The Madeleine Brand Show for August 5, 2011

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Masses of wildlife converge on two hotspots off California coast

Over the last decade, marine biologists have attached thousands of electronic tags to animals swimming in the Pacific Ocean. Their goal was to figure out where the animals were migrating - how far, how deep and in what kind of water. From tuna to whales, nearly 2,000 individual animals were tracked from 23 different species. A staggering amount of data was collected and the results were recently published in the journal, Nature. Our favorite marine biologist, Pat Krug, tells us about the massive movement of wildlife the data shows in two hotspots off the California coast.
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Jobs report for July: at least it's not getting any worse

According to the federal government's jobs report, 117,000 jobs were added in July, bringing the unemployment rate down slightly, to 9.1 percent. In other words, just enough to hold steady. The bit of good news caused markets to briefly rally, but they may not hold steady after a slide Thursday that sunk the Dow to its lowest point since October 2008. Investors are concerned about European debt and slow U.S. growth, prompting at least one columnist at the New York Times to ask (again), are we headed for a double-dip recession? Roben Farzad of Bloomberg Businessweek joins us to break down the numbers.
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Money under the mattress won't work; personal investments in an uncertain economy

Economic uncertainty is causing financial worries worldwide. The Dow plunged 513 points Thursday over fears of a double dip recession, and the European Central Bank has stepped in to calm markets across the Atlantic. With financial fluctuation in the air, what's an average investor to do? Hoard gold bars? Buy a share of Apple stock? Liz Weston author of "The 10 Commandments of Money: Survive and Thrive in the New Economy," guides us through the options.
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How police can best deal with mentally ill suspects

Kelly Thomas was schizophrenic. The 37 year-old homeless man from Fullerton was beaten by police and later died. Responding to public outrage, Fullerton Police are considering ways to better train officers on how to interact with mentally ill suspects. KPCC's Frank Stoltze tells us about programs already in place in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
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Laura's Law might have helped Fullerton homeless man before tragedy struck

Kelly Thomas, the homeless man who died in July after allegedly being beaten by Fullerton police, had a long history of battling schizophrenia. He went on and off medication and refused treatment for years. With proper care Kelly may have been able to be helped, but legally a mentally ill person cannot be forced to undergo treatment unless they are deemed a danger to themselves or others. By then it's often too late. Because Kelly was an adult, there was little his parents could do legally to get him treatment, though there is a law on the books in California that could get around this problem.
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California's food safety may inform national standards

Thirty six million pounds of fresh and frozen turkey have been recalled. The meat has been linked to a salmonella outbreak that's killed one California man and sickened more than 70 others. It's been five years since an E. Coli outbreak linked to spinach from the Salinas Valley killed three people and made 200 others sick. The resulting food safety standards in California are now the model for proposed national standards. Reporter Krista Almanzan from KAZU in Monterey looks at how the program works.
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The days of the eight-hour Jerry Lewis telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association are no more. The MDA announced the 85-year-old comedian will retire from his role as host of their charity event. Luke Burbank weighs in on what Jerry brought to the world of TV fundraising. Also, Luke tells the tale of a small town mayor in New Mexico who is hot water for signing city contracts while drunk. And Luke talks about U.K. punks helping to preserve historic buildings in the English country side.
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