The Madeleine Brand Show for March 1, 2011

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Gadhafi under siege; protests continue in Egypt

In Libya, Moammar Gadhafi's forces are still holding on to power in the capital city of Tripoli. In an interview yesterday, Gadhafi told ABC News that his people love him and would die for him. Those remarks were described this morning as "delusional" by US Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, Meanwhile, 70,000 Libyan refugees have crossed the border into Egypt. The military has been in power for just over two weeks since Hosni Mubarak stepped down. Protester Mosa'ab Elshamy is a pharmacy student in Cairo. We last spoke the day before Mubarak left office. He tells us what changes still need to be made in Egypt.

Bell police played games with drivers, memo finds

The Los Angeles Times has found a memo from the city of Bell's Police department which suggests officers there treated ticketing cars and impounding them like a game. Jeff Gottlieb, one of the lead reporters on the Bell corruption story joins us.
Legislation being considered in Sacramento today would open family court proceedings to the public. Supporters say it would shine much needed light onto a system that has huge problems. Opponents worry that children would lose their privacy and be traumatized again. Karen de Sa, a reporter for the San Jose Mercury News who spent more than a year investigating these court proceedings, tells us what's at stake.
Charlie Sheen's media blitz has continued unabated. Monday he appeared on ABC, NBC, TMZ and CNN defending himself amid a ramble of often bizarre and incomprehensible rhetoric. We talk to Brian Stelter, who writes the Media Decoder blog for The New York Times.

Vernon could be annexed to the city of LA

The city of Vernon, just south of downtown LA, could become a part of the city of Los Angeles, if some lawmakers have their way. Tuesday, the LA City Council is scheduled to vote on a measure supporting a bill that would allow Los Angeles to annex the town, which is primarily an industrial district with a checkered history. Our Steve Proffitt joins us with more on Vernon.
In his new book, "Moneymakers: The Wicked Lives and Surprising Adventures of Three Notorious Counterfeiters," author Ben Tarnoff tells the stories of three successful fraudsters and their place in America's financial history.
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New Music Tuesday: Radiohead, Earth & Devotchka

It's New Music Tuesday and our music critic, Drew Tewksbury reviews the latest offerings from Radiohead, Earth and Devotchka.
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