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Snitching: Criminal Informants and the Erosion of American Justice

Snitching: Criminal Informants and the Erosion of American Justice
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There are a lot of reasons a prison inmate will talk to his fellow prisoners, and there are even more reasons those prisoners will give up information, true or not, to authorities. For years the U.S. justice system has used this inside information, or snitching, to prosecute and convict a wide variety of criminals—but is […]

Great leaders, creative thinkers, and the heroes of a hurricane

Great leaders, creative thinkers, and the heroes of a hurricane

Larry talks with author-historian Walter Isaacson about his new book, American Sketches: Great Leaders, Creative Thinkers, And The Heroes Of A Hurricane (Simon & Schuster). The book highlights those individuals, from the founding fathers to techno wizards, who have been instrumental in shaping American history and why. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Did federal agencies drop the ball on the pants bomber?

Did federal agencies drop the ball on the pants bomber?

Could better communication between federal intelligence agencies have prevented Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab from boarding a flight to the United States? John Brennan says, not a chance. The deputy national security adviser to President Obama denies a "smoking gun" in inter-agency communications. How well are agencies cooperating to prevent terrorism? Read the Full Story at KPCC […]

Carl Jung’s mythical Red Book

Carl Jung’s mythical Red Book

It’s been called the most influential psychology book that was never published. In 1914, Carl Jung began an effort self-exploration, developing his principle theories such as the collective unconscious and individuation. Over 16 years, Jung put his thoughts and illustrations in "The Red Book", which he transcribed in calligraphic script and filled with his own […]

The Truth-Gradient in Memoir Writing

The Truth-Gradient in Memoir Writing

The cover of Ben Yagoda’s Memoir includes a laurel wreath, an astronaut’s helmet, and a pilot’s cap, invoking the idea that one can wear many hats—and write with many personalities. And as Yagoda insists, memoirs are not 100% true, and the parts that are true may be hard to identify. Listing hundreds of examples of […]

The Onion’s top stories from the past 4.5 billion years

The Onion’s top stories from the past 4.5 billion years

Evolution’s going great, reports trilobite. Woman domesticated. Industrial revolution provides millions of out-of-work children with jobs. Burn your history textbooks, boys and girls, America's finest news source sums up the most significant headlines from the Big Bang forward. The Onion's Joe Garden fills you in on all the stories you were too busy clubbing mastodons […]

The American public has spoken: college football needs playoffs, not bowls!

The American public has spoken: college football needs playoffs, not bowls!

As college football’s “Bowl Season” descends on a football mad country, the debate around the dinner table will reach beyond a national championship for Alabama or Texas, or even the mediocre records of USC and UCLA—instead the Bowl games brings back the debate over a true playoff system for college football, in place of the […]

Best & worst movies of the noughties

Best & worst movies of the noughties

District 9, The Lives of Others, and Pan’s Labyrinth are just three of the best films since 2000, according to users of Internet Movie Database (IMDB). As the noughties come to a close, guest host David Lazarus and KPCC film critics Claudia Puig of USA Today and Wade Major of boxoffice.com look back at the […]

A double major in modern dance and…fat studies? Emerging academic fields

A double major in modern dance and…fat studies? Emerging academic fields

Fat liberation, fat politics, fat science—it’s a new and, yes, growing area of academia. As more Americans join the ranks of the obese, scholars are reevaluating fat as a health issue, and as a social and cultural one. The new field aims to take a critical lens to fat stereotypes, question media messages about weight […]

Top science stories of 2009

Top science stories of 2009

Water on Mars? The discovery of a giant snake that can tell us about climate change? Radiation turns your hair grey? These are just a few of the top science stories of 2009. What other profound, fascinating, and weird discoveries did scientists unearth and unleash this year? Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs