The Madeleine Brand Show for September 28, 2010

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Abu Ghraib in Afghanistan?

Five soldiers are accused of killing unarmed Afghan citizens for sport. They're charged with premeditated murder and conspiracy to commit premeditated murder. A hearing is taking place this week in Tacoma, Washington in the case of Corporal Jeremy Morlock.
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2010 MacArthur Foundation Fellows

What if someone offered you $500,000 with no strings attached? Too good to be true? The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation doesn't think so. And they've been doing it since 1981.
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Haiku on the LA Heat

Madeleine Brand and Steve Proffitt talk about the only topic that seems to matter today: the heat.
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Author Matthew Sharpe Discusses His Latest Novel

Novelist Matthew Sharpe is an unlikely optimist and a witty satirist. He stops by to talk about his latest novel “You Were Wrong,” which has been hailed as “a work of hectic brilliance and immense sadness,” by Salon.com.
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New Species of Slugs Moves Into Santa Barbara

What animal is part plant, squirts purple ink and frequently engages in group sex? The answer is a "sea slug."

Sea Slug Song

Meet elysia chlorotica, the slug that scientists have dubbed a "plant-imal.
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Thousands of Water Snakes in South Bay Lake

Thousands of water snakes are showing up in South Bay Lake Machado. The snakes, which can grow up to four feet long, are not poisonous, but bite and are eating fish, frogs, birds and other creatures which call the lake home. An estimated 3,000 of them are living in the lake and surrounding Harbor Regional Park.
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New Music Tuesday: No Age, Interpol, and Gary Numan

On "New Music Tuesday," Drew Tewksbury spotlights the music industry's upcoming releases.
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