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Former Iran hostage on why release negotiations should have been part of nuclear deal

Former Iran hostage on why release negotiations should have been part of nuclear deal
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US President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference on the nuclear deal with Iran on July 15, 2015 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC.; Credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images CBS’s Major Garrett provoked what’s become a much talked about rebuke from President Obama at yesterday’s news conference when he asked […]

Obama addresses the need to expand internet access to all Americans

Obama addresses the need to expand internet access to all Americans

Smart trash can knows how fast you walk and which smartphone you use. And now it might provide you WiFi too; Credit: via The Verge The ability to access the Internet has become as much of a necessity as running water or electricity. It’s nearly impossible to get anything done without WiFi, so it only […]

On the front lines of ISIS territory, PBS Frontline reveals rescues of enslaved woman

On the front lines of ISIS territory, PBS Frontline reveals rescues of enslaved woman

Kashmiri demonstrators hold up a flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during a demonstration against Israeli military operations in Gaza, in downtown Srinagar on July 18, 2014.; Credit: TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty Images A new documentary airing tonight on Frontline follows the leader of an “underground railroad” operation in Northern Iraq that […]

How one woman beat cancer while pregnant

How one woman beat cancer while pregnant

Cancer is bad enough – but imagine having to fight it while pregnant; Credit: /iStockphoto Being pregnant is hard enough. But pregnant and battling cancer, that is almost unthinkable. In the book “Bald, Fat & Crazy: How I Beat Cancer While Pregnant with One Daughter and Adopting Another” author Stephanie Hosford shares her experience of […]

Filmmaker D.W. Griffith – best forgotten as KKK booster or memorialized as ground-breaking director?

Filmmaker D.W. Griffith – best forgotten as KKK booster or memorialized as ground-breaking director?

Actors costumed in the full regalia of the Ku Klux Klan chase down a white actor in blackface in a still from ‘The Birth of a Nation,’ the first-ever feature-length film, directed by D. W. Griffith, California, 1914.; Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images After the successful bid to tear down the Confederate flag from sites across […]

Criminologist asks if LA crime spike worthy trade-off for fair sentencing policies

Criminologist asks if LA crime spike worthy trade-off for fair sentencing policies

After more than a decade of a decline in reported crimes in Los Angeles, crime has surged 12% in the last six months. Mayor Eric Garcetti and Chief Charlie Beck cited a rise in gang violence and homelessness may be factors. ; Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images After a decade-long decline, criminal activity in Los Angeles […]

Minimum wage: The future of the hourly worker in LA (#AT30)

Minimum wage: The future of the hourly worker in LA (#AT30)

Larry Mantle and industry experts and workers discussed the impact and implementation of a $15 minimum wage hike in the City of Los Angeles at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood on July 7, 2015. ; Credit: Bill Youngblood/KPCC Not even the current state of Hollywood’s film business can match the drama of the […]

Health committee ends consideration of ‘End of Life Option Act’

Health committee ends consideration of ‘End of Life Option Act’

The Health Committee in the California State Assembly pulled the “End of Life Option Act” today; Credit: David Paul Morris/Getty Images SB 128, a bill in the state legislature that would allow California physicians to help terminally ill patients end their lives, will no longer be considered this year. Despite strong Democratic majorities in both […]

LA wrestles with future of digital billboards

LA wrestles with future of digital billboards

The intersection of La Cienega and San Vicente Boulevards, Los Angeles, California, 2009; Credit: Precious Dream via Flickr Where should outdoor signs should be allowed and at what cost? That’s the question that’s once again facing the Los Angeles City Council as it grapples with the future of digital billboards. The next vote won’t come […]

How green screens are changing the entertainment industry

How green screens are changing the entertainment industry

Green screens have become ubiquitous in Hollywood; Credit: Photo by Mark Sebastian via Flickr Creative Commons Everyone has an opinion about visual effects and the prevalence of green screens in cinema. “Mad Max: Fury Road” was applauded for minimal use of it. Sir Ian McKellan said he wanted to quit acting while filming the first […]