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Cleaving: a story of marriage, meat and obsession

Cleaving: a story of marriage, meat and obsession

The author and heroine of “Julie and Julia,” the New York Times bestseller, has written about another journey into the world of food. Julie Powell joins Larry in studio to talk about her new memoir, which tells the story of being torn between the husband she adores, the affair she can’t resist, and the apprenticeship [...]

Adventures in Adland

Adventures in Adland

While “Mad Men” tells the story of advertising’s glory days, what’s happened now, when there are almost as many venues for ads as pairs of eyes to sell to? The story of Adland Patt talks with the author of ADLAND about how some of the greatest ads of all time sold us on their products [...]

Directing Up in the Air

Directing Up in the Air

Larry Mantle talks with the director and writer of the film, “Up In The Air,” Jason Reitman, about his critically acclaimed film and his career in Hollywood. Reitman also directed the films “Thank You For Smoking” and “Juno.” Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

Before becoming the U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan served for seven years as the CEO of Chicago Public Schools. Duncan has said that education is "the most pressing issue facing America" and that the quality of the country's education system will determine the long-term health of the economy. Among Duncan's efforts, the $4 billion [...]

Comedy Congress from the Ice House!

Comedy Congress from the Ice House!

The comedic material emanating from Washington D.C., and state capitols across the country, is enough to make any sitcom writer jealous, even if most of that comedy is unintentional. Our motto on Comedy Congress is that just when politics makes you want to cry, it’s usually best to laugh. Today we laugh at the shrill [...]

Going Rouge!

Going Rouge!

Not “Going Rogue,” but “Going Rouge”—the near namesake to Sarah Palin’s memoir, published the very same day—chronicles the apoplectic outrage and satire that roiled from pundits on the left in response to the then Alaskan Governor and 2008 Republican Vice Presidential nominee. Patt talks with contributors to the collection—Slate’s senior editors Emily Bazelon and Dahlia [...]

Pops: a life of Louis Armstrong

Pops: a life of Louis Armstrong

Louie, LEW-iss, Satchmo, Pops – call him what you will, Louis Armstrong transformed American music with his jazz trumpet solos and signature, raspy vocals, bringing a New Orleans sound to the world. The beloved jazz legend lived a much darker and more dangerous life than hits like "What a Wonderful World" suggest. We look back [...]

Our Front Pages – the best of "The Onion"

Our Front Pages – the best of "The Onion"

“Canada signs nonaggression pact with the United States.” “Secondhand smoke causes secondhand coolness.” “New Starbucks opens in restroom of existing Starbucks.” There is only one publication that could produce eye catching headlines like these, and win awards for it. The Onion could be deemed the last bastion of reliable, unbiased, and definitive news reporting in [...]

America’s favorite pastime: shopping

America’s favorite pastime: shopping

Despite hard economic times, author Lee Eisenberg says Americans still have the urge to spend, spend, spend. In his new book "Shoptimism," the former Esquire editor explores why we buy things, how we shop and the sorts of tricks the advertising industry plays on consumers. What kind of shopper are you? Do you only buy [...]

Dental payment scams

Dental payment scams

There’s a way for people without a lot of money to pay for health care needs – from eyeglasses to root canals. It’s called a CareCredit card. In theory, this approach to financing medical costs allows patients to visit doctors when they want to and pay for care using a designated credit account. But one [...]