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Buck Owens: Inside the private, sensational world of a country star

Buck Owens: Inside the private, sensational world of a country star

Buck Owens was the top-selling country artist of the 1960's, and his musical style- called the Bakersfield Sound after his adopted hometown- countered the slick overproduction of Nashville country with electric guitars and a rock and roll backbeat. Later, Owens solidified his celebrity as the co-host of the variety show Hee Haw for 17 years. […]

BP releases report on the “casual chain of events” that led to the Horizon disaster

BP releases report on the “casual chain of events” that led to the Horizon disaster

This morning, more than four months after the Deepwater Horizon Disaster in the Gulf, BP released an internal report that outlined the 8 failures that lead to the massive oil spill. BP took on some of the blame but managed to heap a fair amount onto cement contractor Halliburton and rig owner Transocean. Popular Mechanics […]

Inside James Ellroy

Inside James Ellroy

Behind noir classics like <i>L.A. Confidential</i>, <i>The Black Dahlia</i>, and <i>American Tabloid</i> is an author, an author who has, for the most part, kept his story relatively private. James Ellroy was 10 when his recently divorced and alcoholic mother hit him. He wished her dead, and three months later, her body was found dumped on […]

Plugging in your brain

Plugging in your brain

It’s the stuff of science fiction…scientists take a computer plug and insert it into an opening in a patient’s head, enabling the subject to broadcast her thoughts through a computer. Now scientists at Duke and Brown University, as well as other centers, are starting to figure out how to connect computers to our minds. In […]

Testing Teachers: an American RadioWorks documentary from American Public Media

Testing Teachers: an American RadioWorks documentary from American Public Media

Teachers are at the center of education debate today because a huge body of research has shown that teachers matter a lot to the educational success or failure of children. Studies show students who get the best teachers learn three times as much as students with the worst teachers. Researchers also say that achievement gaps […]

Boris Karloff: Thriller

Boris Karloff: Thriller

You know him best as Frankenstein, but actor Boris Karloff appeared in 200 films. His daughter Sara Karloff joins Larry to discuss the new DVD box set, Thriller. From 1960 to 1962, Karloff hosted–and frequently starred in–the films showcased on the NBC anthology series. Sara celebrates her father's life and legacy and takes questions from […]

American hypocrites (is that redundant?)

American hypocrites (is that redundant?)

The outcry of government opponents has become fairly widespread around the country. The list of critics goes on and on, with some pointing their fingers and shouting “socialist!” without a nod. But what would these Americans say if they lost their mortgage tax relief, their Social Security benefits, or their state’s stimulus funds? They’d probably […]

Has pornography heightened or hijacked our sexuality?

Has pornography heightened or hijacked our sexuality?

Today’s vastly growing porn industry, estimated to have a $96 billion global worth, has come a long way since the 1950s Playboy pinups. Over the years, the commercialization of pornography has led to the drastic objectification of women and the dehumanization of sexual relationships, according to anti-porn activist Gail Dines. And, thanks to the internet, […]

The road to citizenship: how to become a U.S. citizen

The road to citizenship:  how to become a U.S. citizen

The flow of illegal immigration into the U.S. has slowed sharply since 2007, bringing down the estimated total number of undocumented residents to 11 million. Even with the declining numbers, that leaves a lot of people in the country who, ostensibly, would like to be here permanently and legally. How does one become a U.S. […]

TitleWave: “Garden State” author Rick Moody on his new novel “The Four Fingers of Death”

TitleWave: “Garden State” author Rick Moody on his new novel “The Four Fingers of Death”

<i>Garden State</i> author Rick Moody joins Patt with his new novel <i>The Four Fingers of Death</i> about, well, husbands and wives, death and dying, astronauts, and a lone human arm missing its middle finger, which is the only thing to return to earth from a mission to mars. It’s a bit unclear. Told as a […]