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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. [...]

The Bargain Junkie

The Bargain Junkie

Who doesn’t love a bargain? But even in today’s fluctuating economy people still want to live a privileged life, even if their bank accounts aren’t as privileged as their “druthers.” Have no fear; Annie Korzen has the plan for you. The self-described “thriftaholic” is spreading her epiphany, promising that even though you’re on a budget, [...]

Mothers & daughters, conflict to communication

Mothers & daughters, conflict to communication

The mother-daughter bond is one often fraught with conflict. In many families, this precarious, emotionally charged relationship see-saws between loving closeness and jealous rage. Why all the drama? In his new book Side By Side, clinical psychiatrist Charles Sophy identifies the roots of this conflict, which often begins in infancy, and outlines a communication strategy [...]

The man behind KPCC’s new studios

The man behind KPCC’s new studios

KPCC- Southern California Public Radio has grown tremendously since becoming the Southland's only 24/7 public radio news service in 2000. The newsroom has grown from 3 to over 30 journalists, and broadcasting coverage has expanded into Orange County, the Inland Empire, and the Coachella Valley. Now KPCC has a new broadcast center in Pasadena to [...]