The Madeleine Brand Show for October 28, 2011

Madoff family tells their side

Members of the family of imprisoned investor Bernard Madoff have been making headlines this week as they court media attention for their new biographies. In the first interview she's given since publishing her new memoir, "The End of Normal: A Wife's Anguish, A Widow's New Life." Stephanie Madoff Mack joined Madeleine Friday to discuss her experiences and those of her former husband.

Book review: 'The Best American Noir of the Century'

Noir stories focus on gritty crimes and hardened detectives. The genre was popular in the 1940s and '50s. Book critic David Kipen joins us to review the film noir anthology, "The Best American Noir of the Century." Mark your calendars: Kipen will be participating in the Five by Five Noir festival on Oct. 29 at 6 p.m.

Meet the real witches of Los Angeles County

Reporter Jen Sharpe takes us on a tour of the city's witches. From the occult ritual of Topanga beach to the Hollywood retail store Panpipes.
Drinking with the Tiger

Weekend Alibi: Escape from Halloween

Meghan McCarty brings us the lowdown on fun weekend activities in Southern California in her weekly "Weekend Alibi" feature. This week, if you're already sick of candy corn, pumpkins and zombies, we've got some alternative thrills to keep you busy over Halloween weekend: the grand opening party for The Kleinrock Internet Heritage Site at UCLA, Twin Peaks Party at the Smell club downtown and the closing reception for the Nib Geebles calendar art show. Full disclosure - artist Nib Geebles is the alter-ego of The Madeleine Brand Show engineer, Gordon Henderson.

Awesome/Not awesome with Luke Burbank

Luke Burbank is back for this weekly segment Awesome/Not awesome. He'll talk about Google's $30 million challenge to get to the moon in two years, and why NASA is interested in studying space feces. Also, Luke dishes on the Commercial Felony Streaming Act, a proposal to ban people from posting their own versions of copyrighted songs on YouTube. And he explains the case of a Philadelphia-area couple who lost custody of their children after naming them "Adolf Hitler" and "Aryan Nation."
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