The Madeleine Brand Show for July 1, 2011

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After well-publicized conflicts with the Los Angeles Unified School District, reality television star Jamie Oliver wrapped up the second season of his show, "Food Revolution," last week. Did the program have an impact --or even pose the right ideas -- about how to improve nutrition in L.A. schools?
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DSK to be released, bail money returned

The Manhattan District Attorney lifted the bail restrictions on former IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn this morning -- from house arrest and a $6 million bond to -- nothing. Strauss Kahn had to give up his passport, but he can now move around freely within the U.S. This comes as prosecutors admitted there are serious problems with their case, namely the credibility of the maid. Former federal prosecutor and Loyola Law School professor Laurie Levenson tells us why a victim's credibility plays such a big part in sex crimes prosecution.
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Elaine Sciolino, Paris correspondent for The New York Times, joins Madeleine to talk about French reaction to the release of Dominique Strauss-Kahn amid questions about the credibility of his accuser. Will DSK still have a bright political future in France?
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NBA lockout begins

After failing to reach an agreement with players, the NBA declared a lock out early Friday morning. The basketball players now join professional football players - NFL owners locked them out back in March. One big difference: all the NFL teams are making money. Owners of the NBA say only eight of the 30 Pro basketball teams are in the black. NPR's sports correspondent, Mike Pesca, joins Madeleine to explain what's going on.
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Free school lunches hard to find over summer

What happens to the students over summer, who rely on free or reduced price school lunches, to eat? Some schools and public parks continue to offer free meals, but a recent report by the non-profit, California Food Policy Advocates, found that despite a prolonged recession, fewer and few are kids are taking advantage of the summer lunch programs. Matt Sharp talks with Madeleine. He helped put together the report.
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More summer vacations from hell

This summer we're asking our listeners to share their vacation nightmares - stories of getaways that somehow went wrong. Steve Proffitt shares a few stories from listeners who have called in. To share your tale of woe call our Vacation Nightmare hotline at 626-583-5281.
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Awesome/Not Awesome with Luke Burbank

Luke Burbank, host of the Too Beautiful to Live podcast joins us with his take on the news of the week. He weighs in on a story about gay sports teams bringing in straight players to help them win games. He talks about why a "birther" author is suing Esquire Magazine for a piece of satire they posted online. Lastly, Luke talks about how one apartment manager is using DNA to find out who isn't picking up after their dog.
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