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Iron River by T. Jefferson Parker

Iron River by T. Jefferson Parker

Forget the NAFTA-friendly flow of tomatoes and televisions, the U.S.-Mexico border's most lucrative trade is the black market for drugs, cash, and guns. T. Jefferson's Parker's newest Charlie Hood novel is a work of fiction, but the gun-smuggling route he traces, known as the Iron River, is anything but. Larry talks with the crime writer [...]

I can’t get no (job) satisfaction

I can’t get no (job) satisfaction

Are you satisfied with your job? Would you rate your workplace experience as a happy or miserable one? While you might expect that most working Americans aren’t thrilled in the workplace, especially with the salary and benefits cuts of the past two years, generally people remain happy with their jobs. Then comes along a new [...]

Finding the ultimate theory of time

Finding the ultimate theory of time

It seems obvious that time runs in one direction- people don't grow younger and an egg can't be unscrambled, for example. But why is this so? In his book "From Eternity to Here," physicist Sean Carroll seeks to create a better understanding of time. According to Carroll, time's one-way arrow is due to conditions before [...]

The only thing to fear is… everything?

The only thing to fear is… everything?

It could be said that America has transformed itself from the land of the free… to the land of the fear. 9/11, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the financial collapse, H1N1, terrorism around every corner — our day to day lives are defined by fear. Three out of four Americans say that they are more [...]

Beyond breeding: childless by choice

Beyond breeding: childless by choice

Can a couple live a happy life without children? Laura Scott takes a look at America's falling birth rate in her book, "Two is Enough" and considers when and why couples choose to remain childless. How common is the decision? And what sort of "family values" emerge from two-person clans? Read the Full Story at [...]

"Race to the Top" vote today

"Race to the Top" vote today

Both houses of the state legislature will vote today on an education plan that would allow California to compete for up to $700 million in funding under President Obama's Race to the Top program. The legislation includes some controversial provisions, including one that would allow students in the 1,000 worst schools in California to apply [...]

Snitching: Criminal Informants and the Erosion of American Justice

Snitching: Criminal Informants and the Erosion of American Justice

There are a lot of reasons a prison inmate will talk to his fellow prisoners, and there are even more reasons those prisoners will give up information, true or not, to authorities. For years the U.S. justice system has used this inside information, or snitching, to prosecute and convict a wide variety of criminals—but is [...]

Great leaders, creative thinkers, and the heroes of a hurricane

Great leaders, creative thinkers, and the heroes of a hurricane

Larry talks with author-historian Walter Isaacson about his new book, American Sketches: Great Leaders, Creative Thinkers, And The Heroes Of A Hurricane (Simon & Schuster). The book highlights those individuals, from the founding fathers to techno wizards, who have been instrumental in shaping American history and why. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Did federal agencies drop the ball on the pants bomber?

Did federal agencies drop the ball on the pants bomber?

Could better communication between federal intelligence agencies have prevented Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab from boarding a flight to the United States? John Brennan says, not a chance. The deputy national security adviser to President Obama denies a "smoking gun" in inter-agency communications. How well are agencies cooperating to prevent terrorism? Read the Full Story at KPCC [...]

Carl Jung’s mythical Red Book

Carl Jung’s mythical Red Book

It’s been called the most influential psychology book that was never published. In 1914, Carl Jung began an effort self-exploration, developing his principle theories such as the collective unconscious and individuation. Over 16 years, Jung put his thoughts and illustrations in "The Red Book", which he transcribed in calligraphic script and filled with his own [...]