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“No One Would Listen”—how Bernie Madoff got away with it

“No One Would Listen”—how Bernie Madoff got away with it

Just over a year ago, Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty to operating the biggest Ponzi scheme in history. We hear today from Harry Markopolos – a much less known name, but one central to finally exposing Madoff. Markopolos spent almost a decade investigating Madoff and warning the SEC that something was up with his investments…he also [...]

Wisdom: from philosophy to neuroscience

Wisdom: from philosophy to neuroscience

What is wisdom? It seems easier to recognize than to define–a question for the realm of philosophers. But in recent decades, psychologists and neuroscientists have undertaken the empirical study of wisdom, locating brain activity that corresponds to traits like moral judgment, emotional regulation, and compassion. In his new book, Stephen Hall looks at the science [...]

The Future History of the Arctic

The Future History of the Arctic

You probably wouldn't live in the Arctic if someone gave you a million dollars, but that may be the Arctic of the past. Things are heating up now, quite literally. In his new book "The Future History of the Arctic," Charles Emmerson dicusses the rapidly changing Arctic landscape. With global warming, melting icecaps have cut [...]

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 [...]