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The Madeleine Brand Show for May 31, 2011

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Pat Krug on the mystery of the wayward gray whale

A year ago a gray whale mysteriously appeared off the coast of Israel. What made the sighting unusual is that it happened at all - gray whales swim only in Pacific waters. Marine biologist Pat Krug joins Madeleine to explain how it happened.
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No end in sight for falling home prices

The Case-Shiller index numbers released Tuesday morning show March housing prices were at their lowest point since the housing bubble burst 5 years ago. Prices are down by more than a third from their peak in 2006. Madeleine talks to Richard Green, Director of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate about whether the housing market will ever recover to its previous levels.
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GOP 2012: NPR's Ken Rudin rounds up the candidates

Sarah Palin is on day three of a bus trip she insists is not a campaign tour. And Mitt Romney is set to announce he's in the running later this week. Today he had harsh words for President Obama in an interview broadcast on NBC. NPR political editor Ken Rudin joins us to talk about the Republican presidential hopefuls.
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Hackers attack PBS website over Wikileaks documentary

All your base belong to Lulzsec. That message, contained in a graphic featuring a stylized pink cat and a rainbow, briefly greeted visitors to over the weekend. The site was hacked by a group that is also claiming credit for shutting down Sony's Playstation network, and hacking other sites.'s Xeni Jardin joins us with the story.
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Will carpool access boost sales of electric vehicles?

On July first – the carpool lane privileges hybrid vehicle drivers have enjoyed for years will come to a screeching halt. That’s the day the yellow access stickers on California’s hybrid cars expire for good. State officials describe the program as a huge success that helped convince drivers to give hybrids a try. Now they hope a similar sticker will do the same for electric cars. But many drivers doubt that plug-ins can catch on. Sanden Totten reports.
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New Music Tuesday: Thurston Moore and Nigeria 70

Today's helping of new music comes from Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore and the compilation album Nigeria 70. Click through for full length tracks.

The Sporkful team tackles weddings

Dan Pashman and Mark Garrison from The Sporkful are on with Madeleine to give some wedding tips and tricks. They let you know what kind of food you should choose for your special day, that you should feed people alcohol before the service, and the best tactics for ensuring maximum hor d'oeuvre consumption.

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The Madeleine Brand Show for August 17, 2012

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The Madeleine Brand Show for August 16, 2012

Korean pop music, better known to fans as K-POP, is hugely popular throughout Asia, but finding success in the U.S has been much harder. That was before the single "Gangnam Style" from singer PSY hit the web. The Medicare debate heats up Presidential race. Mitt Romney's choice of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate has put the Medicare debate front and center. The trial for an Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting has been delayed because of his objection to being forcibly shaved. John Moe is back for his update on tech news. The perils of picking the perfect Vice President, in the era of post-Sarah Palin. And the Sklar brothers are back with the latest highlights in sports.

The Madeleine Brand Show for August 15, 2012

Every year in Hiroshima, organizers conduct a ceremony that looks back on the end of WWII. Roland Kelts tells us how, even 67 years later, the city is still coping. In choosing congressman Paul Ryan as the GOP Vice President pick, many think that Mitt Romney is on track to lose the Latino vote. All over Los Angeles, high school football players are already struggling with team practices and college recruiters have been playing very close attention, hoping to find the next college superstar. California Watch reports that heroin abuse is on the rise in California. And we'll talk to Luke Burbank, the host of the "Too Beautiful to Live" podcast about banning kids from bars, Insane Clown Posse's fight with the FBI and the Scrabble cheat that was recently uncovered.

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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