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Annie Leonard’s “Story of Stuff”—how to use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without

Annie Leonard’s “Story of Stuff”—how to use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without

Stuff. We’ve got a lot of it, we don’t share it well, and some of it is even toxic. Annie Leonard first tackled the story of stuff in her online “Story of Stuff” video, which went viral a few years ago. The simple cartoon explained the processes our stuff goes through on its journey from [...]

Are schools failing boys?

Are schools failing boys?

A number of indicators suggest that—compared to girls—boys are struggling in school. Richard Whitmire—author of “Why Boys Fail”—says that’s because schools increasingly emphasize verbal skills. Is that the whole picture or do gender expectations limit both boys and girls? Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Orange County Noir

Orange County Noir

From the latest in the Akashic Noir series: “Orange County, California, brings to mind the endless summer of sand and surf, McMansion housing tracts, a conservative stronghold, tony shopping centers where pilates classes are run like boot camp and real-estate values are discussed at your weekly colonic, and ice-cream parlors on Main Street, U.S.A., exist [...]

Bermuda International Film Festival

Bermuda International Film Festival

Peter Rainer joins Larry Mantle to discuss standout films from the 2010 Bermuda International Film Festival, which wrapped last week. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Recession marketing: How are companies and consumers adapting to the recession?

Recession marketing: How are companies and consumers adapting to the recession?

Free food for a year? Who wouldn’t sign up for that? That’s exactly what companies like Denny’s (win a “Grand Slam for a Year”) around the U.S. are banking on to get customers in their door and spending money during the recession. Subway is giving 71 customers free sandwiches for a year to promote its [...]

99 things to eat in LA before you die

99 things to eat in LA before you die

From a maple bacon donut at Nickel Diner to the sizzling catfish at Chinois, food critic Jonathan Gold joins Larry to talk about the 99 best things to eat in Los Angeles. Would you second or strike any of Jonathan's selections? Share your picks here. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Walter Mosley’s Known to Evil

Walter Mosley’s Known to Evil

Crime fiction novelist Walter Mosley stops by the studio to talk about his latest book, “Known to Evil.” From the author of “Devil in a Blue Dress” and the creator of the black private detective Easy Rawlins, Mosley’s newest work is a departure from Rawlins, but a window into Leonid McGill, an imperfect man fighting [...]

"Known to Evil"

"Known to Evil"

“Leonid McGill is still fighting to stick to his reformed ways while the world around him pulls him in every other direction. He has split up with his girlfriend, her new boyfriend is angling to get Leonid kicked out of his prime office space, one of his sons seems to have found true love in [...]

Remembering Jaime Escalante

Remembering Jaime Escalante

The East LA math teacher whose story inspired the 1988 film Stand and Deliver has died. Jaime Escalante challenged Garfield High students in one of the Southland’s toughest barrios to excel at math. When 18 of his students passed the Advanced Placement Calculus exam in 1982, examiners were so surprised they accused Garfield students of [...]

"On a Dollar a Day: One Couple’s Unlikely Adventures in Eating in America"

"On a Dollar a Day: One Couple’s Unlikely Adventures in Eating in America"

How do millions of people worldwide feel having to eat meals with only a dollar a day? Two high-school teachers decided to do it for a month and see if they could survive. They ate on the $4.13-per-day allotment for food stamp recipients, exploring whether or not you can have a healthy diet following the [...]

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