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Stop that racket: why we hate- and love- noise

Stop that racket: why we hate- and love- noise

Unlike music, speech and other frequencies we hear, noise is usually defined as “unwanted sound.” Garret Keizer examines why many of the things we most want—rapid travel, mobile communication devices and other signs of modernity—are so loud we can hardly hear ourselves think. From hip hop and metal to car alarms and helicopters, are these [...]

Lecture Notes: A Professor’s Inside Guide to College Success

Lecture Notes: A Professor’s Inside Guide to College Success

Though some of the advice may seem obvious—go to class, read the books, talk to your professors—in a time when it is becoming harder and harder to get accepted into a university maybe some straightforward tips are exactly what the college freshman of 2010 need. As the school year comes to an end, guest host [...]

The 48 Laws of Power

The 48 Laws of Power

Power. Everyone wants it; few know how to attain it. Our fascination with power is rooted in our DNA, every relationship we have revolves around someone grasping for more power. Every so often a book on philosophy is released that solidifies itself as a classic, transcending the realm of literature and reappearing as a vital [...]

‘Super’ news anchor Jim Lehrer in the house

‘Super’ news anchor Jim Lehrer in the house

Best known as the anchor of the PBS program The NewsHour and as a frequent presidential debate moderator, Jim Lehrer has a new novel out, Super. The murder mystery focuses on a time in America when railroad trains such as the Santa Fe Super Chief were the principal method of transcontinental travel. Larry talks with [...]

Molly Ringwald’s still Pretty in Pink

Molly Ringwald’s still Pretty in Pink

You know her best as the ultimate adolescent, star of the John Hughes trifecta—Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink. Now, Molly Ringwald is back with a book that combines personal reflections with the kind of advice most often whispered confidentially in ladies’ rooms. Molly Ringwald is in the house, talking with Larry about [...]

With another multi-billion dollar deficit looming, California faces a tough choice: education or prisons?

With another multi-billion dollar deficit looming, California faces a tough choice:  education or prisons?

The season of budget despair is almost upon us in California—as the fiscal year end looms on June 30th and California yet again faces a multi-billion dollar budget deficit, the latest cheery news is that the state’s revenue projections are way down. Tax collections for April were abysmal, roughly $3 billion behind what the state [...]

The price of black gold—who will pay for the Gulf of Mexico spill?

The price of black gold—who will pay for the Gulf of Mexico spill?

Ominous oil is spreading in the Gulf of Mexico and befouling wildlife and habitat and crippling the local fishing industry, who is to blame? BP’s shares are down but Transocean, the company that owned and operated the rig is also to blame – right? Or is Cameron International responsible because they manufactured the blowout preventer? [...]

Tortoises are losing the race…to survive

Tortoises are losing the race…to survive

You know the fable: the incredibly slow, but steady tortoise, always wins. But in reality, our hard-shelled reptile friends are rapidly losing the extinction race. From the four-inch creatures found in backyards, to the great tortoises of the oceanic islands of the Pacific and Indian Oceans – turtles are vulnerable to the same intransigent threats. [...]

Jerry Weintraub’s still talking

Jerry Weintraub’s still talking

He’s worked with Elvis and Sinatra and been counselor and confidante to celebrities and politicians. Now, the veteran Hollywood film producer and deal maker Jerry Weintraub has a new memoir, co-written with Vanity Fair Editor Rich Cohen. Part how-to guide, When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead: Useful Stories from a Persuasive Man, is [...]

When an oil man finds the wind: T. Boone Pickens on his adventure in alternative energy

When an oil man finds the wind: T. Boone Pickens on his adventure in alternative energy

In 2008, T. Boone Pickens, the man who made billions of dollars as an old-fashioned oil tycoon, famously called for the need to finally break the American addiction to oil. He did so by advocating for vast government and private sector investment in alternative energy sources, from solar to wind, and also put his money [...]