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Child sexual abuse — trauma or myth?

Child sexual abuse — trauma or myth?

It’s widely accepted by psychotherapists that sexual abuse is a traumatic experience for children, causing emotional repercussions that last well into adulthood. But in her controversial new book, “The Trauma Myth,” memory and trauma expert Susan Clancy posits that children, with their limited understanding of sexual matters, aren’t traumatized by these experiences. Clancy interviewed over [...]

When Brute Force Fails

When Brute Force Fails

Crime may be down in Los Angeles, but punishment remains a significant state issue, compounded by Gov. Schwarzenegger’s recent urging to privatize prisons. Nationally, one in every hundred men in the U.S. is incarcerated—the highest number in our history and the highest percentage of any country in the world. What’s at the root of this [...]

How Warren Beatty seduced America

How Warren Beatty seduced America

With memorable roles in Bonnie and Clyde, Shampoo, Bugsy, and Bulworth, Warren Beatty is one of the most iconic figures in film. Along with Orson Welles, he is the only person to be nominated for four Academy Awards for a single film- though Beatty did it twice, earning actor, director, screenwriter, and producer nominations for [...]

Ed Harris in “Wrecks”

Ed Harris in “Wrecks”

Playwright Neil LaBute and Obie/Golden Globe winner, four-time Oscar and Tony nominee Ed Harris are bringing “Wrecks” to the Geffen Playhouse next month. They sit down with Patt to talk about the story of a widower preparing for his wife’s funeral. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

This is your brain at work

This is your brain at work

It's distracted, drained, and deluged by a seemingly constant onslaught of email, meetings and demands. It’s enough to make a brain shut down and—according to author David Rock—it will, especially at 3pm. Why? Our brains aren’t built to focus on complicated things for hours…and hours…on end. But as the economy tightens, employees are taking on [...]

Rain, wind and mud – and more rain, wind and mud

Rain, wind and mud – and more rain, wind and mud

The third storm to hit Los Angeles area in a week is bringing heavy rainfall and winds, with officials issuing flash flood watches and evacuation orders in areas at risk for mudslides. With a fourth storm expected tomorrow we get the latest weather forecast and updates on mud flows with our KPCC reporters and homeowners [...]

Chris Farrell’s “New Frugality”

Chris Farrell’s “New Frugality”

Is your relationship healthy? Your relationship with finances, that is? After years of easy credit, overspending and undersaving, many Americans have found themselves overwhelmed with debt. Marketplace Money’s Chris Farrell is here with “moderation” as his mantra for life, explaining how our approach to our finances should be similar to our policy on climate change [...]

The presidential race of a lifetime

The presidential race of a lifetime

In “Game Change,” reporters John Heilemann and Mark Halperin reveal the behind-the-scenes dealings of the 2008 presidential election. The book already caused a stir- and prompted an apology from Harry Reid- for the senator’s comment on Barack Obama’s political viability. Elsewhere, the authors detail how Senate Democrats silently supported Obama during the primaries but feared [...]

Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth

Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth

Lamaze, water births, doulas—giving birth seems to go through as many fads as fashion. In “Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth,” Dr. Randi Epstein illustrates how each development—and setback—from the invention of forceps and pain medications to womb-renting and experiments on female slaves in the 1800s, are a reflection of our society’s deepest desires [...]

Why do women have sex?

Why do women have sex?

In the 40s and 50s, Alfred Kinsey, the "father" of sexology, asked about people’s sexual histories. In the free-loving 60s, Masters and Johnson explored sexual response. But for all their pioneering research, they never asked why. Now, Cindy Meston, a clinical psychologist, and David Buss, an evolutionary psychologist are asking this simple but informative question. [...]