The phrase "We must never forget" has long since passed into the realm of cliché, especially given its overuse and appropriation by bumper-sticker manufacturers post-9/11, but its core remains true: When atrocities occur, there are things we really need to remember, not the least of which is the people who did the right thing when few others would. San Francisco filmmaker Steve Pressman is helping us to remember with his documentary 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus, premiering April 8 on HBO.
It is a concept as familiar as commercial jingles, as ubiquitous as the bright candy coloring of a rom-com, and as insufferable as a teenager shouting, "No one understands me." The One is the new shorthand for the idea of the soul mate, that perfect person who completes you.
It is unclear when The One became so common; it seems to have cropped up in the '90s, but "soul mate" is a least as old as Plato. According to his dialogue, The Symposium, humans originally had four arms, four legs, a single head made of two faces and both genitals. Just a little too powerful, these early human hermaphrodites pissed off the gods and as punishment, were split apart and doomed to die. Thankfully, Apollo took pity on these baleful souls and sewed up a new version of them with only one set of stuff and a belly button as a reminder of what was once whole. As a result, we are still, to this day, forever on the hunt for our other half.
By Katie Tandy
With a career spanning five decades and a melange of disciplines -- including physiology, ornithology, ecology and geography -- Jared Diamond has seen a fair share of our little blue planet and taken a stance on what makes us humans tick. Or more importantly, evolve.
Diamond made the proverbial splash (with something called the Pulitzer Prize) among historians, biologists, and layman alike with his book Guns, Germs, and Steel 16 years ago, arguing those three elements allowed the Eurasian civilizations to rise as the dominant world power.
Huell Howser, wide-eyed explorer of California culture, has died at 67.
Howser, creator and host of the public television series "California's Gold," quietly ended his show in November amid rumors of illness. His assistant, Ryan Morris, announced that Howser had passed early Monday morning at his home in Los Angeles.