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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 [...]

Is drunk driving declining?

Is drunk driving declining?

After decades of decline, DUIs were on the rise in California around the turn of the 21st century. The state Office of Traffic Safety says educational efforts have turned that trend around in the last couple years, but researcher Steven Bloch of the Auto Club isn’t so sure. He says all traffic incidents are down [...]

Taking a trip: Brotherhood of Eternal Love

Taking a trip: Brotherhood of Eternal Love

The 1960s was a time of war, domestic strife, civil rights, trips to the moon and trips on acid. Inspired by Timothy Leary and his belief in LSD as way to understanding, the “Brotherhood of Eternal Love” (also known as the “hippie mafia”) set out to spread love—and drugs—throughout the world. In his book Orange [...]

Trigger for food addiction and drug addiction the same

Trigger for food addiction and drug addiction the same

Lab rats were fed some especially delicious food so Scripps Research Institute scientists could find out what caused them to overeat and become obese. It turns out the same biochemical mechanism that controls the compulsion to overeat also controls the compulsion that drives people into drug addiction. This means that junk food binging is very [...]

Taking a trip

Taking a trip

The 1960s was a time of war, domestic strife, civil rights, trips to the moon and trips on acid. Inspired by Timothy Leary and his belief in LSD as way to understanding, the “Brotherhood of Eternal Love” (also known as the “hippie mafia”) set out to spread love—and drugs—throughout the world. In his book Orange [...]

"Little Bee"

"Little Bee"

The only thing missing in the brief synopsis on the back of Chris Cleave’s novel might just be a non-disclosure agreement. “We don’t want to tell you what happens in this book. It is a truly special story and we don’t want to spoil it…Once you read it, you’ll want to tell your friends about [...]

How to Train Your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon

In this new 3-D animated action-adventure film, hitting theaters today, Hiccup is a Viking teenager who comes from a long line of dragon-slayers. But when the time comes to prove himself as a warrior, he decides instead to make friends with a dragon. Larry talks with directors Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois about dragons and [...]