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Dark Wave
April 2012

Dark Wave

Noir enthusiast Denise Hamilton proves the undertow of surf culture isn't as fun, fun, fun as you’d think

Character Witness
March 2012

Character Witness

Biographers take you inside the art and science of their craft—and it's not as tame as you may think

Right Makes Might
January 2012

Right Makes Might

How a dogged civil-rights lawyer, an ex-gangster and a risk-taking LAPD captain helped skirt a Rodney King riot repeat

Unraveling Anne
November 2011

Unraveling Anne

A daughter’s search for the story behind her mother’s tragic path leads to a uniquely heartfelt understanding.

The Name
August 2010

The Name

Does what you're called really tell the world who you are? Much more than you might think, apparently.

The Chords That Bind
June 2010

The Chords That Bind

For Laraine Newman and her daughter, rock music became the currency with which they traded a profound unspoken intimacy.

In My Mother’s Shoes
March 2010

In My Mother’s Shoes

Nancy Daly’s famously named footwear collection was legendary. When she left it to her daughter, she gave far more than articles of clothing.

Anita’s Girl
February 2009

Anita’s Girl

Oscar-winning songwriter Carole Bayer Sager offers a poignant tribute to her mother, Anita Bayer.

City of Hope
September 2008

City of Hope

Fulbright scholar and Harvard Law School graduate Andrew Bridge writes about growing up in L.A.'s fostercare system.