The Madeleine Brand Show

The Madeleine Brand Show is a daily, two-hour program that looks at news and culture through the lens of Southern California. Hosted by Madeleine Brand

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The Madeleine Brand Show for May 23, 2011

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US Supreme Court rules to cut CA prison population

California must cut its prison population by forty thousand inmates following a US Supreme Court decision today. The 5 to 4 ruling upholds a lower federal court order to sharply reduce the number of prisoners in the state's system. The move is designed to tackle long term medical and mental health issues among those incarcerated. KPCC's Julie Small explains more.
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Suspect arrested in Stow beating, LAPD seeking 2 others

Early Sunday morning the Los Angeles Police Department arrested Giovanni Ramirez in connection with the near-fatal beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow at the opening game at Dodgers stadium March 31. Stow remains unconscious and in critical condition almost two months after the incident. L.A. Times reporter Joel Rubin joins Madeline with more on the investigation that led to the arrest.
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Housework stresses women out, while men find zen, new study shows

According to a new study released by USC, housework stresses women out. This may be obvious, but the same study also found that while they may be stressed, their husbands are having the time of their lives. Men had the lowest levels of the stress hormone cortisol, precisely when their wives were working up a sweat around the house - even lower than when they were relaxing with their wives. To explain to us what this research means for marriages everywhere is Darby Saxbe. She's a postdoctoral fellow in psychology at USC.
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Parenting on the Edge: parental alienation syndrome

Dahlia Lithwick, from Slate, talks with Madeleine about parental alienation syndrome; when one parent turns a child against the other parent during a nasty divorce. The American Psychiatric Association is debating whether to add PAS to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. In the process of doing so, those for and against the addition of the syndrome have become increasingly vocal.
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Becoming Chaz: transgender transition under the media spotlight

Chaz Bono, daughter of Sonny Bono and Cher, is no stranger to the media glare. As a toddler, then a girl named Chastity, he was a regular guest on the Sonny and Cher Show in the 60s and 70s. Now, at age 42, Chaz Bono is the subject of a new documentary called Becoming Chaz, where he allows cameras to capture his transition from female to male. He joins Madeleine to talk about the film and his new book.
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New accusations against Armstrong carry weight

Last night, 60 Minutes aired a report on CBS featuring an interview with Lance Armstrong's former teammate Tyler Hamilton. Hamilton charged that Armstrong used performance enhancing drugs during his time on the US Postal cycling team. Although Armstrong has repeatedly denied using banned substances, Hamilton told Scott Pelley of CBS News, that he'd witnessed the seven-time Tour de France winner using a drug called EPO, which increases the production of red blood cells and improves endurance. NPR sports correspondent Mike Pesca, joins Madeleine to talk about this and the use of performance enhancing drugs in other sports.

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The Madeleine Brand Show for August 15, 2012

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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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