The Madeleine Brand Show for July 8, 2011

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Rockefeller imposter pleads not guilty to murder charges

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.
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The secrets of spit

Saliva might seem gross when the stuff unintentionally flies out of your mouth, or you see the person sleeping on the seat next to you drooling, but researchers are finding new uses for saliva that could open the way to big changes in the world of medicine.
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Liftoff! As NASA's shuttle program ends, private space industry takes flight

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.
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Job numbers worse than expected

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.
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Royal visit brings tight security ... no paparazzi?

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.
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New documentary profiles golden age hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest

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.
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Awesome/Not Awesome with Luke Burbank

Luke Burbank is back for his weekly installment of Awesome/Not Awesome: bikini baristas busted for hooking, the Manhattan pet shop that banned puppy sales to drunk people and Indiana scraps cursive instruction.
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