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True Confessions of a Grilled Cheese Champion

Posted April 10, 2014 by Evan George | 0 Comments | 665 views]
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On a chilly spring night in 2005, I climbed a makeshift stage inside an Arts District loft wearing a butter-stained apron and accepted a shiny soccer trophy from a young man in a three-piece suit who kept referring to himself as “The Mayor of Cheese” and another in a lab coat calling himself “The Chief Instigator.” They’d just bestowed a similar award on a woman …

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True Confessions of a Grilled Cheese Champion

Posted April 10, 2014 by Evan George | 0 Comments | 665 views]
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On a chilly spring night in 2005, I climbed a makeshift stage inside an Arts District loft wearing a butter-stained apron and accepted a shiny soccer trophy from a young man in a three-piece suit who kept referring to himself as “The Mayor of Cheese” and another in a lab coat calling himself “The Chief Instigator.” They’d just bestowed a similar award on a woman …

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Inside an Herbalife Training Seminar

Posted April 8, 2014 by Anna Scott | 0 Comments | 163 views]
Attendees at an Herbalife training seminar ask for autographs from guest speaker Heather Cullen, a former UCLA volleyball player.

It’s a Saturday morning at the Long Beach Convention Center, and the mood inside a second-floor ballroom is gleefully anticipatory. Nearly 1,000 people mill around, chattering and dancing to blaring pop music. It feels like we’re waiting for a concert to start, except that it’s not even 10 a.m.
Eventually, a blonde woman and a thin young man walk onto the stage set up at the …

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Positively Posthumous Record Releases

Posted April 8, 2014 by Matt Holzman | 0 Comments | 299 views]
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As the world awaits the release of Michael Jackson‘s posthumous album, “Xscape,” Press Play takes a look back at some previous significant releases that came out after the artist’s death with KCRW’s Music Librarian Eric J. Lawrence.

Here are some more notes from Eric J!
Otis Redding‘s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” is the first major posthumous single – in fact it was the first posthumous …

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Let the Kid Sleep!

Posted April 4, 2014 by Christian Bordal | 0 Comments | 240 views]
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Teenagers who sleep-in on the weekends or fall asleep in class during the week aren’t necessarily lazy. A growing body of research suggests that their brains are different: wired to stay up later. And the light from their iPhones, iPads, etc, can make things even worse, because they trick the body into thinking it’s still daytime.
During puberty, teenagers have a later release of the “sleep” hormone melatonin, …

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Sex Addiction Goes to the Movies

Posted April 2, 2014 by Matt Holzman | 0 Comments | 1,624 views]
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Lars Von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac – Chapter One” opened in theaters last month and the second part of his wild and wacky sex addiction drama opens this weekend (NOTE – trailer NSFW!).

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the bad boy of Danish cinema would take on a taboo subject – and do it so explicitly. But the blade of his cutting edge might have been dulled a …

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Pole Dancing Goes Black Tie

Posted March 24, 2014 by Matt Holzman | 3 Comments | 996 views]
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When you think of pole dancing, what comes to mind? Crumpled dollar bills, lucite heels, rappers wearing gold chains? What about…Olympic gold medals? In the past ten years, the pole dancing has totally transformed into a celebrated art form and sport. There are competitions held all over the world, and there’s even a campaign in the works to get pole dancing into the Olympic games.

As …

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Music On The Brain

Posted March 21, 2014 by Andrew Walsh | 0 Comments | 380 views]

It can be like torture: You hear a song on the radio, and it gets in your head. And there it stays, between your ears all day, stuck in a loop on repeat, playing over and over and over again in your brain.
The songs that do this are called “ear worms”, and they’re enough to drive you mad. But why do some songs stick in …

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Random Tape

Posted March 17, 2014 by Matt Holzman | 1 Comment | 359 views]
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David Weinberg is a public radio reporter and like all public radio reporters, he goes out into the world, finds just the right people to talk to get just the right tape to create his stories. But he’s always been fascinated by the vast archive of audio that’s just out there, lying around the world – lost tape, forgotten tape, audio ephemera. It seems to be …

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This Business of Death: “Death Doulas”

Posted March 15, 2014 by Andrew Walsh | 2 Comments | 403 views]
Olivia Rose Bareham, a death midwife who helps people plan home funerals, shows items in her "death kit." It contains what she needs to prepare bodies for viewing in people's homes, wipes, razors, lotions and small elastic bands to keep the hands of the deceased together. (Photo: Saul Gonzalez)

 
Today on Press Play, we continue our series on the business of death in America. Yesterday, we examined the multi-billion-dollar death industry, which came about when funerals were taken out of the home and professionalized.
These days, most people die in hospitals and long-term care facilities. And when they do, an ambulance shows up to whisk them away to a funeral parlor.
But it wasn’t always that …

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This Business of Death: A Changing Industry

Posted March 13, 2014 by Saul Gonzalez | 0 Comments | 727 views]
Forest Lawn's design was a reaction to the forest of headstones long associated with American graveyards, like Edendale Cemetery in L.A.'s Boyle Heights neighborhood.  (Photo by Saul Gonzalez)

Death is big business in the United States.
The funeral business is a $20 billion-a-year industry. There are more than 22-thousand funeral homes and 100-thousand cemeteries.
It’s also an industry that’s been criticized for decades for its hard-sell marketing practices and for taking advantage of people at their most vulnerable times.
But things were different before the professionalization of death in America, and it seems like the U.S. funeral …

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