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White boys can’t jump, but it’s OK to bring them home

White boys can’t jump, but it’s OK to bring them home

Is love blind? Harvard-educated attorney Karyn Langhorne Folan is an African-American woman married to a white man. She wonders why otherwise open-minded women of color are often closed to the idea of interracial dating. Is dating white men the ultimate symbol of freedom of choice and progress for black women—or of self-hatred and voluntary subjugation? [...]

"Meeting of Minds"

"Meeting of Minds"

Get your time machines ready. Some of history’s most notable figures converge at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood for the second stage production of Meeting of Minds. The program started as a PBS show hosted by Steve Allen in the 1970’s and early 80’s, with historical figures (portrayed by actors) discussing everything from religion [...]

Waking Sleeping Beauty

Waking Sleeping Beauty

Larry Mantle discusses the new documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty. The film chronicles both the prolific and turbulent period of Disney animation history, from 1984-1994, and the studio's resurgence with features like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion King. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Web only bonus: Combating terror in the skies Q&A

Web only bonus: Combating terror in the skies Q&A

Larry Mantle and panelists answer listener questions from the Center for the Preservation of Democracy Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

"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

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