December 27, 2011
SERIES Best in the Business: Grocery baggers, excavators, blacksmiths and oyster shuckers face off against their respective counterparts on the debut installments of this reality competition (8 and 8:30 p.m. Discovery). Texas Multi Mamas: Lone Star State mothers of twins, triplets, etc. are featured in this new reality series (8 and 9 p.m. WE). Dirty Jobs: Host Mike Rowe checks in with the Millennium Seed Bank Project, which preserves seeds for replanting in the event of a catastrophe (9 p.m. Discovery)
February 9, 2011
BOOKS Jane McGonigal For kids growing up in the aughts, video games have replaced TV as the brain-rotting boogeyman promoting violence and impassive drooling for hours on end. But there are an increasing number of writers and designers from the video game industry who are advocating its potential for creativity and a deeper understanding of the world. Zócalo Public Square presents the game designer and author of "Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World.
November 5, 2012 |
PROP. 37 SUPPORT SLIDES: September polls showed more than 61% of likely voters were in favor of Prop. 37, the ballot initiative that calls for labeling foods made with genetically modified ingredients. But a month later, support has fallen by 17 points .... An estimate says the No on Prop. 37 campaign has outspent the competition by $37 million. [NBC News] CAMPAIGN MONEY: Who's funding the for and against? Plus, a Prop. 37 cheat sheet . [KCET] OP-ED IN OPPOSITION: The back and forth between those who support and oppose Prop.
November 25, 2013 |
Think some cheese smells like feet? Well, now there's a cheese that has more than just that foot odor - it's actually made from human foot bacteria. An exhibit in Dublin features cheese made by taking swabs of human bacteria - from armpits, mouths, in between toes and in belly buttons - and adding milk to it. Biologist Christina Agapakis worked with odor artist Sissel Tolaas to create the cheeses, which they hope will challenge how we think about bacteria. "Cheese is actually a really great model organism for us to think about good and bad bacteria but also good and bad smells," Agapakis said at a presentation at the PopTech conference last month.
August 30, 2011
If all philanthropists were required to be morally upright, hospitals would be low on new wings and colleges would be starved for buildings. We'd also be missing a few beloved institutions outright — Stanford and Carnegie Mellon universities are cases in point. Charity is a virtue that should not be off-limits to scoundrels — if, in fact, they are truly giving to an institution rather than tethering their donations with strings that benefit them. Lowell Milken would probably be counted among the less pristine philanthropists, though not among the most scurrilous.
October 16, 2009
California restricts billboards along rural freeways, but there's a spot on Interstate 5 near Coalinga that's a better advertisement for vegetarianism than any Madison Avenue genius could ever devise. It is Harris Ranch, an 800-acre feedlot and meat-processing operation whose smell assaults passersby long before the panorama of thousands of cattle packed atop layers of their own manure appears. It's not without reason that wags have dubbed the place "Cowschwitz.":Cowschwitz.JPG Author Michael Pollan, whose 2006 bestseller, "The Omnivore's Dilemma," holds a high place amid a growing body of popular literature and scientific research critical of industrial agriculture, told an interviewer last year that the sight of Harris Ranch was one of the things that caused him to change the way he ate. This week, Harris Ranch Beef Co. Chairman David E. Wood got his revenge.
August 18, 2002
*--* Southern California Rating FICTION *--* *--* 1 BEL CANTO by Ann Patchett (HarperPaperbacks: $13.95) A terrorist standoff in a South American town mirrors opera 2 EMPIRE FALLS by Richard Russo (Vintage: $14.
March 11, 2010
The Early Show Matt Damon. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Donald Trump; Guy Fieri; Amy Ryan. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Valerie Harper. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Live With Regis and Kelly Guest co-host Jerry Seinfeld; Donald Trump; animal handler Peter Gros. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Elton John; Eric McCormack. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Doctors Bionic limbs; a robot provides treatment for autistic children; implant for pain management.
October 24, 2013 |
If in general it's better to give than receive, the rule ought to hold true for books -- and giving is the basis of World Book Night, in which millions of books are distributed, for free, by willing volunteers. World Book Night launched in Britain and Ireland in 2011 and came to the U.S. (and Germany) for the first time in 2012. It's on April 23, which is known as Shakespeare's birthday, the day both he and Miguel de Cervantes died, and UNESCO's International Day of the Book.
April 29, 2012 |
American Canopy Trees, Forests and the Making of a Nation Eric Rutkow Scribner: 407 pp., $29 Every book has its quirks. In the case of the newly published history "American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation," the prevailing eccentricity is that it's not primarily about trees. The leitmotif of author Eric Rutkow is wood, chiefly how North American virgin forest gave rise to a new nation, and how the U.S. has reduced that resource from close to a billion acres of ancient woodland to what is now more like 750 million acres of often young trees.