The Madeleine Brand Show for October 18, 2011

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Possible Romney nomination: a game-changer for Mormons?

The candidates for the GOP presidential nomination will take part in a debate Tuesday night in Las Vegas. The state is home to a significant population of Mormons, Sen. Harry Reid among them. Journalist Richard Ostling, who covered religion for Time Magazine and wrote the book "Mormon America," says the possibility of Romney's nomination could signify the mainstreaming of Mormons in America, in the same way that John Kennedy normalized Catholics in American political life.

Gov. Brown to kids: Booster seats until you turn 8

A new state law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown requires car booster seats for children until they turn 8 years old or reach 4 feet 9 inches tall.

Los Angeles county jail abuse

As a scandal over deputies brutalizing inmates in L.A.’s jails widens, county supervisors are expected Tuesday to create an independent oversight commission. The F.B.I. and the U.S. Attorneys' office are already investigating, and there are calls for Sheriff Lee Baca to step down. Most of the complaints have come from the Men’s Central Jail. This week Sheriff Baca invited press inside the jail for a firsthand glimpse.
This week in new music: Mayer Hawthorne's new album "How Do You Do" distills his blue eyed soul, making it more pure and more clean-cut. Noah and the Megafauna is the new project from Noah Lit, the ex-frontman from L.A. indie rock outfit Oliver Future. With the ten member troupe of the Megafauna backing him up, Noah steps into the smoky realm of Eastern European jazz and American blues for "Anthems for a Stateless Nation." M83 is the project of French producer Anthony Gonzalez. At first listen, M83's sweeping synths may of recall the sounds of 1983, but there's something contemporary in the group's ambitious "Hurry Up, We're Dreaming."

A lost piece of downtown LA history is restored

On Thursday, October 20, the 30-minute film "Of Scrap & Steel" will be projected on the newly renovated roof of the Union Rescue Mission (URM). The 1948 film shows scenes of Los Angeles while telling the story of Arthur Hawkins, an alcoholic executive who ended up on the streets of Los Angeles and whose life was saved when he turned to the URM for help.

The Sporkful guys talk about school lunches

The Sporkful guys join Madeleine to discuss the staple of every childhood, making school lunches. They explain creative ways to share the lunch making responsibilities. What does Newton's second law of physics have to do with sandwiches? Listen to find out.
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