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The Madeleine Brand Show for August 12, 2011

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Rebels in Paradise: The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s

Oh, to be a young artist in L.A. in the 1960s. It was the epicenter of cool, as Hunter Drohojowska Philip says in the introduction to her new book. Rebels in Paradise tells the story of how Ed Ruscha, David Hockney, Ed Keinholtz and others created a new contemporary art movement based here in L.A. Hunter Drohojowska Philip joins Madeleine to tell the story of a scene that coalesced around one particular gallery in L.A., a scene made up of individuals rebelling against New York’s art scene.
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Rick Perry: popular Texan governor to announce his presidential run

Tomorrow he'll make it official: Republican Texas governor Rick Perry is running for President. He was Lieutenant Governor in 2000 and took over as governor when George W. Bush stepped down to become President. Since then, he's been re-elected three times. Recently, he’s gotten a lot of attention for presiding over an evangelical prayer fest that drew 30,000 people. Clearly, he’s a popular governor and will gain the support of a lot of conservatives. From Dallas, NPR's Wade Goodwyn joins Madeleine to look at Perry’s accomplishments while in office, why he switched from being a Democrat in the state legislature to a conservative Republican, and what he might do to broaden his appeal to independents and moderates in his run for presidency.
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The pre-historic plesiosaur: it looked like the quintessential sea monster. It had a long neck, flippers and fangs. Think of the Loch Ness monster, and you are on the right track. But a paper published today in the journal "Science" says these ancient beasts may have actually been social creatures and doting mothers. The research is based on a fossil of a pregnant plesiosaur that's part of the new dinosaur exhibit at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum. Reporter Sanden Totten paid the specimen a visit.
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Graffiti guerrilla Joe Connolly's counter spray paint campaign

Joe Connolly is serious about graffiti. For the past 20 years he's waged a campaign to wipe out tags, scrawls and pieces of graffiti of all kind, earning him the nickname the Graffiti Guerilla. He's the subject of a new documentary, "Vigilante, Vigilante," which premiered in San Francisco Friday.
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California farmers fight having to e-verify immigration status

California farmers are gearing up to fight a bill that would force them to electronically verify the immigration status of farmworkers. As the California Report’s Central Valley Bureau Chief Sasha Khokha explains, the proposal is also re-opening debate about the future of a guestworker program.
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Awesome/Not Awesome with Luke Burbank

In this week's Awesome/Not Awesome: Colton Harris Moore from Seattle, the barefoot bandit; 85-year-old Duchess of Alba, Maria del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva (phew!); and... are Bert and Ernie getting married?

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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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