The Madeleine Brand Show for August 4, 2011

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Fullerton homeless man's father angry over son's death

Kelly Thomas was a fixture of downtown Fullerton who was often recognized by pedestrians and local business owners. The 37-year-old homeless man died in early July, five days after he was beaten by Fullerton Police in the course of an arrest on suspicion of burglary.
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Lobbyists already looking to influence the Congressional "Super Committee"

The ink is dry on the debt ceiling bill, but now the work of reducing the deficit begins. The deal created the provision for a Super Committee - a panel consisting of 6 Republicans and 6 Democrats who will be tasked with coming up with 1 trillion dollars in budget cuts. No one has been appointed yet, but lobbyists are already working hard to protect their client's financial interests. Fred Werthheimer, president of Democracy 21, a group that looks into the influence of big business and money in US politics, explains more.
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NSA attends Las Vegas hacker convention

The annual computer hacker convention, known as DefCon, opens in Las Vegas today. The entrance fee is $150 cash, and no real names need to be given. Ten thousand people are expected to attend over the next 4 days, including member of the National Security Agency who are on the look out for new recruits. Richard George, technical director for cyber defense at the NSA, explains why DefCon is a good place to find the next generation of cyber crime fighters.
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Nike hopes to ride the wave of surfing culture

The U.S. Open of Surfing wraps up this weekend in Huntington Beach. Tens of thousands of fans flock to the beach to watch their favorite surfers compete. Anyone checking out the waves and riders will also see a ton of advertising from Nike - the big money behind the event. Does Nike's swift move into action sports play with the fans?
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TV networks woo critics at TCA

TV executives aren't known to be beholden to TV critics. Plenty of reviewers' darlings - shows like Freaks and Geeks, or Terriers - have been killed off in their infancy. But this week executives are making their case to the critics. The Television Critics Association press tour is underway in Beverly Hills. It's a chance for all the major TV channels to win over critics with new ideas or explain their past mistakes. Tim Molloy, who has been covering the TCA press tour for The Wrap.com, joins Madeleine with an update.
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Tiger's back and legal woes for A-Rod: Sports news with the Sklars

The Sklar brothers, Randy and Jason, join Madeleine with a round up of the week in sports, including the long-awaited return of Tiger Woods to the green and athletes feeling the long arm of the law: Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees and former Chicago Bull Toni Kukoc.
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