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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.
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 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 21, 2011 | By Frederick J. Zimmerman and Beth Warshawsky Ricanati
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is scheduled to vote this week on whether students need sugar to make healthy choices. Of course, the vote won't be structured that way, but sugar is what's at stake. The school board will vote on whether the district should eliminate sugared milk from its lunchtime offerings. Sugar will not go quietly. Last year, 76% of the milk served in the district was chocolate-flavored. Because each half-pint carton of flavored milk contains 8 grams more sugar than skim milk, last year alone about 5,600 pounds of added sugar was smuggled into children's diets through flavored milk.
Based on Michael Pollan's book of the same name, "The Botany of Desire," airing tonight on PBS, looks at the ways in which plants have advanced their agenda, metaphorically speaking, by making themselves attractive to humans. There is a lot of speaking in metaphors in the two-hour documentary, much of it by Pollan himself, who regularly takes pains to remind us that he is, in fact, speaking metaphorically, because we have no words to describe the psychology of species beside our own. Besides, a little anthropomorphizing can be a useful thing when you're telling a story, especially when the moral is that we are all in this together, plants and people and every living thing, and so mutually dependent that it's impossible to tell the user from the used.
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