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The 48 Laws of Power

The 48 Laws of Power
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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 […]

KPCC goes to the LA Free Clinic

KPCC goes to the LA Free Clinic

Following a heavily-attended event last August, a massive mobile free clinic returned to Los Angeles on Tuesday for a weeklong operation at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Organized by Tennessee-based nonprofit Remote Area Medical, volunteer doctors, dentists, and health professionals are expected to treat 1,200 patients each day. Larry Mantle checks up with Alex Cohen […]

Africa – possibilities and promise, with U.S. Ambassador Michael Battle

Africa – possibilities and promise, with U.S. Ambassador Michael Battle

The influence of China in the African continent, energy needs in South Africa, political unrest of South Africa, elections in Nigeria…with 53 nations and a myriad of cultures and political identities, economic development and political progress is a constant challenge. U.S. Ambassador Michael Battle is at the fore-front of America’s efforts to help develop agriculture […]