The Madeleine Brand Show for November 11, 2011

Deficit Super Committee Holds Open Hearing

Rep. Becerra on supercommittee: "I'm an eternal optimist"

Los Angeles Democratic Congressman Xavier Becerra returns to the program to explain the current state of negotiations in Congress' so-called 'super committee.' The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction is charged with finding $1.2 trillion in planned budget savings during a 10 year period.
Space Shuttle Endeavour Retires After Its Final Mission

Space Shuttle Endeavour faces difficult journey to Calif. Science Center

On June 1, 2011, the Space Shuttle Endeavour returned from its final mission into space. Now it's facing what could be its toughest trek yet – getting through Los Angeles. Late next year, the shuttle will travel roughly 10 miles from LAX to its new home at the California Science Center.

'Dragonslayer' follows the skate-punk culture of Orange County

The new documentary, "Dragonslayer" follows a young, drug-fueled skater bum named Josh "Skreech" Sandoval. Skreech spends his time skateboarding in abandoned pools in Orange County and hanging out with his girlfriend. The film has been hailed as a tale of misspent youth in troubled times. It won the grand jury prize for documentary at last year's SXSW festival. Madeleine spoke to director, Tristan Patterson about what drew him to the project.
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Have a happy 11-11-11!

11-11-11 is being interpreted as an especially auspicious or ominous date, depending who you ask. The Corduroy club is even celebrating it because it most resembles the parallel lined pattern of corduroy. This kind of same-numbered palindrome only comes around once every hundred years. Steve Proffitt will celebrate the day with a report.

Weekend Alibi: Limerick Festival, Pulp Shakespeare and Captured! By Robots

Meghan McCarty brings us the lowdown on the best weekend entertainments in Southern California in her regular feature, "Weekend Alibi." This week: the Limerick Festival in Altadena serves up ales and anapests, "Pulp Shakespeare" reimagines Tarantino by the Bard and the band Captured! By Robots takes over the Redwood Bar and Grill.
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Awesome/Not awesome with Luke Burbank

Comedian Luke Burbank gives his take on the Awesome or Not Awesome news of the week. He says a New York city undercover police operation runs into problems because no one wants haircuts from the undercover barber. An appeals court in Seattle says drivers of armored cars get bathroom breaks too. And a Detroit petition is out there to stop Nickelback from playing at the NFL halftime show.
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