The Madeleine Brand Show for April 14, 2011

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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa gave his State of the City speech Wednesday night, focusing on education with calls for revamped teachers' contracts that would give schools more control. The mayor did not give details on how he plans to address the city's $350 million deficit but promised to outline solutions next week. Madeleine gets a debrief from KPCC's Frank Stoltze.
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Chef Jamie Oliver vs LA's school lunches

This week LAUSD school lunches have been in the spotlight. Tuesday was the premiere of season two of Food Revolution. In the show, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver attacked the lunch program for dishing up unhealthy meals. Yesterday, LAUSD fired back by showcasing their new, healthy lunch menu.
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Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) introduced their online privacy bill in the Senate this week. A very similar bill was introduced in the house by Rep. Cliff Sterns (R-FL). Although the bills call for clear warnings to customers about how their information will be used online, it does not establish a Do Not Track list. That's a big priority for consumer advocates. Meanwhile, in Libya, rebels have hijacked the cell phone network controlled by Muammar Gadhafi. And, save your quarters. The world's largest Pac-Man game is online and free.
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Goldman Sachs 'misled' clients and Congress

A new Senate report shows that Goldman Sachs, the nation's most powerful investment bank, lied to clients and government investigators about the risks of mortgage backed securities, which the company sold to clients as it privately bet against them. Barry Ritholtz of The Big Picture joins us with the details.
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Pot smokers aren't known for being particularly energetic, and yet they use a surprising amount of energy. A new study finds that indoor pot growing operations in California account for eight percent of all household electricity usage in the state.
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Kobe Bryant fired a double F-bomb at a referee and is now being fined $100,000. Barry Bonds was convicted of obstruction of justice in his steroid-use trial. George Lucas' daughter, Amanda Lucas is a Freestyle Cage Fighter. And another NFL player has been arrested, making him the tenth one since the NFL lockout began last month. This time, it was Kenny Britt, a running back from the Tennessee Titans. Randy and Jason Sklar are in the studio.
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