The Madeleine Brand Show for August 31, 2011

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We're joined by a band that, if you listen to the show, you hear everyday -- that's LA-born and bred, Fool's Gold. A track from their self-titled first album is our theme song, "Nadine." Now they're out with their follow-up, Leave No Trace. Listen in to this interview with primary songwriters Luke Top and Lewis Pesacov and a live performance from the whole band.
The Congressional Black Caucus is holding a job fair in South Los Angeles today. It's a chance for job seekers to meet with representatives from dozens of companies. The unemployment rate for African-Americans is 16 percent, twice the rate for whites. Member of the CBC are looking to change that, and some are calling on President Obama to push policies that specifically address black unemployment. Rep. Laura Richardson of South LA (D-37th district) will be at the event today. She tells us what measures she thinks Obama should take to bolster American employment.
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Why is black unemployment so high?

Many people looking for work at today's job fair in South LA will go home disappointed. Not only is the pace of hiring painfully slow, but there's not much evidence to show that job fairs actually place many people in jobs. How do people really get hired, and why is the unemployment rate for African-Americans so high? Sylvia Allegretto is a labor economist at UC Berkeley who has studied black unemployment. She joins us to explain.
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Book critic David Kipen is a regular guest on the show and the founder of bookstore/lending library Libros Schmibros in Boyle Heights. But for the next few weeks he's taking the store on the road - across town to the Hammer Museum in Westwood. In addition to the UCLA-adjacent pop up shop, Kipen will be hosting a number of literary events, including a poetry reading Tuesday featuring Boyle Heights writers Kristy Lovich, Luis Rodriguez, and Abel Salas. Click through for event info.
The death of Osama Bin Laden was a major blow for Al Qaeda. But the recently reported assassination of Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, the terrorist organization's second in command, may do more to harm the operations of Al Qaeda. Brian Fishman with the New America Foundation says Atiyah was the center of communication for Al Qaeda's disparate cells. Without him, Fishman says, the organization will likely lose its cohesion.
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The Dinner Party Download: a right turn

Brendan Francis Newnam and Rico Gagliano, hosts of The Dinner Party Download, join us to offer some tasty tidbits to kick off your weekend gatherings: the dirty secret of Manhattan liberal ladies - they love Michele Bachman's hair. Plus, this week in history Sweden switched driving from the left to the right side of the road and a new app that will tell you how fast to drive to make that green light.
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