The Madeleine Brand Show for January 26, 2011

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President Obama laid out his agenda last night in the State of the Union address. Who were the winners, the losers...and what about the salmon? Obama targeted tax breaks for oil companies, advocated for science education and gave support for high speed rail. To give us the big picture is David Mark. He's the politics editor at Politico.
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The bipartisan commission appointed to investigate the causes of the 2008 financial crisis will release its full report Thursday. According to the New York Times, which read an advanced copy of the commission's conclusions, the financial crisis was an avoidable failure of the government's regulatory bodies, which missed and ignored signs of the coming disaster. We speak to reporter Sewell Chan who wrote about the report for The New York Times.

Fighting cancer and raising kids: Parenting on the Edge

How do you talk to your kids about cancer? Diane Ronnau had to find out the hard way. She has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. It's in remission now. But learning how to raise children while struggling with her own illness was one of the biggest challenges of her life.
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Government cracks down on protests in Egypt

At last night's State of the Union Address, President Obama had words of support for the anti-government demonstrators in Tunisia, but he said nothing about similar protests taking place now in Egypt. Tens of thousands of Egyptians demanding government reforms and President Hosni Mubarak's ouster. Police have responded with tear gas, water cannons and beatings. This is not the first time demonstrators have taken to the streets to protest authoriatiran rule and poor economic conditions... what's different now?
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The Dinner Party Download guys Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam join us to bring us the latest in the zeitgeist, including the most annoying restaurant websites, Facebook cheaters and a Japanese man who survived in a cave for 28 years.
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