Brand & Martinez for September 21, 2012

 S. Jay Olshansky

Study: Life expectancy rates for least-educated whites drop

A new study finds that the least-educated whites in the U.S. are dying sooner. Madeleine Brand talks to S. Jay Olshansky, one of the lead researchers for the study.
Dr. Steven Berk

Why life expectancy rates are dropping for less-educated whites

Researchers are stumped as to why this is happening, but they have several theories. Dr. Steven Berk joined the show to talk about this more with A Martinez.

Author Susan Straight fictionalizes Riverside in trilogy

Write what you know. It's a dictum you'll hear from virtually every creative writing teacher, and something that novelist Susan Straight takes to heart.
Persona 4

Anime you should be watching

Anime is wildly popular, half a billion dollar industry in Japan, but it also has its dedicated fan base here in the US. In a talk with Madeleine, anime expert, Charles Solomon gives his recommendations for must see series.
Munich Prepares For Oktoberfest

Weekend Alibi: Sound of Music, beer and comedy

Meghan McCarty brings you the Weekend Alibi, a roundup of the best entertainments around Southern California.

What Apple's domination means for the rest of Wall Street

Apple's iPhone 5 went on sale today. It's expected to be the biggest consumer-electronics product launch in history, with as many as 10 million iPhones sold this weekend worldwide.

Crowds gather to watch Endeavour's final flight

Excitement is building throughout the city as the Space Shuttle Endeavour makes its way to L.A.
western scrub jay

Birds hold 'funerals' for their fallen

Marine biologist Pat Krug says the "funerals" don't always mean altruism.
A picture taken on July 21, 2012 in Bonn

The Dinner Party on ninjas, clouds and possessed cars

It's that time of the week, when Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano of The Dinner Party join us to give us some conversation tidbits.

Friday Flashback

With the end of the work week upon us, it's time for the Friday Flashback. Molly Ball, staff writer for The Atlantic and James Rainey, political columnist for the Los Angeles Times join the show with more.
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