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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. [...]

Ask the Chief – from the new LAPD headquarters

Ask the Chief – from the new LAPD headquarters

The homicide rate in Los Angeles is at its lowest in 18 years and crime rates are generally down throughout Southern California, but the LAPD faces increasing challenges with new budget cuts and diminishing resources. For the first time, Patt takes "Ask the Chief" to the people, with a live audience at the new LAPD [...]

Relief efforts continue in Haiti

Relief efforts continue in Haiti

Relief efforts continue 60+ hours after the 7.0 earthquake struck Port-au-Prince. Patt talks about relief efforts from the Dominican Republic with a member of Partners in Health, Dr. Paul Farmer’s organization, which has been working in Haiti for nearly twenty-five years, and today is one of the largest non-governmental health care providers in the country. [...]

The Wronged Man and the courageous woman

The Wronged Man and the courageous woman

Julia Ormond stars in a new Lifetime original movie where she plays a paralegal struggling to overcome doubts about the culpability of a wrongfully accused man. Her role in the movie doesn’t stray too far from who Julia is in real life. She’s a supporter of The Innocence Project, a national litigation organization dedicated to [...]

One man’s heroic (or masochistic) quest to find the worst film ever made

One man’s heroic (or masochistic) quest to find the worst film ever made

Usually, film critics are on the lookout for good films. Those life-affirming gems that lift us up, teach us something new, confirm our humanity. But Australian film critic Michael Adams embarked on a different quest. His mission was to uncover the worst movie ever made. For an entire year, Adams watched one terrible flick a [...]

Haiti update

Haiti update

Aid supplies remain scarce in Haiti after Tuesday's 7.0-magnitude earthquake, and bodies are piling up in the streets. Yesterday the International Red Cross estimated that 50,000 people were killed. Larry Mantle gets the latest news on the relief effort in Haiti. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Atul Gawande: The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

Atul Gawande: The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

Medical errors are commonplace, but with so much at stake and a technically-advanced field, they shouldn’t be. In his newest book, Dr. Gawande explores a wide variety of industries and finds a common mistake-deterrent: the checklist. Applying a simple checklist for surgery—is this the right patient? What are their allergies?—has been shown to dramatically reduce [...]

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