The Madeleine Brand Show for September 30, 2011

Amanda Knox Awaits Murder Verdict

Verdict in Amanda Knox appeals trial expected Monday

Amanda Knox has been called a "she devil," "angel face" and "Foxy Knoxy." But is she a murderous seductress or just a naive young woman caught up in miscarriage of justice? An Italian judge will soon decide her fate as the verdict in her appeals trial is expected Monday. Knox, who comes from Seattle, Wash., has spent the last four years in an Italian prison convicted of murdering her British roommate, Meredith Kercher. The two had arrived in Italy for a year abroad only weeks before. The case set off a global media frenzy. Knox and her then-boyfriend, Rafaelle Sollecito, were convicted of the murder in 2009 and were sentenced to 26 and 25 years in prison respectively.
American Beauty
Pacific Standard Time is a massive art show ten years in the making. The project finally kicks off this weekend. It features Los Angeles' artists from 1945 to 1980. Exhibit include work by Ed Ruscha, Betye Saar, Ken Price, Lorser Feitelson, Wallace Berman and many more. The goal is to showcase the vibrant creative culture that helped propel Southern California to international art fame.
De Wain Valentine

De Wain Valentine's LA- inspired "Gray Column"

De Wain Valentine’s simply titled “Gray Column” is on public display for the first time at the Getty for "Pacific Standard Time." It’s a giant wall of darkness that gets lighter toward the very top. Modern, ultra-shiny and huge, the piece is 12 feet high, 8 feet wide and 3500 pounds of hardened polyester resin.
More than a million children in America have at least one parent in prison. Those kids face a lot of challenges - forming healthy relationships with adults is one of them. For the last eight years, the federal government has funded a program that pairs these children with mentors. But funding for the program was eliminated earlier this year and runs out Friday. Jed Kim reports from San Diego.
Eric Glatt

Awesome/Not Awesome with Luke Burbank

Luke Burbank joins Madeleine for his weekly segment Awesome/Not Awesome. This week, Luke tells us about interns suing Fox Searchlight Pictures for violating labor laws. The First Lady makes an unannounced shopping trip to Target. And - goodbye to 60 minutes veteran Andy Rooney.
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