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Brand & Martínez for August 21, 2012

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Calif. Senate to vote on labor protections for domestic workers

Hundreds of domestic workers are converging on Sacramento this morning, to push for the passage of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in California. The Calif. Senate is expected to vote on the bill next week, which has already been approved by the Calif. Assembly.
Facebook Debuts As Public Company With Initial Public Offering On NASDAQ Exchange

Facebook faces an uncertain future

Despite over 900 million active users, Facebook's has been struggling. On Monday, their stock price hit an all-time low, $18.75 — a 51% decline from its initial public offering earlier this year.
Pro-life demonstrators (R) confront pro-

The GOP's abortion platform

Republican party leaders want Missiouri Senate candidate Todd Akin to leave the race by the end of the day, after he said, "From what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole [pregnancy] thing down.” The National Republican Senatorial Committee says it will not spend the $5 million earmarked for Akin's campaign, and Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS SuperPAC says it's pulling ads that were scheduled to start running tomorrow in Missouri.
Children Interacting With Tablet Technology

Parenting On The Edge: Managing your kid's tech relationship

The tech advances we've seen in the past few years has many people in awe, but for some parents, the smart-phone or iPad represents more of a tech question than a tech answer. Should you monitor your children's tech use, and if so, what's the best way to do it? James Steyer, author of the book, "Talking Back to Facebook," tries to answer those questions in his latest book.
2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival - Day 2

Songs of the summer

It's not quite the end of summer, but it's close enough to do a rundown of the songs of summer. We consult music critics Drew Tewksbury and Ann Powers, and weigh in with some of our own picks.

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Brand & Martinez for September 21, 2012

Coming up, a new study finds that the least-educated whites in the U.S. are dying sooner. We'll talk with one of the researchers. NASA shuttle Endeavour flies over Los Angeles today before its expected landing at LAX. We'll check in with reporters as it makes its way over the city. And author Susan Straight has created an incredible environment through her trilogy of novels about the fictional city Rio Seco. Her newest novel, called Between Heaven and Here, explores the reactions of the mostly black residents of Rio Seco to the murder of a young prostitute. And we'll talk about the biggest news stories of the week with Molly Ball, politics writer for The Atlantic and James Rainey, political writer for the LA Times.

Brand & Martínez for September 20, 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton briefs lawmakers behind closed doors today, could the killing of Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens have been prevented with better protection? Also, a new study on whether repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell affected military morale. Endeavour fever takes over Los Angeles, the space shuttle finally arrives this morning. And, why are singing competition shows so popular? We discuss the voice wars on TV. The political ads in battleground states are overwhelming, but will they make a difference? And we'll take a look at the more ... outlandish ... ads that try to grab attention. How are the Chinese elite saving Las Vegas? A new congressional district here in Southern California reveals waning power among black voters. The Sklar Brothers are here with the latest highlights in sports, and we find out 'How to Survive a Plague.' A new documentary examines how the group ACT-UP forced drug companies to take AIDS seriously and come up with effective treatments.

Brand & Martínez for September 19, 2012

AEG recently announced it's for sale. The company that owns the Staples Center, the Kings and part of the Lakers looking for someone with very deep pockets. We'll find out what this means for a football stadium downtown. Also, could predicting the winner of the next presidential election lie in button sales? Then, we discuss a California initiative that would require labels for genetically modified food. And, Who Stole the American Dream? A new book by Hedrick Smith has some surprising answers. Is taking DNA samples from suspects unconstitutional? It's a potent crime fighting tool, but a federal court hears arguments today on whether DNA swabs are illegal search and seizure. How can parents and educated help gifted, but often misunderstood, children? It's pink and it's proud, the Beverly Hills Hotel turns 100 years young, and film buff Mark Jordan Legan is here with the best back-to-school movies.

Brand & Martínez for September 18, 2012

KPCC's Kevin Ferguson tours Terminal Island, one of the most endangered places in the country. A video shot at a fundraiser shows GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney stating that 47 percent of Ameicans believe they're entitled to help from the government. What will this latest gaffe mean for a campaign that's had a series of missteps? Also, Pat Krug tells us everything you've ever wanted to know about the sex life of sea slugs. Then, we look at pop-up governments in Syria, and how groups of civilians are trying to impose law in the middle of war. A key part of the exit strategy in Afghanistan is now being put on hold. As attacks on NATO troops escalate, the military suspends its joint patrols with Afghans, possibly putting the country's security in jeopardy. We'll take a look at the long history of America's involvement in Afghanistan. Blockbuster video game 'Borderlands 2' hits stores today, we'll have a preview. And its New Music Tuesday, we'll discuss the latest from Kanye and Carly Rae Jepsen.

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