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Trade-off: why some things catch on and others don’t

Trade-off: why some things catch on and others don’t

Why did camera phones become so popular? Why are Internet TV shows barely present? What's the appeal of iPods and Walmart? With all products, there's a trade-off between quality and convenience. In "Trade Off," writer Kevin Maney looks at the American consumer's relationship with these two conflicting forces and examines how they shaped the relative [...]

Amy Alkon Sees Rude People

Amy Alkon Sees Rude People

Rude people are everywhere, as they always have been. But what’s the best way to stop them? Advice Goddess columnist Amy Alkon is a little more forthright than Emily Post might be; from noisy cell phone chatters to crying babies in restaurants, she takes no prisoners. Is it the only way to fight back or [...]

Life: Is that all there is?

Life: Is that all there is?

We’re all going to die. But what happens after that? The question has perplexed scientists, philosophers and people of faith since time immemorial. In recent years, atheists have used reason to “prove” that life after death is merely a naïve notion. Now, bestselling author Dinesh D’Souza argues that it’s not only logical, but likely. Professional [...]

Is teenage binge drinking on the rise?

Is teenage binge drinking on the rise?

Teen drinking overall seems to be down, but binge drinking is another story… A South Pasadena teen was remembered by friends and family last week after he died on the way home from a party, apparently due to alcohol poisoning. He would have celebrated his 18th birthday Monday. How common is binge drinking among older [...]

Medicaid children and access to antipsychotic drugs

Medicaid children and access to antipsychotic drugs

If you're a kid and poor, you're more likely to be prescribed antipsychotic drugs – four times more likely to be exact – than if you're a kid from a middle-income family. We check in with the study's lead author on this stark disparity and the reasons behind the numbers. Read the Full Story at [...]

The Bush Administration’s inbox mystery: 22 million missing emails

The Bush Administration’s inbox mystery: 22 million missing emails

Given all of the controversy and secrecy surrounding many of the Bush administration’s national security decisions over eight years, the White House email from 2000 – 2008 must contain some juicy reading. To that end, two advocacy groups had sued the former administration in search of some 22 million emails that the Executive Office of [...]

Presents? Bah humbug!

Presents? Bah humbug!

‘Tis the season…to shop. If you need another excuse, many economists say it’s good, even necessary, for economic recovery. But economist Joel Waldfogel estimates that Americans drop close to $70 billion a year on Christmas presents that no one wants. Society, he adds, would be better off without this “orgy of wealth destruction.” Should we [...]

In the electronic age, is it possible to vanish without a trace?

In the electronic age, is it possible to vanish without a trace?

In the age of Facebook, Twitter and constant email access, can someone disappear and start over again? That’s the question WIRED contributor Evan Ratliff posed to his editors before he dyed and cut his hair, printed fake business cards, and donned the name “James Gatz.” He sold his car and tried to vanish for an [...]

Any ‘hope’ in Copenhagen?

Any ‘hope’ in Copenhagen?

Have we made progress is some areas? Have we regressed in others? Are we any closer to a treaty? So many questions… do we have any answers? After a full week of the Climate Summit in Copenhagen, we check in to see if we are any closer to solving, what some are calling, the crisis [...]

Cleaving: a story of marriage, meat and obsession

Cleaving: a story of marriage, meat and obsession

The author and heroine of “Julie and Julia,” the New York Times bestseller, has written about another journey into the world of food. Julie Powell joins Larry in studio to talk about her new memoir, which tells the story of being torn between the husband she adores, the affair she can’t resist, and the apprenticeship [...]