The Madeleine Brand Show for January 28, 2011

Mercer 14312
Protests were intensifying in Egypt Friday as tens of thousands of demonstrators threw rocks and police shot tear gas canisters into the crowd. The military was deployed to enforce a curfew and internet and cell phone service was cut off. President Obama spoke about his hopes for a nonviolent democratic resolution in an internet address Thursday. Looking back at the WikiLeaks cables reveals U.S. diplomats exerting pressure behind the scenes on Egyptian officials to enact democratic reforms. We talk to New York Times reporter Andrew Lehren.
Mercer 14320

Protests at the Koch Brothers meetings

This weekend the Koch brothers, Charles and David, are hosting a network of Republican party donors in Rancho Mirage, California. The goal is to raise money for conservative political causes. But liberal activists plan to stage a counter rally to call out the Koch brothers for having too much influence over politicians. Kenneth Vogel of Politico has the inside scoop on the event.
Mercer 14290

'Ask Chris' of Los Angeles Magazine sheds light on LA's mystery

We all have burning questions about Los Angeles from time to time. Like, those new credit card parking meters - is it legal to park at a broken one? Or where can I get a Mexican Coca Cola? One man a lot of answers is Chris Nichols. He writes the Ask Chris column of Los Angeles Magazine.
Mercer 14314

A tour of the Art Los Angeles Contemporary show

A guided tour of Art Los Angeles Contemporary, with art work from more than 60 galleries, runs through this weekend, in the Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport. Madeleine got a tour from Catherine Taft, a critic for Art Forum. She also spoke with Brian Butler of the 1301 P E gallery.
Mercer 14318
Luke Burbank stops by with three stories that had the world talking this week. He dishes on the lawsuit against Taco Bell that claims they don't use pure meat in their food. He talks about Oprah's big announcement that she recently discovered her half sister and ponders the news that sleeping with your pets may make you sick. Luke's verdict: it's still worth it because pets are cute.
Find an archived Episode: