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Excellence and the Romance of Risk: The Hard Work of Embracing Creative Tension

Risk is not risk if failure is not a possibility. Failure is not failure if there is no pain. We don't just live in good times, we live in beta times, where it seems everybody, at least aspirationally, is a risk-taker, an innovator, a creative, a maker. Show More Summary

I Don't Diet, I Just Go Gluten-Free

This is the final part of a series in which I attempt to take on four different lifestyle diets in four weeks. For the past few years, I've dubbed myself a flexitarian -- I don't eliminate anything from my diet and enjoy all types of food in moderation. Show More Summary

Los Angeles: Where Your Boss Is Most Likely to Steal Your Pay

At Brave New Films, much of our work focuses on the ways powerful people profit from exploiting non-powerful people. Whether it's private prison companies profiting from locking up poor people for non-violent offenses, or the world's billionaires buying governmental policies that benefit them at the expense of the working classes. Show More Summary

How Your Great-Grandchildren Could Talk to You Decades after Your Death

Humans have sought immortality since at least the 22nd century B.C., if the ancient story "Epic of Gilgamesh" is any indication. And if we're looking for biological immortality, we might have to keep looking. But if you don't mind living...Show More Summary

The Tidal Wave of Gay Portrayals of the Trans Experience

It will be interesting to learn what the impact of this continuing flurry of drag performances and awards will be. This week Neil Patrick Harris won the Tony award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his portrayal of Hedwig in the theatrical production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Show More Summary

The Kids Weren't the Only Big Winners in Vergara v. California Teacher Tenure Ruling

Reader: barely had the verdict been announced in the landmark legal case Vergara vs. Lemons when the verdict was reached. The Vergara verdict represents a huge win for the kids. My own favorite verdict came swiftly from value investor...Show More Summary

Filming Police in Public Places: A Risky First Amendment Activity for Citizen Journalists

Let's start with a trio of foundational assumptions that affect us all as citizens and citizen journalists. First, when people are situated in public venues, such as parks, streets or sidewalks, they have no reasonable expectation of privacy. Show More Summary

One Night Only: Lisa Adams: As It Appears To Be, Directed by Juri Koll

Lisa Adams: As It Appears To Be, a 54-minute documentary directed by Juri Koll, presents a portrait of an artist who forged an individual, burn-the-ships path. It shows why her work is unique. It shows why it has integrity. And it shows,...Show More Summary

LA Public Schools: A Glimmer of Hope on the 60th Anniversary of Brown

On the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, a new study by UCLA's Civil Rights Project finds that California leads the nation when it comes to segregation of Black and Latino students. What's more, the researchers indicate...Show More Summary

Emerson's Advice to Millenials: With Perseverance Comes New Powers

The media narrative about millennials is well worn right now. You'll read they're lazy, narcissistic, soft, and entitled. It's a great way to get pageviews -- it either gratifies the older reader, or it pisses of the younger one. The result is a lot of comments and angry Facebook shares. Of course, this doesn't accomplish anything. Show More Summary

100 Years Young, the Hollywood YMCA is No Longer Just a Gym -- It's a Way of Life

The infamous (gangster Bugsy Siegel), the famous (Denzel Washington and Tim Allen), and just regular peeps have always rubbed shoulders at the Hollywood YMCA, which celebrates its 100th anniversary on June 1 with a "Run to the Hollywood...Show More Summary

Star Wars Endures: May the 4th Be With You. Always ...

The French have accused Hollywood -- and the United States by extension -- of culture imperialism from time to time but let's face it. You just can't keep good 'ol American pop culture in the armoire anymore. It has a tendency of going global -- and has been very many decades now. Show More Summary

What Lies Beneath: Diving Oil and Gas Platforms A and C

Platform A is the site of infamous 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara. The environmental effects of the spill were immediate and dramatic. Not only effecting marine life, birds and the environment, but also destroying any trust previously established between offshore oil and gas development and California residents. Show More Summary

May The Fourth Bring Forth More Female Jedi

Many girls dreamed of being a Disney princess -- I wanted to be a Jedi Knight. I have this vague memory of being 9 or 10, standing in our neighborhood grocery story, amidst the gossip magazines and the bananas pouring over a Star Wars magazine with a gal pal. Show More Summary

Museum of Intolerance

What is the first community, religion that comes to mind when you read female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM), forced marriages, and "honor killing"? African, Arab, Indians, or Muslims? I bet it is "Muslim". I am especially interested...Show More Summary

Why I Started a Petition to Remove the Head of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation

In an interview with the Associated Press that was published on April 6, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) president Michael Weinstein referred to a medical breakthrough for the prevention of HIV as a "party drug." His comment agitated...Show More Summary

For the Man Who Jumped Into the Sea to Save a Dying Whale

On Valentine's Day, 2011, while studying the movement and complex behavior of whales in the Sea of Cortez, Michael Fishbach, co-director of the Great Whale Conservancy, chanced upon a heartbreaking scene: a humpback whale that appeared...Show More Summary

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