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.
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.
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?
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.
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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