Brand & Martínez

Brand & Martínez is a daily, two-hour program that looks at news and culture through the lens of Southern California. Hosted by Madeleine Brand & A Martínez

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Brand & Martínez for August 22, 2012

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The dual life of a '60s-era radical

Richard Aoki was one of the Bay Area's most most visible activists, he supplied the Black Panther Party some of its first firearms and weapons training, and he was the only Asian American to have a formal leadership role with the group. But he also had a secret. According to a recently released report, he was an undercover FBI informant.
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Tech titans Samsung and Apple trade blows to the final round

The Apple vs. Samsung patent case has riveted the tech world because of its potential impact on the future design of tablets and smart phones, not to mention the fact that Apple is seeking more than $2 billion in damages.
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Why Diana Nyad's swim was marred by jellyfish

Diana Nyad says it may be impossible for her to ever complete a swim between Cuba and the Florida coast. The Southern California swimmer failed in her fourth attempt to swim across the Gulf of Mexico. She battled stormy waters and extreme exhaustion, but it may have been something much smaller that posed the biggest challenge: jellyfish.
New Orleans Still Recovering Two Years After Hurricane Katrina

New Orleans still coping with aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

Author Daniel Wolff traveled to the ninth ward of New Orleans during the first months after Hurricane Katrina to document the areas struggle to recover from the storm.
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LA's pocket parks attempt to green the urban core

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is pushing for a plan that would create dozens of so called "pocket parks," by converting small vacant lots or foreclosed homes into recreational space in Los Angeles.

Awesome/Not Awesome: Shameful dogs and naked princes

Luke Burbank, host of the radio show and podcast "Too Beautiful to Live" brings us his wrap-up of the week’s awesome and not awesome news.

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Brand & Martínez for September 20, 2012

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Brand & Martínez for September 19, 2012

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Brand & Martínez for September 18, 2012

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