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

The state of Silicon Beach and tech in Los Angeles (#AT30)
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; 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 […]

What Christianity can learn from SuperBowl ads

What Christianity can learn from SuperBowl ads

; Credit: Photo by Bryce Bradford via Flickr Creative Commons We recently talked on the show about new research from the Pew Research Center showing a significant drop in the number of Americans identifying themselves as Christians. Many young people say they resent the way in which religion, and specifically Christianity, has been co-opted by […]

City wants to pass the bill for sidewalk repairs over to its property owners

City wants to pass the bill for sidewalk repairs over to its property owners

LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 12: City of Los Angeles Public Works Department Street Services workers repair a sidewalk on August 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. ; Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images The City of Los Angeles is looking to pass the bill for sidewalk repairs over to its commercial and residential property owners. The […]

Whiskey ain’t risky, but is it too expensive?

Whiskey ain’t risky, but is it too expensive?

A Glass of Bourbon Whiskey; Credit: ctJ71081 via Flickr Bourbon connoisseurs will have to face a sobering truth: They’re spending too much money on high end brands that are producing the same quality as big name distillers. That’s according to Reid Mitenbuler’s latest “Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America’s Whiskey” (Viking 2015). It’s […]

Doom + gloom = Box office boom: Exploring the world of disaster flicks

Doom + gloom = Box office boom: Exploring the world of disaster flicks

(L to R) US actress Carla Gugino, Actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, US actress Alexandra Daddario and Australian singer Kylie Minogue pose on the carpet as they arrive to attend the World premiere of the film ‘San Andreas’ in London on May 21, 2015.; Credit: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images Massive meteors, tsunamis, disease, ice ages, and […]

Will the Boy Scouts of America open up its ranks to the LGBT community?

Will the Boy Scouts of America open up its ranks to the LGBT community?

US and European boy scouts gather near Omaha Beach on April 26, 2014 in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, to support the D Day beaches candidacy to become a Unesco World Heritage Site.; Credit: CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP/Getty Images Boy Scouts national president, Robert Gates, today said the organization’s long-standing ban on participation by openly gay adults is not sustainable. Speaking […]

Oil spill along the Santa Barbara coast

Oil spill along the Santa Barbara coast

Local residents stand on oil covered rocks and sand at Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, May 19, 2015. An oil pipeline ruptured dumping oil into the Pacific Ocean near Santa Barbara, California, the US Coast Guard said. The spill was estimated at 21,000 gallons (80,000 liters) of oil, local media reported. ; Credit: ROBYN […]

Motorcycle clubs: Fraternal organizations or organized crime syndicates? The answer may be both.

Motorcycle clubs: Fraternal organizations or organized crime syndicates? The answer may be both.

A Rebels motorcycle club member rides from Meckering to Perth on September 12, 2013 in Perth, Australia. ; Credit: Paul Kane/Getty Images As Waco, Texas police continue to sort through Sunday’s shootout at a restaurant that left nine dead and saw more than 170 arrested and charged, the conversation about motorcycle clubs (or biker gangs, […]

Consequences of war: One soldier’s struggle with torture and PTSD in Iraq

Consequences of war: One soldier’s struggle with torture and PTSD in Iraq

Soldiers with the 1st Infantry Division bow their heads in prayer before a deployment ceremony for another tour in Iraq August 13, 2009 at Fort Riley, Kansas. The Army requires all soldiers take suicide awareness classes. Thousands of soldiers have returned from deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental […]

Watching workers: Debating the legality of 24/7 tracking

Watching workers: Debating the legality of 24/7 tracking

A man uses a GPS app on a smartphone during a Google promotion event at the City of Fashion and Design (Cite de la mode et du design) in Paris on November 4, 2014.; Credit: THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images Myrna Arias had been working for the wire transfer company Intermex for two months when her boss […]