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Enthusiastic Jeff Garlin curbs his footprint

Enthusiastic Jeff Garlin curbs his footprint

You may know Jeff Garlin from his role as Larry David’s producer on the HBO show “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Pleasantly plump and pleasantly frank, Garlin is known for his gut-splitting dialogue and blasé attitude, but now he’s going green and slimming down. In his book, My Footprint, Garlin tells the story of his eating addiction [...]

AirTalk Town Hall: Health care reform – the mandate debate

AirTalk Town Hall: Health care reform – the mandate debate

After fourteen contentious months, the House finally passed a healthcare overhaul bill. The landmark legislation aims to extend insurance coverage to nearly 32 million uninsured and halt industry practices that discriminate against those with pre-existing conditions. President Obama is signed it into law Tuesday – but the battle is far from over. Read the Full [...]

Proposed DWP surcharge sets off sparks—will both the Council & Board of Supes oppose the increase?

Proposed DWP surcharge sets off sparks—will both the Council & Board of Supes oppose the increase?

The plan was ambitious but certainly inspiring when it was first announced: Mayor Villaraigosa and other city leaders were committed to generating 20% of the energy used by Los Angeles from renewable, green sources by 2010. But the path to that goal, which according to the Mayor and the Department of Water & Power includes [...]

Can you see what we’re saying?: the power of the senses

Can you see what we’re saying?: the power of the senses

Dogs are known for a keen sense of smell, and bats use sound to perceive their surroundings. But the human senses are pretty extraordinary as well, says psychologist Lawrence D. Rosenblum. In "See What I'm Saying," Rosenblum details the science behind the hidden powers of the five senses. He explains how our amazing capacity for [...]

“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