The Madeleine Brand Show for April 6, 2011

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Will the government shut down Friday?

Clocks are ticking all over Washington, D.C. If Democrats and Republicans don't come to an agreement over this year's budget, the government will shut down at midnight Friday. President Obama is out of town most of the day today and there are no official meetings scheduled for Democrats or Republicans. Is a deal being worked out under the radar? We check in with the Wall Street Journal's Naftali Bendavid.
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What do you think of the Ryan plan to change Medicare and Medicaid?

The federal government may be on the brink of shutdown as Democrats and Republicans still disagree over this year's budget. A new plan for next year's budget from Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan is making even more waves, with the most contentious part of that plan involving big changes to Medicare and Medicaid. Yesterday we talked to right-leaning Washington Post writer Jennifer Rubin. Today, Matt Yglesias, the Think Progress blogger for the left-leaning thinktank Center for American Progress joins us.
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Sex offenders banned from Orange County parks and beaches

Yesterday Orange County Supervisors passed a law that would ban registered sex offenders from public parks and beaches. The law would go into effect early next month and hit violators with a fine of $500 or up to 6 months in jail. Former chairman of the non-profit group the California Coalition on Sexual Offending Wes Maram joins us to talk about this development.
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Israeli Palestinian actor killed by masked gunman

Juliano Mer Khamis, a 52-year-old half Israeli, half Palestinian actor who ran a children's theater in the West Bank refugee camp of Jenin, was shot and killed by a masked gunman as he sat in a car outside his theater in Jenin Monday. Mer Khamis had devoted his life to promoting peaceful artistic expression as an alternative to the violence that plagues the region. He was buried between the Israeli city of Haifa and the Arab Israeli city of Nazareth where he grew up. Meghan McCarty has this remembrance.
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That's not a slum, it's an arrival city

"We will end this century as a wholly urban species," writes Doug Saunders. For his book Arrival City, Saunders canvassed the slums, favelas and shantytowns of cities around the world. Instead of poverty and desperation, Saunders found an engine of upward social mobility. He takes us on a virtual tour of a village in China, and our own backyard, South LA. Is urban life good for people, and for the planet?
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It's Wednesday... the day when Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam from the Dinner Party Download stop by to give us a few engaging topics to kick off our dinner party conversations. This week they talk about Ping-Pong diplomacy and a company that will press your ashes into vinyl records.
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