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Is PC-ness destroying comedy? Comedian Alonzo Bodden, NYT film critic A.O. Scott weigh in

Is PC-ness destroying comedy? Comedian Alonzo Bodden, NYT film critic A.O. Scott weigh in
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Jerry Seinfeld speaks onstage at the 2015 Hulu Upfront Presentation at Hammerstein Ballroom on April 29, 2015 in New York City.; Credit: Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Hulu Comedian Jerry Seinfeld said in a recent radio interview that political correctness is hurting stand-up comedy. He said that comedians he knows have told him that they stay […]

Creative criminal sentencing in the modern era: How to shame convicts into compliance

Creative criminal sentencing in the modern era: How to shame convicts into compliance

In 2012, Shena Hardin was ordered to carry a sign that labeled her an “idiot” instead of time in jail for a serious traffic offense; Credit: via NPR Media A Cleveland judge ordered a “slumlord” who violated housing regulations to live in his own dilapidated rental for six months; another justice in Ontario forbid a […]

Preview of 2015 LA Film Fest: More LA, more unique, more diverse artistry

Preview of 2015 LA Film Fest: More LA, more unique, more diverse artistry

Elisa Sednaoui, Zoe Cassavetes and Ana Girardot attend the Closing and Award Ceremony during 14th Marrakech International Film Festival at on December 13, 2014 in Marrakech, Morocco. ; Credit: Dominique Charriau/Getty Images Promising the most unique, diverse, and entertaining lineup, plus master classes, live performances and more at L.A. Live downtown. One of the more […]

California looks to raise its smoking age to 21

California looks to raise its smoking age to 21

A man and woman smoke cigarettes on January 17, 2014 in Times Square in New York City. ; Credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images The state Senate this week approved a bill that would raise California’s minimum age for buying tobacco products from 18 to 21. Sen. Ed Hernandez introduced the bill in an effort to reduce […]

#AT30: Forecasting the future of Southern California’s ports

#AT30: Forecasting the future of Southern California’s ports

Larry Mantle hosts a discussion on the future of LA’s ports at the Queen Mary in Long Beach on June 2, 2015.; Credit: Louis Felix/KPCC Most Americans don’t realize just how much of an impact ports like those in L.A. and Long Beach have on their everyday life. Many of the things we rely on […]

The future of LA’s ports (#AT30)

The future of LA’s ports (#AT30)

Larry Mantle hosts a discussion on the future of LA’s ports at the Queen Mary in Long Beach on June 2, 2015.; Credit: Louis Felix/KPCC Thanks to its 840 miles of coastline, California is home to a massive shipping industry. The Los Angeles/Long Beach complex is the nation’s busiest container port, and currently, the complex […]

After Sepp Blatter steps down from FIFA, what next?

After Sepp Blatter steps down from FIFA, what next?

President of International governing body of association football FIFA Sepp Blatter gestures during an interview on May 15, 2015 at the of organization’s headquarters in Zurich. ; Credit: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images FIFA President Sepp Blatter announced today that he will resign from soccer’s governing body following the indictment of over a dozen top officials on […]

Media, transgender community react: Bruce Jenner comes out as ‘Caitlyn’ on Vanity Fair Cover

Media, transgender community react: Bruce Jenner comes out as ‘Caitlyn’ on Vanity Fair Cover

Caityln Jenner; Credit: via Vanity Fair This morning Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, graced this month’s issue of Vanity Fair. The photo by Annie Leibovitz portrays a sexualized image of Jenner that recalls comparisons to Playboy bunnies, Marilyn Monroe and Cindy Crawford. In an accompanying video Jenner said, “Bruce always had to tell a lie. […]

The soccer world reacts as Sepp Blatter wins fifth term as FIFA president

The soccer world reacts as Sepp Blatter wins fifth term as FIFA president

Joseph S. Blatter looks on as he is re-elected as FIFA President after Presidential candidate H.R.H Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan withdrew from the second vote during the 65th FIFA Congress at the Hallenstadion on May 29, 2015 in Zurich, Switzerland.; Credit: Alexander Hassenstein – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images Despite the arrests of […]

The state of Silicon Beach and tech in Los Angeles (#AT30)

The state of Silicon Beach and tech in Los Angeles (#AT30)

; Credit: Bill Youngblood/KPCC Silicon Valley is the nation’s undisputed tech innovation leader. And other cities from New York to Seattle are nipping at its heels. Los Angeles has been working to cultivate its own homegrown tech hub in the form of Silicon Beach, an area that encompasses Culver City to Santa Monica that has […]