Vicki Haddock

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Comic Outrage—The Real Saga of the Afghan Interpreter John Oliver Hailed on HBO

Like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, John Oliver has made a career of deconstructing the news into its absurdist bits and serving it back up as a …

Graphic Novels Are Comics for Grown-Ups

First off, let’s admit it: Comic books are fun. And that may explain America’s resistance to comics as a “serious” art form. Our national temper …

Bruce Beasley Provides a Bright Spot for Oakland and for California

New York City or West Oakland? That was the choice facing young sculptor Bruce Beasley after his graduation from UC Berkeley in 1962. New York City …

GMOs: Research Says They'll Help End Starvation, but Americans Remain Wary

With global warming, drought and the shrinkage of American farmland, will there be enough food to feed the world? It’s a question with which experts …

Berkeley Architect Aims to Transform the World—One Outlandish Project at a Time

On a quiet, ordinary residential block in West Berkeley, amid boxy bungalows with manicured yards, there is a house that defies description. It’s …

Concrete Credence: More Bay Bridge Woes May Validate Concerns of Span's #1 Critic

Abolhassan Astaneh-Asl has been portrayed as a Cassandra, but these days he merely seems prescient. The UC Berkeley engineering professor was one of …

Bittersweet News for Dieters and Diabetics: New Study Suggests Grapefruit Really Helps

In the pantheon of fad diet crazes, perhaps the most enduring is the grapefruit diet—over the years it has inspired countless overweight Americans to …

Free Speech Rhetoric and Reality: Why Savio, Kerr and Reagan Were All "Radicals"

Fifty years ago this October 1, thousands of UC Berkeley students spontaneously sat down around a police car on Sproul Plaza and held it captive for …

My Commie Parents: Their Radical Past Wasn't Exactly Secret, But It Was Past

<b>I</b> <b>wasn’t quite a red diaper baby.</b> More like a pink diaper baby. Kind of Communist-lite.<p>Before my parents had kids, both had been active members of the …

Death to the Fascist Insect: Looking Back 40 Years, Does the SLA Make Any More Sense?

They were all in their 50s now, hair graying or even white, sitting in a courtroom in Sacramento, waiting to be sentenced for a crime they had …

Radical Roots: Finding Environmentalism Amid the Schisms of mid

The 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement this year is also the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. In the turbulent river of radicalism …

5 Questions for Novelist Rachel Kushner

<b>1. Both your debut novel, Telex from Cuba, and the follow-up, The Flamethrowers, were finalists for the National Book Award. Writers often talk of</b> …

From Six Feet Under to Sixty Miles High: Honoring Pets in the Afterlife

Professor Stanley Brandes spends a great deal of time in pet cemeteries—a habit that might be worrisome, were it not integral to his research. The UC …

The Thing Is—Who Knows? It's a Periodical Package and a Total Mystery

Here’s the thing about <i>The Thing:</i> It is almost impossible to define. It’s a periodical, but unlike any magazine you’ve seen before. It’s a piece of …

Savio called Kerr's firing "an auspicious start" for Reagan admin. Told @dailycal "Good riddance to bad rubbish." http://t.co/hqzMe8j8N0

Richmond Police Have a New Take on the Oldest Profession—But Is It Legal?

Increasingly, police are looking at the world’s oldest profession as anything but a profession. Rather, they claim, it’s simple human trafficking, …

The Break-Up Heard Round the World: Is There A Legal Recourse Against Comcast?

It went so immediately and intensely viral that it probably gave the Internet a case of breakbone fever. We’re speaking, of course, of the recording …

Sniffing Out Better Bomb Detection

Long before Lassie fished Timmy out of a well, dogs have been heroically bailing us humans out of sticky situations. In the post 9/11 era that’s …

Math Rock Fans, Rejoice

Math rock fans of the 1990s will remember A Minor Forest, the trio of Bay Area musicians renowned for their aggressive, rhythmically technical style …

Pedaling toward Nirvana: Bike Boosters Trying to Make the Bay Area a Cycling Paradise

On Tuesday the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition celebrated its 22nd annual “Golden Wheel Awards”—a waterfront event that gave the city’s bike boosters …

The Immortality Connundrum: Our Mortality May Be What Saves Us From Cancer

Want to live forever? Be a tumor. We may eventually download analogs of our brains into computers and thus achieve a certain kind of immortality, but …

Doing the Right Thing, or Not: What Makes People Less Likely to Be Selfish Jerks?

Some scientific studies come as revelations—biological investigations unlocking keys hidden within the human genome, statistical analyses that …

It's Not Easy Being Green: With Water Scarce, Should Campus Lawns in California Go Dry?

As California’s drought drags on, is it time for universities to shut off their sprinklers and bid their velvety, emerald-green campus lawns farewell?<p>…

Food, Glorious Food: Why Do So Many Cal Alums Take a Career Detour Into the Kitchen?

Paul Oprescu majored in modern American history at UC Berkeley and planned to become an academic. But he had a dream—not the kind you hold in your …

Mural Madness

In 1956, the artist Jess Collins returned to the Bay Area from Europe with his partner, poet Robert Duncan. He needed money, and Berkeley …

As Silicon Valley Earns Image as a Boys' Club of "Tech Bros," Score One for Diversity

For anyone who suspected the tech sector is a boys’ club, this summer has piled up one bleak affirmation after another.<p>Following Google’s lead, …

Radicals Revisited

How time flies! This fall will be the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement, and FSM veterans will return to campus for a reunion that will …

Happiness Isn't Just a Warm Puppy—UC Berkeley is First to Make it an Online Course

Happiness: So fervently sought, so elusive. But just what the hell is it? Peanuts cartoonist Charles Schulz expressed his take in 1962 with his book …

Reality Injection: Why California's Whooping Cough Epidemic is Only Getting Worse

Pertussis continues to spread in California, with 3,458 cases reported between January 1 and June 10: In less than half a year, the toll of the …