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The Madeleine Brand Show for June 21, 2011




Musician Justin Vernon of Bon Iver performs on stage.
Musician Justin Vernon of Bon Iver performs on stage.
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Drew Tewksbury reviews new releases from Bon Iver and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Four billion dollars. That's the amount of money California's spent on the death penalty since it was reinstated in 1978. Professor Laurie Levenson from Loyola Law School explains why the cost is untenable. And book critic David Kipen is here with a list of summer reading.