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California’s vanishing safety net: how social services & welfare will survive the era of budget cuts

California’s vanishing safety net: how social services & welfare will survive the era of budget cuts

California’s Healthy Families program provides state sponsored low-cost insurance for children teens and pregnant mothers, filling a vital gap in insurance coverage for families that are low income but do not qualify for no-cost Medi-Cal coverage. The CalWORKS program provides temporary financial assistance and employment focused services to families with children who are at the [...]

Dave Barry says he’ll mature when he’s dead

Dave Barry says he’ll mature when he’s dead

America’s true past time is comedy. We might not have superior dramas, the scariest horrors, or the most tear-jerking love stories, but we know our comedy. If America’s true past time is comedy, then Dave Barry might be our Joe DiMaggio. The former syndicated columnist, whose work appeared in more than 500 newspapers, has long [...]

Performance anxiety on the job?

Performance anxiety on the job?

Performance review day—boss either criticizes past slip ups you can’t change, or gives vague, unhelpful praise. Sound familiar? UCLA business school professor Samuel Culbert believes most reviews leave subordinates feeling deflated—while managers give passing marks to underperforming employees to keep their own ratings from slipping. Culbert says we should shift to forward-looking performance previews, where [...]

The gay life of the Old West

The gay life of the Old West

Gay cowboys may be forever defined in pop culture by Brokeback Mountain, but the characters played by Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in Ang Lee’s 2005 film aren’t as anomalous as they seem. For their current exhibit, The Autry National Center has mined its permanent collection, to profile gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people in [...]

Worthy of a librarian action figure, NPR’s Nancy Pearl talks book lust with Patt

Worthy of a librarian action figure, NPR’s Nancy Pearl talks book lust with Patt

She’s known as NPR’s librarian, and her knowledge of literary works is so legendary that a librarian action figure has been modeled after her. Nancy Pearl is truly a “rock star” librarian—an author, bookseller, commentator and literary critic who transcends librarian circles to become a trusted voice on all matters of reading advice and critiques. [...]

AirTalk overtime: Jewish-Muslim tension in Southern Calfornia

AirTalk overtime: Jewish-Muslim tension in Southern Calfornia

After the conclusion of the broadcast, audience members asked questions of panelists, including how the Muslim Student Union and Anteaters for Israel can cooperate or collaborate at UC Irvine, and whether contention over Israel is a political or religious issue. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Why should I care if I’m vitamin D deficient?

Why should I care if I’m vitamin D deficient?

New research has doctors worried that more and more of us are deficient in vitamin D- a hormone our body produces when it’s exposed to sunlight. Could sunscreen be one culprit? While the smelly cream is essential to protect our skin from aging and skin cancer, some doctors say it is providing a barrier between [...]

Isabel Allende’s “Island Beneath the Sea”

Isabel Allende’s “Island Beneath the Sea”

Arguably the world’s most widely read Spanish-language author, Isabel Allende is back with a new book, this time bringing elements of her signature magic realism to bear on the violent birth of Haiti. <i>Island beneath the Sea</i> follows teenage slave Zarita (know as Tété) from her arranged marriage to a Frenchman to freedom in a [...]

The future of voting in California: Prop. 14 and the open primary

The future of voting in California: Prop. 14 and the open primary

The idea is to assure that the candidates with the greatest number of votes square off in state elections. Instead of having a Republican and a Democrat face each other, the system would allow for a slate of candidates and the two highest vote takers would battle it out on a general election ballot. Proponents [...]

Orange is the New Black: My Year In a Women’s Prison

Orange is the New Black: My Year In a Women’s Prison

Soon after graduating from Smith College and working as a waitress to try and find herself, Piper Kerman was smuggling drug money for a West African drug lord and in way over her head with what even the most liberal of parents would have called “a bad crowd” – ten years later those poor choices [...]