The Madeleine Brand Show for June 21, 2011

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Dodgers for sale?

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig rejected a long-term TV deal, yesterday, that Dodger owner Frank McCourt proposed. That increases the chances that the cash-strapped McCourt won't be able to make the next Dodger payroll, due next week. Selig's decision also invalidates a settlement reached just last week between Frank and Jamie McCourt in their divorce case. Will the Dodgers soon be up for sale? Molly Knight of ESPN tells us who might be looking to buy the team, and how much the franchise is worth.
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California's death penalty costly and ineffective

California has the most expensive and least effective death penalty law in the nation according to a new report which finds that here in California, four billion dollars in taxpayer money has been spent to maintain the system since it was reinstated more than 30 years ago. And just 13 prisoners have been executed. The report comes out in the upcoming issue of the Loyola of Los Angeles Law review. Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson joins Madeleine to help break it down.
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Your summer reading list

As hot weather ensconces Los Angeles, book critic David Kipen is back with a summer reading list tailor made for Southern California. Full list after the break.
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No more homework, no more books, no more teachers dirty looks! School's out - or nearly out - for summer. But while some hard-won time off may seem like good news for students, a recent RAND study shows that by the end of the three-month break, students lose up to a month's worth of what they've learned. What's a parent to do? Madeleine talks to Geoffrey Borman, an education professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
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The Groupon pyramid scheme?

Forget clipping coupons - bargain hunters these days flock to sites like Groupon. The daily deal site sell customers a coupon that promises deep discounts on everything from cupcakes to airline tickets. It's a great deal for shoppers. But journalist Rocky Agrawal says Groupon's model isn't so stellar for the businesses they work with and the company itself could collapse in the near future.
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Riverside's quarry debate

The battle over a proposed open-pit quarry in Southwest Riverside County heats up again, as a county planning commission is winding up public hearings over the contentious project. While supporters say Liberty Quarry will bring in god jobs and millions of dollars in tax revenue, opponents say the cost will come in hazards to public health and the environment. KPCC's Steven Cuevas reports.
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