FROM Megan Garber
Rocket Science and the High Demand for a Comfy High Heel Shoe making may not be rocket science, but crafting a ‘stiletto that feels like a wedge’ is. That’s the goal of Thesis Couture, a high-end shoe company, whose design team includes a rocket scientist and a former astronaut. Their first line of heels will be available to the public in the Fall; and the sticker price? Nearly $1,000 a pair. Even with that high retail price, 10,000 people have signed up on a waiting list to buy a pair. Why is there such a clamor to pay for a heel that feels like a wedge? And why are heels still so popular?
Why the Internet Ruined April Fool's Day USA Today was one of several news outlets to report on the so-called " selfie-shoe " -- and then had to clarify how it fell for a corporate stunt on April Fool's Day. HBO's John Oliver thinks April Fools' Day awful and encouraged his Last Week Tonight audience to take the Last Week Tonight No-Prank Pledge. Sharing Oliver's opinion is Megan Garber, staff writer for the Atlantic , who says April Fool's Day has been ruined by the Internet.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
Hua Hsu: A Floating Chinaman Author Hua Hsu stops by to discuss his book A Floating Chinaman, recounting the life of 1930's actor/writer H.T. Tsiang and his struggles entering the American literary world.