| May 15, 2015
| 11:00 AM
When composer Toshi Ichiyanagi arrived at my hotel near Suntory Hall for tea, he apologized for bringing a bag of his recent CDs, since it would add weight to my luggage. He laughed when he said that in halting English. He then smiled contentedly, knowing...
| May 4, 2015
| 1:47 PM
Some people worry that civilization will end in a global-warming cauldron. Others in nuclear annihilation. Or too many people overwhelming the planet.
Me? Assuming that Russia's deranged autocrat, Vladimir Putin, doesn't unleash his nuclear arsenal, I...
| Apr 27, 2015
| 12:44 PM
This week marks the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War. CPTV is marking the date by airing a special lineup of timely programs, including "Last Days in Vietnam: American Experience," the Academy Award-nominated...
| Apr 25, 2015
| 9:00 PM
Drone strikes, by their nature, are bound to kill innocent civilians. It is all too easy to ignore this ugly fact — and the dubious morality of the whole enterprise — until the unfortunate victims happen to be Westerners.
Only then does...
| Dec 19, 2014
| 12:43 PM
We live in a time when even frivolous pop-culture touchstones are blown out of proportion, from Grumpy Cat’s pout to Kim Kardashian's booty. But not in a million years did I imagine the R-rated lunacy of “The Interview” would become...
| May 23, 2015
| 5:32 PM
CONCORD, N.C. — We all have choices to make on Memorial Day weekend. Burgers or hot dogs on the grill? SPF 15 or SPF 30? Sleep in or yard work?
Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller had choices in his life, too. Turn back, and live. Or stay, knowing that he...
| Apr 11, 2015
| 8:01 PM
Mark Doyle saw a problem that made him mad.
Veterans who had served in Iraq and Afghanistan were returning home and not finding jobs. Some were homeless, some just barely making ends meet.
Doyle, a Chicago businessman who has worked for President Bill...
| Apr 3, 2015
| 5:06 PM
A sleek bullet train pulled into a city in northern Japan recently with 15 Los Angeles teenagers aboard. They looked like typical school kids everywhere, in the uniform of T-shirts, hoodies, jeans and sneakers. The city likewise appeared unremarkable,...
| Apr 3, 2015
| 3:59 PM
Tuesday here felt like ground zero for spring. The weather was lovely. Schools were on spring break. Families were everywhere viewing cherry blossoms. The city was white with petals.
In Bunkyo, a northern district of Tokyo, the attractions were many....
| Apr 2, 2015
| 3:30 AM
Every time she looks up at California's Capitol dome and walks into the grand old building, says freshman state Sen. Janet Nguyen, "I think to myself, 'Wow!'
"I'm one of 40 state senators in California. Never in my entire life did I think I would become...
| Mar 27, 2015
| 9:27 AM
If you're looking for gratitude from the Afghans, President Ashraf Ghani is your man. When he appeared before Congress on Wednesday, he expressed thanks to American troops, their families, Congress, President Barack Obama and "ordinary Americans whose...