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Can a little inflation actually be good for the economy?

For several years now, some economists have been arguing that a little inflation is just what the economy needs. Here to explain, Binyamin Applebaum, finance and economics reporter for The New York Times.
Immigration Rally
California Congressman Jeff Denham became the first House Republican to join Democrats in co-sponsoring a broad immigration overhaul bill that would provide a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants.

Why building the LA Aqueduct was the city's 'original sin'

UCLA historian Jon Christensen explains how crucial the LA Aqueduct was in building the city's identity, but that it was also done at a great cost to the Owens River Valley and its residents.
Headwater Owens River
KPCC's Meghan McCarty travels to the Eastern Sierras to trace the origin of LA's water and to explain how it makes it from a natural spring to your tap.

The image and influence of California's organized labor

In many ways, organized labor is the most the powerful political force in deeply Democratic California. But the bitter Bay Area transit strike that ended last week revealed a few cracks in the armor.
Do you think Hollywood is becoming more gay-friendly?

On The Lot: Deadline.com drama, biopics and more

Time for On The Lot, our weekly look at the business of entertainment with Nicole Sperling of the LA Times.
Dapper Cadaver

Odd Hollywood Jobs: The spookiest prop house in showbiz

The horror prop house Dapper Cadaver supplies severed heads, fake blood and other less gory objects to Hollywood. Hosts of Halloween shindigs -- including the White House -- also rely on the shop for all their fright fest needs.
Urban Teens Exploring Technology

Test driving LA Unified's iPad educational software

KPCC put the software's trumpeted interactive features under a microscope with the help of a tech-whiz kid. Will he love it — or get bored?
Lazards Merchant Bank Issues Report On Time Warner

Investor Carl Icahn pushes for changes at Apple

Since Apple sold more than 9 million new iPhones on the weekend of their release, you might think the Cupertino based company would be beloved by Wall Street.
Las Vegas Schools

Las Vegas school district scrambles to make space for more students

Las Vegas is part of the Clark County School District, one of the biggest and fastest growing in the country. The district added over 3,000 new students this year, as well as a new program to boost English Language Learners.
Looking for something particularly horrifying to get in the Halloween spirit this year? You might wanna check out a film series hosted by the Cinefamily theater on Fairfax.
Water Issues in the Coachella Valley

The history of Coachella's iconic dates

While dates aren't native to the Coachella Valley, they've given this region an identity, and have also become a top moneymaking crop. For the California Report, Lisa Morehouse has more.
"Nubs, the True Story of a Mutt a Marine and a Miracle

'Nubs' children's book wins California Young Reader award

"Nubs, the True Story of a Mutt a Marine and a Miracle" is a children's book that shares the journey of a dog who finds himself in the company of compassionate Marine. The New York Times best seller is the winner of multiple awards, including most recently, the California Young Reader Medal.
Terry McMillan

Author Terry McMillan on her new novel 'Who Asked You?'

Writer Terry McMillan made a name for herself in 1992 with the novel 'Waiting to Exhale,' which spent months on the New York Times Best seller list.

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