The Madeleine Brand Show

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The Madeleine Brand Show for February 17th, 2011

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Armenian organized crime has deep and far-reaching roots in LA

An Armenian organized crime gang known as 'Armenian Power' is accused of scamming victims out of $20 million. Seventy-four Southern California suspects were arrested in series of early morning raids involving one thousand law enforcement officers. For more details we hear from Steven Martinez, head of the Los Angeles FBI field office that coordinated the investigation.
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How to avoid being the target of a fraud scheme

The Armenian Power gang was allegedly involved in a number of credit fraud and identity theft schemes. One of them involved stealing credit card data from the the registers at 99 Cent Only stores across Southern California. Jay Foley, Executive Director of the Identity Theft Resource Center explains how to avoid becoming the target of credit fraud and other scams.
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After beating out its human competitors on Jeopardy Wednesday night, Watson will lend its artificial intelligence to a health care project that will create the perfect physicians assistant. The FCC has released a map showing the penetration of internet access across the U.S. in its first step toward expanding internet access. And Detroit crowd funds a giant Robocop statue. John Moe joins us to talk about the latest in tech.
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Alert! Alert! Helping celebrities in crisis

With Hollywood stars hitting the headlines for the wrong reasons, a special panel has met to discuss how celebrities in crisis (step forward Lindsey Lohan and Charlie Sheen) can be helped. Reporter Sanden Totten sat in on the conference hosted by the Beverly Hills Bar Association.
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Fashion week may be high on style but low on people of color

As New York Fashion Week draws to a close, the issue of race in the industry has surfaced once again. Robin Givhan, special correspondent for style and culture at the Daily Beast and Newsweek, weighs in on the issue.
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The Sklar brothers, Randy and Jason, stop by with the their take on the week in sports. The NBA All Star game will be played in LA this weekend. What is Charlie Sheen doing giving a pep talk to the UCLA baseball team? And, in a different sporting category, the Westminster Dog Show gets underway.

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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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