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 June 15, 2011

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Mark Seal on 'The Man in the Rockefeller Suit'

Three years ago a man named Clark Rockefeller kidnapped his daughter and led the FBI on an international manhunt. He was found a week later in Baltimore and his daughter safely returned to her mom. It turned out Clark Rockefeller wasn't a Rockefeller at all. No one including his ex-wife knew who he was.
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Syrians flee to refugee camps in Turkey

More than eight thousand refugees have flooded into Turkey from conflict riddden Syria. Meanwhile, Syrian army units are preparing another assault on a northern town to crush anti-government protests. We speak with Borzou Daragahi of the LA Times; he was on the Turkey/Syria border and is now in Istanbul.
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Dual language program boosts LAUSD admissions

For years, many middle and upper middle-class parents have balked at sending their children to Los Angeles Unified schools, choosing to enroll them in private and charter schools outside the district. Now a nascent dual-language program has convinced some parents to send their kids back to the neighborhood school. District administrators voted yesterday to protect hundreds of dual-language teachers from layoffs. Administrators are hoping the trickle of returning students will develop into a stream. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
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The 25th annual SLEEP conference wraps up today. The three-day gathering featured the latest research on things like insomnia, snoring and napping. One study found that women recover from a loss of sleep better than men. Another looked at why night-owls have the edge in Major League Baseball. And one team presented a night cap that cools the brain and might fix a person's insomnia. Sanden Totten gives us the details on these and other sleep studies.
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Saving the Post Office

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat ... nor email will stop the US Postal Service. At least that's the hope of a group of experts convening near Washington today. The Postal Vision 2020 conference is bringing together big thinkers from companies like Google to come up with creative solutions to save the postal service. In this age of digital communications, USPS is in big trouble. It's facing about $8 billion in losses this year alone. We hear from Bryant Urstadt, an editor at Bloomberg Business Week and part of a team that investigated the financial troubles of the USPS last month.
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Dinner Party Download: Iran's couch rebels, baseball poetry and children's toys

A baseball inspired poem from 1888; a TSA inspired security wand for children that goes 'beep'. And joining a revolution from the comfort of your couch. Brendan Francis Newnam and Rico Gagliano from The Dinner Party Download join us with this week's cultural conversation starters.

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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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