being using stem cells and gene therapy to treat – and possibly one day cure – HIV/AIDS. This research focuses on engineering blood [...]

Connecting the world, one Facebook profile at a time

Connecting the world, one Facebook profile at a time

To over 500 million people, Facebook is the new pastime, where we poke, browse through pictures and write on walls, rather than call or talk in person. Teenage girls are more likely to check their news feed before they’ve even had their morning Wheaties. So how did this college handbook develop into a website and [...]

Pete Carroll on Trojans’ winning strategy

Pete Carroll on Trojans’ winning strategy

In nine years at USC, head football coach Pete Carroll led the Trojans to seven straight Pac-10 titles and two national championships. Now he’s taken his winning coaching strategy to the NFL to coach the Seattle Seahawks. Shortly after his departure for Seattle, however, the NCAA imposed several sanctions against the Trojans, including a two-year [...]

Is it illegal to film the police?

Is it illegal to film the police?

High-profile cases of late, most notably Johannes Mehserle’s trial, have relied in part on video footage from cell phones taken by bystanders. In addition to a proliferation of this type of evidence, has come an increase in arrests of civilians using portable video cameras and cell-phones to document police conduct. But is this an arrestable [...]

Angry? The benefits of blowing your top

Angry? The benefits of blowing your top

Who could forget Peter Finch as Howard Beale and the famous “mad as hell” speech from the 1976 dark-comedy classic Network? But was Howard Beale really on to something? Psychologists are finding more and more evidence that there really is a benefit to getting mad as hell. And there are even societal expectations that, sometimes, [...]

Pete Carroll looks to the future

Pete Carroll looks to the future

Pete Carroll has led the USC Trojans to two national championships and seven Pac-10 titles during his nine-year reign as head football coach. But he’s also watched as both he and his former team are slammed with NCAA penalties over Reggie Bush’s banned perks and Carroll’s hiring of an extra coach. He’s an influential fixture [...]

FilmWeek: Inception, Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Kisses and more. Then, do ultra-hyped openings help or hurt films?

FilmWeek: Inception, Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Kisses and more. Then, do ultra-hyped openings help or hurt films?

Larry Mantle and critics Andy Klein of Brand X and Henry Sheehan of henrysheehan.com discuss the week’s new film releases including Inception, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Operation Endgame, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead, among others. TGI-FilmWeek! Also, in light of the opening of Inception, Larry and the critics open up the phones to talk with [...]

“Simpsons” writer Larry Doyle on his new book “Go, Mutants!”

“Simpsons” writer Larry Doyle on his new book “Go, Mutants!”

Larry Doyle understands what you want. He hears you. The former writer/producer of <i>The Simpsons</i> and frequent contributor to the New Yorker has been satiating the mainstream’s humor appetite for years now, and in the process, his first novel <i>I Love You, Beth Cooper</i> won the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Now he’s back, this [...]