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Frank Schaeffer’s “Patience with God”

Frank Schaeffer’s “Patience with God”
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Frank Schaeffer found himself equally disgusted by right-wing evangelists as by “uber liberal New Atheists.” In “Patience with God,” he searches for a middle ground between the polarizing forces of religion—and anti-religion—in America. In this critical look at the goals and strategies of both fundamentalism and New Atheism, Schaeffer offers a kind of spirituality for […]

Ed Sullivan’s America

Ed Sullivan’s America

"Tonight, we have a really big show…" Gerald Nachman's book "Right Here on Our Stage Tonight!" explores the history of the Ed Sullivan Show and its place as an American institution. As kingmaker (and tastemaker) of American pop culture in the mid-20th century, looking at the Ed Sullivan Show means looking at our own history. […]

Title Wave! A book lover’s roundtable

Title Wave! A book lover’s roundtable

What do you do with the person in your life that’s just impossible to shop for? You throw the book at them! Patt talks with two local book aficionados about their favorite books of 2009 and opens up the lines to you. What are the best books of 2009? Call in with your choice or […]

What corporate fiefs will the “pay czar” rule now?

What corporate fiefs will the “pay czar” rule now?

Few wield as much power over Wall Street right now than White House "pay czar" Kenneth Feinberg. He has single-handedly capped the salaries of executives at some of the biggest financial institutions in the nation including, AIG, Citigroup, and Bank of America. He is even credited with prompting Goldman Sachs to starve its top performers […]

Trade-off: why some things catch on and others don’t

Trade-off: why some things catch on and others don’t

Why did camera phones become so popular? Why are Internet TV shows barely present? What's the appeal of iPods and Walmart? With all products, there's a trade-off between quality and convenience. In "Trade Off," writer Kevin Maney looks at the American consumer's relationship with these two conflicting forces and examines how they shaped the relative […]

Amy Alkon Sees Rude People

Amy Alkon Sees Rude People

Rude people are everywhere, as they always have been. But what’s the best way to stop them? Advice Goddess columnist Amy Alkon is a little more forthright than Emily Post might be; from noisy cell phone chatters to crying babies in restaurants, she takes no prisoners. Is it the only way to fight back or […]

Life: Is that all there is?

Life: Is that all there is?

We’re all going to die. But what happens after that? The question has perplexed scientists, philosophers and people of faith since time immemorial. In recent years, atheists have used reason to “prove” that life after death is merely a naïve notion. Now, bestselling author Dinesh D’Souza argues that it’s not only logical, but likely. Professional […]

Is teenage binge drinking on the rise?

Is teenage binge drinking on the rise?

Teen drinking overall seems to be down, but binge drinking is another story… A South Pasadena teen was remembered by friends and family last week after he died on the way home from a party, apparently due to alcohol poisoning. He would have celebrated his 18th birthday Monday. How common is binge drinking among older […]

Medicaid children and access to antipsychotic drugs

Medicaid children and access to antipsychotic drugs

If you're a kid and poor, you're more likely to be prescribed antipsychotic drugs – four times more likely to be exact – than if you're a kid from a middle-income family. We check in with the study's lead author on this stark disparity and the reasons behind the numbers. Read the Full Story at […]

The Bush Administration’s inbox mystery: 22 million missing emails

The Bush Administration’s inbox mystery: 22 million missing emails

Given all of the controversy and secrecy surrounding many of the Bush administration’s national security decisions over eight years, the White House email from 2000 – 2008 must contain some juicy reading. To that end, two advocacy groups had sued the former administration in search of some 22 million emails that the Executive Office of […]