The Madeleine Brand Show for August 9, 2011

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It's New Music Tuesday, the day record companies release new albums. In this edition, NPR music critic Ann Powers reviews new releases from Steve Cropper and Watch the Throne. Cropper is a guitarist who has played with Booker T & the MGs, Otis Redding and more. Watch the Throne is the new collaboration from Jay Z and Kanye West. Click through for full length tracks.
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They're back. Photos of bankers and Wall Street traders with heads in hands, rubbing their eyes. Though not a strong market indicator, business writer Chadwick Matlin tells us how the photoroll illuminates the larger difficulty of explaining why markets dive as they have this past week. It's significant, he writes in New York magazine, to remember that while markets influence the economy, a few bad days on Wall Street don't necessarily mean the larger economy is melting down. Matlin joins us from New York.
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The "gold" lining of the market crash

There has been one silver lining for investors this week, or a gold lining rather - gold hit a record high of over $1,700 yesterday. That's good news for people in the gold business. KPCC's business reporter, Shereen Marisol Meraji, joins Madeleine with a story of a succesful gold dealer.
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Can a downtown stadium make L.A. a convention town?

The Los Angeles City Council will vote this Tuesday on plans for a downtown football stadium and convention center and all indications are it will easily pass. The plan was submitted by Anschutz Entertainment Group, or AEG, which also owns nearby L.A. Live. Business and construction groups are saying the deal's a slam dunk for the city - or a touchdown, rather. AEG will pay for the new stadium. It will bring in thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in revenue for the city. But not everyone is convinced the plan will work. Tim Rutten, a former columnist for the L.A. Times, joins Madeleine to talk about whether L.A. can ever become succesful convention center.
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Police are trying to quell rioting that's engulfed England over the last three days. About 16,000 officers are patrolling the streets of London tonight. One man has died, more than 500 people have been arrested. The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, recalled Parliament from summer recess Tuesday and condemned what he called 'the sickening scenes of violence.' BBC reporter Anita Anand joins Madeleine from London.
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It's been a rocky few weeks for thousands of California families with children who have autism. After years of battling health insurance companies over who pays for costly therapy, parents thought they'd finally won an important victory. But as The California Report's Elaine Korry explains, the terms of the settlement may prevent families from receiving the coverage they expected.
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Sporkful: Eating well in the sky

Dan Pashman and Mark Garrison, co-hosts of the Sporkful podcast join us to talk about menu planning for airplane travel. With notoriously bad food, extra fees and tight security, eating on airplanes can be a real challenge. The Sporkful guys give us some tasty tips to take your snacks beyond the standard peanut bag.
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