| Mar 5, 2014
| 6:59 AM
Carl Kasell, sober-voiced radio newsman-turned-comic foil, will retire from his role as official judge and scorekeeper of the hit NPR comedy-quiz show “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!,” Kasell and NPR announced Tuesday.
| Feb 17, 2014
| 5:25 AM
Since screening the Season 2 premiere of “House of Cards” almost two weeks ago, I have been dying to talk about a showstopper of a moment in it.
But even though Netflix made all 13 episodes of the second season available to the public Friday,...
| 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 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 21, 2014
| 10:29 AM
"Portlandia" (IFC, Thursdays). The sketch-comedy expression of the best-friendship of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein begins its fourth season this week.
Brownstein, formerly of the band Sleater-Kinney and currently of Wild Flag, has long since...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 1:57 PM
You’d think someone whose very life and livelihood are all about history would be a little more mindful of it – even the bad bits.
Of all people, Prince William, the heir presumptive to the British throne, should know something about the...
| Feb 21, 2014
The European discovery of Tasmania, that vast island about 150 miles off the coast of southern Australia, came relatively late. Abel Tasman, captain of a Dutch crew, who discovered the island, named it Van Diemen's Land for his patron, Anthony van Diemen....
| Feb 22, 2014
| 8:51 AM
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Five years ago, I knew exactly how I felt about the tabloid website TMZ. It sometimes paid for news, and that put it outside the realm of trustworthy journalism. End of story.
But last week, with...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 12:44 PM
WDCB-FM 90.9 continues to expand its jazz programming under station manager Dan Bindert.
“JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater,” distributed by National Public Radio, will air at 7 p.m. Mondays starting next week. The first show will feature...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 7:35 AM
Not long ago, my daughter got sick in the middle of the night.
She called my name and I went running, only to find that she'd begun to vomit while still under the covers in her bed. I absolutely hated the disgusting cleanup process. But after I'd...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 1:11 PM
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