The Madeleine Brand Show

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

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The Madeleine Brand Show for September 23, 2010

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Is Teresa Lewis' Execution About Gender Bias?

Tonight, Teresa Lewis of Virginia is schedule to be executed. She's the first woman to be executed in the state in the last 100 years. And that has been the focus of most media coverage.
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The Alcohol Industry Gets into the Prop 19 Debate

Beer or bud? That's the question Californians may legally be asking themselves on a Friday night if Prop 19 passes. And according to recent numbers, Prop 19 has 47% favor against only 37% of people opposed.
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What is a Fair Price for a City Manager?

A new survey shows that compensation for the people who run California’s cities varies widely.  And sometimes managers running the smallest cities have the highest pay. Our own Steve Proffitt crunches the numbers for us in this report.
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Not Now - Facebook's New Friending Options

With 500 million users strong, Facebook is practically a digital nation on the internet. Each day, millions of people use the social networking site for time sucking activities, including making new friends. But what if rather than rejecting a new friend request, it was put on a "not now" status instead?
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Obama Gets the Woodward Treatment

It's not even out yet, but everyone in D.C. is talking about it. Bob Woodward has written another anticipated best-seller called "Obama's Wars," and it paints the president in a very unflattering light.
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The Limits of Fried Foods

At the Los Angeles County Fair, you can enjoy the usual midway delights, bungee jump, or ride a mechanical bull. But everyone comes for one thing, and one thing only — fried foods.
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Miss Blankenship Back From the Dead

The internets have been abuzz with the recent death of Miss Blankenship on the hit cable television show "Mad Men." Miss Blankenship was comic relief for most of this season as Don Draper’s crotchety, decidedly UN-sexy secretary in an office full of glamour girls.

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The Madeleine Brand Show for August 17, 2012

Army suicides hit a record high in July. A former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army talks about why the suicide rate is increasing now. We also have the second part of our story on the rise of heroin abuse in California. Pussy Riot, the punk rock girl band, has been sentenced to two years in prison for staging a protest in a famous Russian Orthodox Church. And if you're looking for something to do this weekend, Meghan McCarty has you covered with her Weekend Alibi. She'll tell you where to go to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication of the first Tarzan story published by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Finally, Madeleine has some news for listeners about some changes to the show.

The Madeleine Brand Show for August 16, 2012

Korean pop music, better known to fans as K-POP, is hugely popular throughout Asia, but finding success in the U.S has been much harder. That was before the single "Gangnam Style" from singer PSY hit the web. The Medicare debate heats up Presidential race. Mitt Romney's choice of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate has put the Medicare debate front and center. The trial for an Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting has been delayed because of his objection to being forcibly shaved. John Moe is back for his update on tech news. The perils of picking the perfect Vice President, in the era of post-Sarah Palin. And the Sklar brothers are back with the latest highlights in sports.

The Madeleine Brand Show for August 15, 2012

Every year in Hiroshima, organizers conduct a ceremony that looks back on the end of WWII. Roland Kelts tells us how, even 67 years later, the city is still coping. In choosing congressman Paul Ryan as the GOP Vice President pick, many think that Mitt Romney is on track to lose the Latino vote. All over Los Angeles, high school football players are already struggling with team practices and college recruiters have been playing very close attention, hoping to find the next college superstar. California Watch reports that heroin abuse is on the rise in California. And we'll talk to Luke Burbank, the host of the "Too Beautiful to Live" podcast about banning kids from bars, Insane Clown Posse's fight with the FBI and the Scrabble cheat that was recently uncovered.

The Madeleine Brand Show for August 14, 2012

A Martinez sits in for Madeleine today. Students head back to school in Los Angeles, KPCC's education reporter Vanessa Romo gives us an update on Miramonte Elementary, embroiled last year in a sexual abuse scandal. At Miramonte, there's a new principal, and a majority of the former teachers are returning. Then, we look at older students in California, and why 'CA's Master Plan for Education' is no longer the envy of the nation. Plus, it's New Music Tuesday, Ann Powers reviews two young acts re-interpretation of older, classic sounds. And, the deadliest day on K2, "Buried In the Sky" uncovers how two men survived the 'savage mountain.'

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