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Images of Afghanistan: Sebastian Junger’s take on War

Images of Afghanistan: Sebastian Junger’s take on War

From the best-selling author of The Perfect Storm, comes a new book chronicling the intensity of war as experienced by one platoon based in Afghanistan. War is Sebastian Junger’s account of what soldiers feel in combat – the adrenaline-filled chaos of an ambush, the no-holds-barred risks soldiers take to protect their own, the mind-numbing anticipation [...]

Internet terror recruitment and tradecraft: how can we address an evolving tool while protecting free speech?

Internet terror recruitment and tradecraft: how can we address an evolving tool while protecting free speech?

Many tools are associated with terrorists, but use of the internet could be one of the most unstoppable. The World Wide Web could be the perfect tool to radicalize, recruit, and operate terrorist activities. The House Homeland Security subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment held a hearing today to discuss the possible [...]

The life of Artie Shaw

The life of Artie Shaw

Author and critic Tom Nolan joins Larry Mantle to discuss his new book Three Chords for Beauty’s Sake which celebrates the life and legacy of jazz legend Artie Shaw. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

California’s minority-majority voters in the 2010 elections

California’s minority-majority voters in the 2010 elections

2010 will be a huge year in California politics—a U.S. Senate seat and the Governor’s office are both up for grabs as the state grapples with a slumping economy, record budget deficits, groundbreaking environmental regulations and constant demographic changes. Minority voters, heretofore almost seen as a special interest group that needed to be courted by [...]

The stalking of Martin Luther King Jr. and the hunt for his assassin

The stalking of Martin Luther King Jr. and the hunt for his assassin

Hampton Sides dramatizes the run-up to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in his new book “Hellhound on His Trail.” The book has earned critical acclaim for its sharp writing and the compelling way it intercuts King’s final days with those of assassin James Earl Ray. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Saving the San Gabriel Mountains

Saving the San Gabriel Mountains

A group of environmentalists, scientists, and nine cities, including Claremont and La Canada-Flintridge, are pushing Rep. David Dreier (R-San Dimas) to protect a large section of Angeles National Forest. Conservationists fear that encroaching development, fires, the dwindling budget of the U.S. Forest Service, and millions of yearly visitors are threatening the integrity of the mountains. [...]

Wrapping up the Cannes Film Festival

Wrapping up the Cannes Film Festival

Before the curtain falls on the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, Larry and guests chat about this season’s cinematic highlights. What are the hottest, must-see films? Who will take home the big prizes this weekend? Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Author Carlos Ruiz Zafón on his latest work

Author Carlos Ruiz Zafón on his latest work

Increasingly, book worms no longer regard authors as belonging to a single country. The internet—and with it, Facebook, YouTube, blogs, et al—has bridged many national gaps in a furious race towards globalization. The subsequent phenomenon has been authors like Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Born in Barcelona, and living in Los Angeles since 1993, the internationally acclaimed [...]

Mark Moffett’s Adventures Among Ants

Mark Moffett’s Adventures Among Ants

Think you know everything there is to know about ants? Think again. Biologist Mark Moffett, “the Indiana Jones of Entomology,” has traveled the globe on a strange and wonderful journey into the hidden world of ants. In tales from Nigeria, Indonesia, the Amazon, Australia and California, Moffett uncovers a parallel ant universe rife with warfare, [...]

Television sells its wares at the Upfronts

Television sells its wares at the Upfronts

Upfront Week is part circus, part dog-and-pony show, and all business as television broadcast networks present their fall shows to advertisers in the hopes of snagging the big money deals. With CBS highlighting five new series, ABC trying hard to fill the void left by “Lost,” and NBC overhauling the 10 o’clock slot once again, [...]