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.
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.
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.
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.
Army suicides hit a record high in July. A former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army talks about why the suicide rate is increasing now. We also have the second part of our story on the rise of heroin abuse in California. Pussy Riot, the punk rock girl band, has been sentenced to two years in prison for staging a protest in a famous Russian Orthodox Church. And if you're looking for something to do this weekend, Meghan McCarty has you covered with her Weekend Alibi. She'll tell you where to go to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication of the first Tarzan story published by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Finally, Madeleine has some news for listeners about some changes to the show.
Korean pop music, better known to fans as K-POP, is hugely popular throughout Asia, but finding success in the U.S has been much harder. That was before the single "Gangnam Style" from singer PSY hit the web. The Medicare debate heats up Presidential race. Mitt Romney's choice of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate has put the Medicare debate front and center. The trial for an Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting has been delayed because of his objection to being forcibly shaved. John Moe is back for his update on tech news. The perils of picking the perfect Vice President, in the era of post-Sarah Palin. And the Sklar brothers are back with the latest highlights in sports.
Every year in Hiroshima, organizers conduct a ceremony that looks back on the end of WWII. Roland Kelts tells us how, even 67 years later, the city is still coping. In choosing congressman Paul Ryan as the GOP Vice President pick, many think that Mitt Romney is on track to lose the Latino vote. All over Los Angeles, high school football players are already struggling with team practices and college recruiters have been playing very close attention, hoping to find the next college superstar. California Watch reports that heroin abuse is on the rise in California. And we'll talk to Luke Burbank, the host of the "Too Beautiful to Live" podcast about banning kids from bars, Insane Clown Posse's fight with the FBI and the Scrabble cheat that was recently uncovered.
A Martinez sits in for Madeleine today. Students head back to school in Los Angeles, KPCC's education reporter Vanessa Romo gives us an update on Miramonte Elementary, embroiled last year in a sexual abuse scandal. At Miramonte, there's a new principal, and a majority of the former teachers are returning. Then, we look at older students in California, and why 'CA's Master Plan for Education' is no longer the envy of the nation. Plus, it's New Music Tuesday, Ann Powers reviews two young acts re-interpretation of older, classic sounds. And, the deadliest day on K2, "Buried In the Sky" uncovers how two men survived the 'savage mountain.'
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