AirTalk for May 6, 2010

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Good news for Los Angeles renters, at least for now—a City Council committee wants to prevent landlords from raising prices on rent-controlled units for the next four months. The moratorium on rent hikes would affect the 630,000 rent-controlled units in LA. If the temporary freeze is not approved, landlords will otherwise be permitted to raise rents by 3%. Renters and landlords of Los Angeles, are increases fair in this tough economic climate? Share your thoughts with Larry Mantle ahead of the full council vote later this week.
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Lack of ZZZZs can be fatal

As if insomniacs don’t have enough keeping them up. Now researchers say that people who get less than six hours of sleep per night are 12 percent more likely to die early. This is because sleep deprivation can lead to diabetes, obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol and other deadly maladies. The study, conducted with the Federico II University in Naples, looked at decade-long studies from around the world involving more than a million subjects and also claims that too many winks – more than 9 hours – can lead to premature death as well. Despite all of that, sleeping disorders remain an often-overlooked illness in America. Why is sleep so important? What’s the science behind the slumber? And what can be done about all the things that keep us tossing and turning through the night?
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Pulling the plug on our tech addiction

Imagine it’s 1984. No, not the Orwellian surveillance state, but rather, a time without cell phones or text messages, email or Google. That was the challenge posed to students in a Minnesota journalism class. Most weren’t even born in 1984, and many could barely recall a time before the Internet. Few lasted a whole day without firing up iPods, texting friends or checking their email. How would you do? Are you lost without your CrackBerry? Do you limit your tech intake? Tune your radio or lift the handle on your wired, landline phone, and ‘fess up: could you go three days without mobile technology?
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Stop that racket: why we hate- and love- noise

Unlike music, speech and other frequencies we hear, noise is usually defined as “unwanted sound.” Garret Keizer examines why many of the things we most want—rapid travel, mobile communication devices and other signs of modernity—are so loud we can hardly hear ourselves think. From hip hop and metal to car alarms and helicopters, are these the noisiest of times? Or have we always longed for the (quiet) good old days? Keizer gives Larry a shout about his book, The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want: A Book About Noise.
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