The Madeleine Brand Show

The Madeleine Brand Show is a daily, two-hour program that looks at news and culture through the lens of Southern California. Hosted by Madeleine Brand

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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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The Madeleine Brand Show for August 17, 2012

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.

The Madeleine Brand Show for August 16, 2012

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.

The Madeleine Brand Show for August 15, 2012

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.

The Madeleine Brand Show for August 14, 2012

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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