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"The Buddha"

"The Buddha"

Most people have heard of Buddhism but not many really know about its history and teachings. In the new film, “The Buddha,” documentarian David Grubin explores the life, journey and teachings of Prince Siddhartha who left his palace to seek enlightenment. Through use of artwork, animation, interviews (including one with the Dalai Lama) and footage [...]

Combating terror in the skies

Combating terror in the skies

A Nigerian man boarded a flight to the U.S. with bombs strapped into his pants on Christmas Day, raising old fears and older questions about how far the government should go to secure the skies. Can we protect personal safety and civil liberties? How much freedom are we willing to sacrifice in order to make [...]

The rehabilitation—or gutting?—of No Child Left Behind begins

The rehabilitation—or gutting?—of No Child Left Behind begins

It was one of the first lightening rod issues of the Bush Administration and remains a source of huge controversy to this day, 9 years after it was first enacted: The No Child Left Behind law, designed to measure the success rates of schools while holding them accountable in the process, resulted in one in [...]

The Quants: How math whizzes nearly destroyed Wall Street

The Quants: How math whizzes nearly destroyed Wall Street

Wall Street traders traditionally make decisions by following intuition and looking at the fundamentals of the market. But by the turn of the century, a group of math whizzes relied increasingly on quantitative investing- pairing complex analytical formulas with high-speed computers to predict the future of the stock market. These "quants" made billions with their [...]

Jesse Ventura’s "American Conspiracies"

Jesse Ventura’s "American Conspiracies"

Conspiracy theories are often rejected as mindless babble from the “nuts” of our nation. But some people have tried to defend their legitimacy. Former Minnesota governor and professional wrestler Jesse Ventura offers his take on some of the most talked about conspiracies of our time. From 9/11 to JFK’s assassination, Jesse tells us what he [...]

Tammy Wynette: Tragic Country Queen

Tammy Wynette: Tragic Country Queen

A new biography looks at the dramatic life of country music legend Tammy Wynette, including her 5 marriages, 17-number-one hits, and years of drug-addiction. Author Jimmy McDonough says the lady who crooned “Stand By Your Man” was much more complex—and independent—than people give her credit for. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Andy Garcia’s "City Island"

Andy Garcia’s "City Island"

The average American family has secrets, but nothing like those that the Rizzo family keeps. In the new movie City Island, Andy Garcia stars as Vince Rizzo a corrections officer and aspiring actor. Vince stops at nothing to cover up his evening acting classes even if it means his wife thinks he’s having an affair. [...]

The Routes of Man

The Routes of Man

Forget the station wagon—and Kerouac for that matter. Ted Conover’s road trips veer off the smooth blacktop in favor of truck convoys through Kenya, Beijing racing clubs, altitude-inducing Andean shipping routes. Conover explores how roads can bring resources, trade, and modernity to the most remote regions of the world along with disease and social strife. [...]

LA – sane and mundane?

LA – sane and mundane?

According to the Daily Beast, Los Angeles is not as crazy as we Angelenos may have thought. Lacking a slogan with the obvious appeal of Austin’s “KEEP IT WEIRD” or the eccentricity of New York City’s “Naked Cowboy” is Los Angeles the black sheep in the land of the loonies? We at Patt Morrison don’t [...]

Blockbusting: George Lucas’ guide to timeless films

Blockbusting: George Lucas’ guide to timeless films

George Lucas's latest project isn't a movie- it's a 976 page book. In "Blockbusting," Lucas surveys over 100 years of moviemaking to pick 300 films that stand the test of time. Of interest to film buffs are the shooting schedules, financial figures and trivia behind the making of each movie. The production costs and box [...]