Category: Los Angeles Times

How Robert Mapplethorpe went from America’s pariah to America’s sweetheart

Los Angeles Times Stephen Prothero, College of Arts & Sciences Later this month, when the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art open “Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium,” their joint extravaganza of an exhibition, an extraordinary transformation will finally be complete. The artist will have officially become America’s Sweetheart… Expert […]

Peru has copper. China wants it. And now Beto Chahuayllo is dead.

Los Angeles Times Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies When the Chinese took over the Las Bambas copper mine here in the Andes Mountains in 2014, Beto Chahuayllo at first barely noticed the change… Expert quote: “Finance ministries loved it, and so did the heads of state.” View full […]

Why liberals win culture wars and conservatives win elections

Los Angeles Times By Stephen Prothero, College of Arts & Sciences Republican malcontents — and front-runners — Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have their differences but each is a bona fide culture warrior, eager to fight “them” in the name of “us.” Cruz, who refers to his campaign as an “awakening” in “the […]

Sepp Blatter to resign as FIFA chief in about-face amid bribery scandal

Los Angeles Times Chris Cakebread, College of Communication It was only four days ago the most powerful man in soccer stood before the cameras with a broad smile, seemingly unfazed by mounting allegations of corruption, saying: “Why would I step down?”… Expert quote: “There are a lot of companies that don’t care about public opinion. […]

Newer types of birth control pills confirmed to raise blood clot risk

Los Angeles Times Susan Jick, School of Public Health Women who take newer types of birth control pills face a higher risk of developing blood clots than women who take older types, researchers said Tuesday, providing what some called “clarifying” evidence that more modern contraceptives designed as safer options may in fact pose more risk than […]

Weekend-only drug use frequently slips into weekday drug use, study says

Los Angeles Times Judith Bernstein, School of Public Health Beware, weekend ragers: A new study suggests that people who use drugs only on the weekends frequently begin using them on weekdays too. Expert quote: “The study shows us that patterns change. Only 19% of people who originally said ‘I use on weekends’ still used only on weekends.” […]

Study points to years-long immune system woes from measles

Los Angeles Times Paul Duprex, School of Medicine Scientists have known for decades that having measles suppresses kids’ immune systems for several weeks or months, leaving them ill-equipped to fight off pneumonia, bronchitis, diarrheal diseases and other infections… Expert quote: “After the introduction of the vaccine that didn’t happen. Measles is not a disease that […]