Clark Rockefeller--whose real name is Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter--pleaded not guilty to murder charges this morning. Originally from Germany, Gerthartsreiter was a con man who pretended to be a Rockefeller, among many identities for decades here in the U.S. He was unmasked a few years ago after he was arrested for kidnapping his own daughter and leading police on an international manhunt. He's been serving prison time in the East Coast. Now, he's been extradited to L.A. to face charges that he killed a San Marino man back in 1985. Mark Seal, author of The Man in the Rockefeller Suit, joins Madeleine to talk about the case.
Now that the shuttle program is officially ending - the job of ferrying astronauts to and from space is going to the private sector. Much of which is currently here in California. But states like Texas and New Mexico are working hard to lure those businesses into their borders. Greg Autry teaches macro-economics UC Irvine. He tells us about the major players in the private space industry.
There was a big surprise in monthly employment report Friday morning - and not a good one. Thursday, many economists were cheering after a private firm's survey showed employers adding about 150,000 jobs in June. That didn't square with the official numbers released Friday morning: 18,000 new jobs - nowhere near 150,000. The unemployment rate also increased to 9.2 percent. Bloomberg Business Week's Roben Farzad joins Madeleine to discuss.
Next weekend will be carmageddon, but this week the Royal couple - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - will arrive in our fair city. You'd think that in this celebrity-worshipping town, of all places, there would be a buzz of excitement over the Royal visit. We had our producer Meghan McCarty on the story, but she found that wasn't really the case.
Rap music might seem like a young person's game. But hip hop is old enough now to have its own golden age. The era was dominated by acts including Queen Latifah, Public Enemy... and A Tribe Called Quest. The Queens, New York quartet formed as a crew of high school friends. For almost a decade, Tribe's message-oriented music sliced through hip hop's early 90s gangster bravado. "Beats, Rhymes, and Life: the Travels of A Tribe Called Quest" is a new documentary that opens today in Los Angeles. It depicts the group's rise and captures its bitter break up. Christopher Johnson reports.
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.
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.
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.
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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