The Madeleine Brand Show for March 21, 2011

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Allied attacks on Libya began over the weekend, in an attempt to disable Libya's air defenses. Pro-Ghadafi forces say that civilians have been injured by the allied bombings, a claim denied by the countries involved in the intervention. We're joined by David Hartwell, a Middle East and North African analyst with IHS Jane's - an open source intelligence provider to governments and businesses in London.
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Japanese authorities have banned the sale of milk and spinach from Fukushima prefecture and several surrounding areas near the crippled Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant because samples were found to be contaminated with radioactive fallout. Caroline Smith DeWaal, Food Safety director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest joins us to talk about the risks.
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CEO of Tokyopop provides aid amid bleak conditions

The CEO of manga publisher Tokyopop, Stu Levy, has been delivering aid to the hard-hit areas of northeastern Japan near Sendai and he tells us of his experiences.
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California Republicans held their convention in Sacramento this weekend. All the likely candidates for the 2012 Presidential nomination were invited, but the only one attended. Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi gave the major speech Saturday night. Republicans spent most of their time debating ways to get their candidates elected despite a new open primary law. Carla Marinucci, political reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, joins us.
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New law hopes to curb car vs bike road rage

Road rage is a fact of life in Los Angeles. But when tempers flare between someone in 4-thousand pound car and a person on a bicycle, things can get dangerous fast. A new ordinance heading for a vote soon by the LA City Council would make it easier for bikers to sue aggressive drivers. Bike advocates are calling it a landmark law, but some drivers are wary. Reporter Sanden Totten brings us the story.
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Parenting on the Edge: how important is preschool?

A Manhattan woman is suing her child's preschool because she claimed the $19,000 a year school failed to adequately prepare her child for a test that would ensure entry into an elite kindergarten. The story highlights the extremes parents are willing to go to ensure their child's academic success. But the reality is that for most families, private preschool is far out of reach. How important is preschool and what constitutes a quality education? We ask Molly Munger, an education expert at the Advancement Project, a public policy and civil rights advocacy group.
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Meet the Mother Teresa of heavy metal

Randy Rhoads is best known as the lead guitarist for Ozzy Ozborne and Quiet Riot. He delivered some of the most unique and memorable metal solos in rock history. 29 years ago he died in a plane crash. Many fans remember him by taking a pilgrimage to meet Rhodes' mom, who has been nicknamed the Mother Teresa of metal. KPCC's Molly Peterson has more.
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