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FilmWeek Academy Awards Preview

FilmWeek Academy Awards Preview

Larry Mantle and the FilmWeek critics traveled to the Egyptian Theatre for our 8th annual Academy Awards preview show. Who will take home Oscar gold? Who will be disappointed? KPCC’s critics make their predictions. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy

Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy

The firm Business Intelligence Advisors (BIA) is hiring active CIA employees to place as “deception detectors” in the private sector for places like Goldman Sachs, and SAC Capital Advisors. Are these moonlighting operatives sharing their top-secret CIA training in interrogation techniques, polygraph analysis, interviewing and more with the corporate world? Does this create a conflict [...]

You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up

You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up

Annabelle Gurwitch and Jeff Kahn have been married for thirteen years. In other words, they’ve had ample time annoy the hell out of each other. In their new book, You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up, the actor-writer-comedian pair, take a humorous look back at their time served. At points, their relationship seemed doomed by [...]

Jonah Lehrer on making depression work for you!

Jonah Lehrer on making depression work for you!

Does depression serve an evolutionary purpose? That’s the theory doctors are beginning to explore, and in doing so, are discovering some positive sides to depression’s roots. It turns out intense rumination and fixating on one’s flaws might not be so bad if they allow you to focus on understanding your problems and doing something about [...]

Jerry West: the man behind the NBA logo

Jerry West: the man behind the NBA logo

Even if you've never heard of Jerry West, you're likely familiar with his image- the NBA modeled its logo on a silhouette of West and his left-handed dribble. In the book "Jerry West: The Life and Legend of a Basketball Icon," Roland Lazenby profiles West from his poor childhood in a West Virginia coal mining [...]

Judith Warner’s Got Issues

Judith Warner’s Got Issues

When should drugs be prescribed to control our children’s behavior? Judith Warner takes on this question in her new book “We’ve Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication.” Based on five years of conversations with medicated children and their families, the doctors and psychologists who diagnose them and prescribe their medication, and [...]

Sick or selfish: Is there such a thing as a sex addict?

Sick or selfish: Is there such a thing as a sex addict?

Tiger Wood’s teary confession begs a question: does a man who continually strays from his wife suffer from a disorder? Many psychiatrists say, “yes.” In fact, psychiatrists are proposing adding “hypersexual disorder” to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. But is a rakish man really sick or just selfish? And if someone is [...]

Jerry Brown for governor: what are his chances?

Jerry Brown for governor: what are his chances?

The former two-time governor and current attorney general, much to nobody’s surprise, is expected to announce his official candidacy at 11 this morning. He’ll be the Democratic Party’s only candidate. So now the question is how will he measure up against Republican Meg Whitman’s war chest? And what are Steve Poizner’s chances against Brown, if [...]

Why We Make Mistakes

Why We Make Mistakes

Humans are flawed – We search for our cell phone while talking on it, look at our watches and immediately forget the time and even eat entire bags of bugles just because they are there. Why? Patt gets answers from the Pulitzer Prize winning author of, “Why We Make Mistakes: How We Look Without Seeing, [...]

The favorite child: blessing or curse?

The favorite child: blessing or curse?

Most parents would never admit they prefer one of their children over another. But the reality is, most mothers and fathers can’t help liking one kid best. Being the chosen one certainly has powerful advantages, but psychologist Dr. Ellen Weber Libby says there are dramatic drawbacks as well. In her new book, The Favorite Child, [...]