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One man’s heroic (or masochistic) quest to find the worst film ever made

One man’s heroic (or masochistic) quest to find the worst film ever made

Usually, film critics are on the lookout for good films. Those life-affirming gems that lift us up, teach us something new, confirm our humanity. But Australian film critic Michael Adams embarked on a different quest. His mission was to uncover the worst movie ever made. For an entire year, Adams watched one terrible flick a […]

Haiti update

Haiti update

Aid supplies remain scarce in Haiti after Tuesday's 7.0-magnitude earthquake, and bodies are piling up in the streets. Yesterday the International Red Cross estimated that 50,000 people were killed. Larry Mantle gets the latest news on the relief effort in Haiti. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Atul Gawande: The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

Atul Gawande: The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

Medical errors are commonplace, but with so much at stake and a technically-advanced field, they shouldn’t be. In his newest book, Dr. Gawande explores a wide variety of industries and finds a common mistake-deterrent: the checklist. Applying a simple checklist for surgery—is this the right patient? What are their allergies?—has been shown to dramatically reduce […]

Back pain: types and treatments

Back pain: types and treatments

Ouch! Is your lower back smarting? You’re not alone. From dull aches to stabbing pains, physicians estimate that 90% of Americans seek medical attention for back pain at least once in their lifetime. It’s one of the most typical reasons for missed work, second only to the common cold. Treatments, some very expensive, include supplements, […]

Earthquake aftermath in Haiti

Earthquake aftermath in Haiti

Coast Guard and aid workers from around the world are arriving to Haiti, but relief from Tuesday's magnitude-7 earthquake is a long way off. Tens of thousands are feared dead, though no estimates have been confirmed. Larry Mantle gets the latest on relief efforts, the damage, and the reaction of the Haitian-American community. Read the […]

American Needle takes on the NFL

American Needle takes on the NFL

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments tomorrow in a case that could have wide ranging implications for every major professional sports league in the U.S. (including the NFL, NBA, NHL, and the ATP) as well as player’s unions, manufacturers and fans. The central question for the court to decide is what defines a league? […]

What drives us on the road to success?

What drives us on the road to success?

It’s not what you may think…in his new book "Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us," Daniel Pink eschews the notion that external rewards, such as money, keep us on track to achieve. Instead, he says the key to high performance is internal – the desire to follow your interests, solve your own problems […]

Temple Grandin: Animals Make Us Human

Temple Grandin: Animals Make Us Human

Best-selling author of Animals in Translation, Temple Grandin, has used her autism to understand how animals think. Her new book takes us into the brains and hearts of our pets, of wild animals, even the ones we’ll eventually kill and eat. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

MoCA names Jeffrey Deitch as new director

MoCA names Jeffrey Deitch as new director

Picture this: LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art has named veteran art dealer Jeffrey Deitch as director, a position open for more than a year. The museum’s last leader, Jeremy Strick, resigned in 2008 in the midst of a financial meltdown. The highly respected, 30-year-old institution was on the verge of bankruptcy, until it took a […]

Be Anticancer everyday

Be Anticancer everyday

Most people know to avoid known carcinogens like nicotine and UV light, but very little has surfaced about how to proactively fight cancer, and from a young age. As a doctor, researcher, and cancer patient, Dr. David Servan-Schreiber has a unique account of how to lower your risk for cancer by harnessing your body’s natural […]