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On fact and fraud in science

On fact and fraud in science

It's not easy to identify fraud in science, says CalTech physicist David Goodstein. In his book On Fact and Fraud, Goodstein examines cases of alleged scientific misconduct, such as Robert Millikan's measurement of an electron's charge; the "discovery" of cold fusion; and the discovery of high-temperature superconductivity- a feat that seemed implausible, but turned out [...]

Harold Evans’ Paper Chase: True Stories of Vanished Times

Harold Evans’ Paper Chase: True Stories of Vanished Times

Harold Evans, editor of the Sunday Times from 1967 until Rupert Murdoch acquired the paper in 1981, made a name for himself by pursuing stories hidden from public view, as he did when, upon his arrival at the paper, he pushed against the Ministry of Health to cover the stories of families affected by use [...]

Getting organized, Google style

Getting organized, Google style

No one is capable of multitasking. You might expect to hear such an admonition from your grandmother, but from a Google exec? That’s exactly the message former Chief Information Officer and cognitive scientist Douglas Merrill imparts in his book Getting Organized in the Google Era. What’s the most efficient and effective way to manage information? [...]

Annie Leonard’s “Story of Stuff”—how to use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without

Annie Leonard’s “Story of Stuff”—how to use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without

Stuff. We’ve got a lot of it, we don’t share it well, and some of it is even toxic. Annie Leonard first tackled the story of stuff in her online “Story of Stuff” video, which went viral a few years ago. The simple cartoon explained the processes our stuff goes through on its journey from [...]

Are schools failing boys?

Are schools failing boys?

A number of indicators suggest that—compared to girls—boys are struggling in school. Richard Whitmire—author of “Why Boys Fail”—says that’s because schools increasingly emphasize verbal skills. Is that the whole picture or do gender expectations limit both boys and girls? Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Orange County Noir

Orange County Noir

From the latest in the Akashic Noir series: “Orange County, California, brings to mind the endless summer of sand and surf, McMansion housing tracts, a conservative stronghold, tony shopping centers where pilates classes are run like boot camp and real-estate values are discussed at your weekly colonic, and ice-cream parlors on Main Street, U.S.A., exist [...]

Bermuda International Film Festival

Bermuda International Film Festival

Peter Rainer joins Larry Mantle to discuss standout films from the 2010 Bermuda International Film Festival, which wrapped last week. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Recession marketing: How are companies and consumers adapting to the recession?

Recession marketing: How are companies and consumers adapting to the recession?

Free food for a year? Who wouldn’t sign up for that? That’s exactly what companies like Denny’s (win a “Grand Slam for a Year”) around the U.S. are banking on to get customers in their door and spending money during the recession. Subway is giving 71 customers free sandwiches for a year to promote its [...]

99 things to eat in LA before you die

99 things to eat in LA before you die

From a maple bacon donut at Nickel Diner to the sizzling catfish at Chinois, food critic Jonathan Gold joins Larry to talk about the 99 best things to eat in Los Angeles. Would you second or strike any of Jonathan's selections? Share your picks here. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Walter Mosley’s Known to Evil

Walter Mosley’s Known to Evil

Crime fiction novelist Walter Mosley stops by the studio to talk about his latest book, “Known to Evil.” From the author of “Devil in a Blue Dress” and the creator of the black private detective Easy Rawlins, Mosley’s newest work is a departure from Rawlins, but a window into Leonid McGill, an imperfect man fighting [...]