| May 28, 2014
| 8:17 AM
Chicago Public Media will begin self-distribution of its signature program, "This American Life," on July 1, taking over key business functions for one of public radio’s most significant franchises.
The move, announced Wednesday, will deliver...
| May 28, 2014
| 1:53 PM
Back in the early days of feminism -- the 1970s -- the theme song of the wife who had a career outside the home was the Enjoli perfume commercial:
I can bring home the bacon,
Fry it up in the pan,
| Apr 16, 2014
| 11:34 AM
It is Science day in this space, and we will be taking a look a three recent studies: why men get grumpy after age 70, why parental involvement in a child's education isn't what it's cracked up to be and what makes couples stick pins in voodoo dolls...
| Apr 18, 2014
In the quest for identity, we often reach backward in time, toward our ancestral roots, in the hope that they will help us gain a footing in the present. We romanticize rootedness and are nostalgic for a past we may know nothing about because we believe...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 12:00 PM
Santa Barbara's radio airwaves are about to get a little more eclectic.
Public radio station KCRW-FM (89.9), the Santa Monica-based NPR-affiliate, is acquiring Santa Barbara's oldest radio station, classical broadcaster KDB-FM (93.7), for about $1...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 11:16 AM
President Obama is dividing America into two nations — one rich, the other increasingly poor, and both more likely to elect Democrats. Americans growing richer support his policies, and those growing poorer are increasingly dependent on Democratic...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 7:32 PM
When Faber College was about to expel the misfit Deltas of "Animal House," the rambunctious character Bluto Blutarski rallied them, but it was writer Harold Ramis who provided Bluto's stirring words:
"What? Over? Did you say over? Nothing is over...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 5:00 PM
There's good news and bad news if you're interested in, say, seeing Lady Gaga in Austin, Texas, on Thursday.
First, the bad news. To secure entry into the concert, which is sponsored by a snack food company and part of the South by Southwest festival...
| Mar 7, 2014
| 2:02 PM
Moviegoers checking into "The Grand Budapest Hotel," Wes Anderson's new movie about a swashbuckling concierge and his dutiful protege in 1930s Europe, will encounter many of the director's aesthetic idiosyncrasies, such as dollhouse-like sets, quirky...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 4:04 PM
Anybody stepping into One Laguna should feel, well, connected.
Exposed brick and hardwood interiors, outfitted with surfboards, art, motor suits and other memorabilia, are juxtaposed with 17 touch screens of different sizes. Details and images of Laguna...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 4:34 PM
LOS OSOS, Calif. — He led an active electronic life, so the cyber silence was ominous. No emails. No posts to any of the thousand-plus friends on Facebook. When word finally surfaced, it wasn't from him.
"If you have noticed Jim's absence from...