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 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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The summer slide: students lose knowledge during extended holiday

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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The Madeleine Brand Show for August 17, 2012

Army suicides hit a record high in July. A former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army talks about why the suicide rate is increasing now. We also have the second part of our story on the rise of heroin abuse in California. Pussy Riot, the punk rock girl band, has been sentenced to two years in prison for staging a protest in a famous Russian Orthodox Church. And if you're looking for something to do this weekend, Meghan McCarty has you covered with her Weekend Alibi. She'll tell you where to go to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication of the first Tarzan story published by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Finally, Madeleine has some news for listeners about some changes to the show.

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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