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Poll Watching

Polls that seemed terribly inaccurate in the 2016 presidential election left half the country feeling they’d burned their hands on the stove. Should we doubt polling reports this year? Three LMU experts say probably not.

Cougar Town

Los Angeles can be a high-stress environment, and not just for humans. Evelyn McDonnell, who has been entranced by L.A.’s cougars since her childhood, says that without a wildlife crossing, like that proposed over the Ventura Freeway, the future for P-22 and his kind is bleak.

California’s Catholic Browns

Pat and Jerry Brown — father and son — together governed California for a span totaling nearly a quarter century with their Catholic culture’s influence never far from the foreground.

Troubling Calm

In the COVID-19 era, what was has changed, what is now seems uncertain, but will be may be ours to decide. L.A. writer Lynell George ’84 writes about life during a pandemic.

Shady Park

Griffith Park was a Christmas present to Los Angeles, generously given by a man who later spent two years in San Quentin for shooting his wife as she knelt before him.

The Angry Age

Political rage has spread globally like a virus, and the divide between “us” and “them” is harder to bridge and growing wider everyday.

Dramatis Personae

In his bestselling volume “Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics,” Stephen Greenblatt, in a none-too-subtle jab at President Donald Trump, examines the characters of Richard III, Macbeth, King Lear and Coriolanus to illuminate how Shakespeare’s work probes the danger of narcissistic demagogues —…

Nature Nurture

Wendy Butts MBA ’00, CEO of the LA Conservation Corps, talks about the role of nature in nurturing work ethic, confidence and community.

American Customs

First turned away at Ellis Island, an immigrant family found a way into the U.S. from Canada and helped build America for the next 100 years.