The Madeleine Brand Show for September 9, 2011

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The AMC show, "Breaking Bad," set in New Mexico - is about a middle aged man named Walter White who undergoes a Clark Kent/Superman transformation -- but on the wrong side of the law. He starts out as a mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher - making so little money he moonlights at a carwash. Walt finds out he has lung cancer and thinks his time is up. He's desperate to leave his family with some money so he gets into the methamphetemine business, using his chemistry expertise to cook up the purest, most powerful meth the Southwest has ever seen. Madeleine talks to actor Dean Norris, who plays Walt's brother-in-law, Hank Schrader on the show.
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Obama presents $450 billion jobs plan

Last night, the president laid a $450 billion plan, almost evenly split between tax cuts and new spending. He said, ""It will create more jobs for construction workers, more jobs for teachers, more jobs for veterans, and more jobs for the long-term unemployed. It will provide a tax break for companies who hire new workers, and it will cut payroll taxes in half for every working American and every small business." Roben Farzad, senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek, joins Madeleine with reaction from Wall Street and private economists.
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Job-seeker looks for relief in Obama proposal

President Obama presented his plan for creating jobs Thursday night. The speech had special meaning for Bruce Pierce, a long-term unemployed man in Los Angeles. KPCC's business reporter Shereen Marisol Meraji checked in with Pierce before and after the speech. He said he's hopeful he can just make it through the next months with an extension of unemployment benefits, which was a part of the plan Obama proposed.
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California legislature wraps up

California state lawmakers have just hours left to finish their legislative business for the year Friday and there's a lot on their "to-do" list, from Governor Brown's job package to a bill that would fast track efforts to build a stadium in downtown Los Angeles. California Report's Sacramento bureau chief John Myers joins Madeleine with more.
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The Submission: 9/11 in fiction

The 9/11 memorial will be formally dedicated on Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the attacks. It will open to the public the following day. It's taken years for the memorial to be built. In the meantime author Amy Waldman has created a fictional 9/11 Memorial that was never built. It's the subject of her new novel, "The Submission." The book reads as if it came off the pages of the newspaper she used to work for, The New York Times. It's about what happens when the city finds out that the architect who won the memorial design competition is a Muslim. Madeleine spoke to Amy Waldman from New York.
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The delicate art of the exit email

The ex-CEO of Yahoo! made headlines this week with her terse exit email, in which she chose not to sugarcoat what happened to her. She wrote: "To all, I am very sad to tell you that I've just been fired over the phone by Yahoo's Chairman of the Board. It has been my pleasure to work with all of you and I wish you only the best going forward." Then in an interview that's been widely quoted, she called the Board doofuses and said they F-ed her over. Will Schwalbe, co-writer of the book "Send: The Essential Guide to Email for Office and Home," joins Madeleine to discuss the delicate art of the exit email. Patt Morrison Senior Producer Jonathan Serviss also discusses his own impending departure from the station.
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