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Has your view of USC changed in light of its recent scandals?

Has your view of USC changed in light of its recent scandals?

University of Southern California; Credit: Allen J. Schaben/LA Times via Getty Images AirTalk® It’s been nearly two years since the Los Angeles Times revealed the drug-fueled secret life of USC’s former medical school dean, but scandals involving the elite private university only continue to surface. The two most prominent scandals have dominated headlines for months: […]

Uber, Lyft drivers strike in anticipation of Uber IPO launch

Uber, Lyft drivers strike in anticipation of Uber IPO launch

Uber Drivers Protest Ahead Of Stock Market Flotation; Credit: Peter Summers/Getty Images AirTalk® Uber and Lyft drivers around the world are protesting the ride-hailing giants today. Drivers turned off their apps and held demonstrations in 10 U.S. cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, as well as some European locations like […]

As Morning Edition changes its theme song, listeners chime in and share some of their favorite tunes

As Morning Edition changes its theme song, listeners chime in and share some of their favorite tunes

The Morning Edition logo; Credit: NPR AirTalk® For the first time in 40 years, NPR’s Morning Edition has changed its tune. The classic B.J. Leiderman theme has been replaced on Monday with a new jingle, intended to sound younger and more diverse, according to the program’s executive producer Kenya Young. As might be expected, listeners […]

Mile High magic mushrooms: A look at the research into public health effects of psilocybins as Denver prepares to vote on decriminalization

Mile High magic mushrooms: A look at the research into public health effects of psilocybins as Denver prepares to vote on decriminalization

Mushrooms for sale are displayed in the smartshop Innerspace in Amsterdam 18 October 2007. ; Credit: AFP/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® Psychedelic mushrooms were federally banned in the seventies, but there is a resurgence of  interest in increasing access to “magic mushrooms.” On Tuesday, Denver voters will decide whether the naturally occurring drug should be decriminalized, which […]

Rated R for retirement: MPAA ratings chair Joan Graves reflects on three decades of rating films

Rated R for retirement: MPAA ratings chair Joan Graves reflects on three decades of rating films

(L-R) Nato President & CEO John Fithian, SVP & Chairman of CARA for the MPAA Joan Graves, and MPAA Chairman & CEO Charles Rivkin pose onstage at CinemaCon 2019 ; Credit: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for CinemaCon AirTalk® The longtime chair of the the Classification and Rating Administration for the MPAA is retiring after 30 years […]

Rated R for retirement: MPAA ratings chair Joan Graves reflects on three decades of rating films

Rated R for retirement: MPAA ratings chair Joan Graves reflects on three decades of rating films

(L-R) Nato President & CEO John Fithian, SVP & Chairman of CARA for the MPAA Joan Graves, and MPAA Chairman & CEO Charles Rivkin pose onstage at CinemaCon 2019 ; Credit: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for CinemaCon AirTalk® The longtime chair of the the Classification and Rating Administration for the MPAA is retiring after 30 years […]

Latest on the admissions scandal: More indictments expected, plus the $6.5 million a Chinese family paid for a spot at Stanford

Latest on the admissions scandal: More indictments expected, plus the $6.5 million a Chinese family paid for a spot at Stanford

People ride bikes past Hoover Tower on the Stanford University campus.; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images AirTalk® It hasn’t even been two months since federal prosecutors charged 50 people in the largest college admission scandal ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice – but a lot has happened. Yesterday, the Los Angeles Times identified the Chinese […]

An influencer’s worst nightmare? Instagram tests hiding public ‘like’ counts

An influencer’s worst nightmare? Instagram tests hiding public ‘like’ counts

An attendee takes a photo of the instagram logo during a press event at Facebook headquarters on June 20, 2013 in Menlo Park, California; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images AirTalk® Instagram is testing out a new feature in Canada. Its newest addition is actually taking something away — public likes. The announcement, which came yesterday at […]

Brace for impact: What JPL scientists are learning from a simulation of an asteroid crashing into the planet

Brace for impact: What JPL scientists are learning from a simulation of an asteroid crashing into the planet

An artist’s rendering of an asteroid flying be close to Earth.; Credit: ESA/P.Carril AirTalk® Michael Bay’s 1998 film “Armageddon,” about humanity’s attempt to save itself from an asteroid the size of Texas that’s on a collision course with Earth, might have seemed like a far-fetched concept to some, but for the attendees of the 2019 […]

Brace for impact: What JPL scientists are learning from a simulation of an asteroid crashing into the planet

Brace for impact: What JPL scientists are learning from a simulation of an asteroid crashing into the planet

An artist’s rendering of an asteroid flying be close to Earth.; Credit: ESA/P.Carril AirTalk® Michael Bay’s 1998 film “Armageddon,” about humanity’s attempt to save itself from an asteroid the size of Texas that’s on a collision course with Earth, might have seemed like a far-fetched concept to some, but for the attendees of the 2019 […]

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