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June 1, 2008 | Liesl Bradner
As DIRECTOR of the Hammer Museum at UCLA for the last nine years, Anne Philbin has spearheaded an abundance of memorable exhibits, including "Lee Bontecou: A Retrospective" in 2003, the current Kara Walker exhibit and brought Jean Prouve's "A Tropical House" to the museum's courtyard in 2005, just to name a few. This summer's upcoming exhibit on modern architect John Lautner, "Between Earth and Heaven," has been several years in the making and is...
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 | By Betty Hallock
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 | By Laura E. Davis
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 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.
February 19, 2012 | Carolyn Kellogg
The American Way of Eating Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table Tracie McMillan Scribner: 336 pp., $25 -- Readers curious about food have been able to deepen their knowledge exponentially over the last decade. They know how bad fast food is (thanks to Eric Schlosser), understand the complexities of food production (thanks to Michael Pollan), and know how hard it is to work in a kitchen (thanks to Bill Bryson). There are shelves upon shelves of books about how, why and what we eat by restaurateurs, farmers, chefs and even moonlighting novelists.
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 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.
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