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Chile Earthquake

Chile Earthquake

Two days after Chile's magnitude-8.8 earthquake, the death toll stands at over 700. A curfew has been imposed in Concepción and scores of looters have been arrested, while aftershocks continue to jolt the area. Larry Mantle gets an update on conditions in Chile and the relief efforts underway. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

5-years of the McCourt’s income: $108 million. Paying zero in taxes: Priceless

5-years of the McCourt’s income: $108 million. Paying zero in taxes: Priceless

While it is gaining in the ranks of notorious divorce cases in a city full of divorce horror stories, the break up of Frank and Jamie McCourt, owners of the L.A. Dodgers, has produced all kinds of interesting subplots. The latest comes from papers filed by Jamie McCourt’s attorneys in the couples divorce proceedings that [...]

A star turn for Gabourey Sidibe

A star turn for Gabourey Sidibe

In her film debut in "Precious," Gabourey Sidibe plays an illiterate 16-year-old in a seemingly hopeless situation. She's been raped and impregnated twice by her absent father, and her mother is physically and emotionally abusive. But when she is enrolled in an alternative school, Precious has the chance to escape the trauma of her daily [...]

Climbing the health care summit: President, Republicans grapple with reform

Climbing the health care summit: President, Republicans grapple with reform

The made-for-TV health care reform summit, called by President Obama, should be wrapping up by late Thursday afternoon—while all of the combatants, from cabinet secretaries to Republican Congressional leadership and the President himself, will have had their say on the health reform debate, will we be any closer to a new policy on health care? [...]

A chat with Mark Ruffalo

A chat with Mark Ruffalo

Mark Ruffalo garnered critical attention with his role in the 2000 film "You Can Count on Me," and later appeared in movies including "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "Collateral." In Martin Scorsese's psychological thriller "Shutter Island," Ruffalo and Leonardo DiCaprio play U.S. Marshals investigating the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for [...]

NAACP picks new chairman – Ms. Roslyn Brock

NAACP picks new chairman – Ms. Roslyn Brock

Every organization goes through generational shifts in leadership over time and after 101 years, the NAACP has elected their youngest chairman ever. Roslyn Brock, as the new chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors, is both the youngest person and fourth woman to hold the post. Patt talks to Ms. Brock about the new generation [...]

Settling for Mr. Good Enough

Settling for Mr. Good Enough

Lori Gottlieb planned to hold out on marriage until she found Mr. Right. But as she reached age 40 and found the pool of eligible men get increasingly narrow, Gottlieb wondered if she should reevaluate her criteria for a suitable partner. Instead of looking for her “type,” she considered looking foremost for a man who [...]

Education, politics, the economy… major issues for African-Americans

Education, politics, the economy… major issues for African-Americans

Education is a core issue for black Americans, but employment, immigration policies, and getting involved in the political process are not far behind. Even as the economy looks like it’s struggling back to its feet, what are African-Americans’ major concerns in the current political and economic climate? Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Cyber-safety in America

Cyber-safety in America

Just as the Internet has opened up a whole world of communications, it’s created an entire new area of criminal activity. Hacking was once the purview of isolated nerds looking for the thrill of punching through a complex security system. No more. In his book, “Fatal System Error,” writer Joseph Menn explores the Russian Mob [...]

Working in the Shadows: A Year of Doing the Jobs (Most) Americans Won’t Do

Working in the Shadows: A Year of Doing the Jobs (Most) Americans Won’t Do

A common anti-immigration refrain is that immigrants take jobs away from Americans. What is it like to stoop over lettuce fields in Arizona, work the graveyard shift at a chicken slaughterhouse in rural Alabama, and dodge taxis as a bicycle delivery boy for an upscale restaurant? To find out, Gabriel Thompson spent a year working [...]