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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 [...]

Twitter founder launches new venture

Twitter founder launches new venture

Twitter was just the beginning. After shaking up the world of online communication, Jack Dorsey is now disrupting our payment ecosystem. Dorsey’s new start-up – Square – will allow anyone with a cell phone or iPod to accept credit card payments quickly and easily. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

A good man is hard to find

A good man is hard to find

What does it mean to “be a man” in America today? That’s the question Tom Matlack posed to Pulitzer winners and Poet Laureates to ex-cons, yogis, Pro Football Hall of Famers and just everyday guys. Their experiences, from their defining challenges to their losses and triumphs, are collected in Matlack’s new book, and he’s hoping [...]

Dental care for all?

Dental care for all?

Experts agree that dental care is essential to overall health, yet it seems to have been largely left out of the ongoing healthcare debate. Federal health statistics show that at least 26 million children and 82 million adults lack health insurance. Cost, language and other barriers keep many Americans from having access to dental care. [...]

The People Speak

The People Speak

Since originally being published in 1980 activist and historian Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States” has sold more than 2 million copies. In his latest effort, “The People Speak” Zinn uses celebrities to give voice to the under-heard from throughout history. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Thank heaven for Leslie Caron

Thank heaven for Leslie Caron

Leslie Caron went from dancing as a ballerina in Paris to instant stardom with her debut in the musical "An American in Paris." In her memoir "Thank Heaven," Caron recounts living through Hollywood's Golden Era, from her iconic role in "Gigi", to her romance with Warren Beatty, to her struggles to overcome depression and alcoholism [...]

Can you get by without a checking or savings account? Many Americans do…..

Can you get by without a checking or savings account? Many Americans do…..

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Happy 30th birthday, MOCA

Happy 30th birthday, MOCA

This year marks the 30th anniversary of LA's Museum of Contemporary Art. To celebrate, MOCA is showcasing works from its permanent collection. Local art lovers breathed sighs of relief last year when the museum received a personal bailout from Eli Broad. How are area museums faring in this economic climate? Read the Full Story at [...]