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Sex offenders could be banned from Facebook

Sex offenders could be banned from Facebook
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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

Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy

Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy

The firm Business Intelligence Advisors (BIA) is hiring active CIA employees to place as “deception detectors” in the private sector for places like Goldman Sachs, and SAC Capital Advisors. Are these moonlighting operatives sharing their top-secret CIA training in interrogation techniques, polygraph analysis, interviewing and more with the corporate world? Does this create a conflict […]

You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up

You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up

Annabelle Gurwitch and Jeff Kahn have been married for thirteen years. In other words, they’ve had ample time annoy the hell out of each other. In their new book, You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up, the actor-writer-comedian pair, take a humorous look back at their time served. At points, their relationship seemed doomed by […]

Jonah Lehrer on making depression work for you!

Jonah Lehrer on making depression work for you!

Does depression serve an evolutionary purpose? That’s the theory doctors are beginning to explore, and in doing so, are discovering some positive sides to depression’s roots. It turns out intense rumination and fixating on one’s flaws might not be so bad if they allow you to focus on understanding your problems and doing something about […]