Luke Burbank, host of the podcast "Too Beautiful to Live," joins Madeleine in his new time slot. This week in awesome-ness: "Cluster balloonist" Kent Couch will attach a lawn chair to dozens of balloons and ascend 25,000 feet over the Green Zone in Iraq. He'll be setting a record in ballooning while raising money for Iraqi children. What could possibly go wrong? Luke updates us on beard cutting in an Ohio Amish community and the unusual centerpieces at the MOCA gala this weekend.
Teenagers and sex are a controversial subject in America. But not in the Netherlands, according to Amy Schalet. Schalet just authored a new book called "Not Under My Roof: Parents, Teens and the Culture of Sex". She compared the different attitudes parents have towards teenage sex and found some surprises. Schalet tells Madeleine that the Netherlands focus on preventing pregnancy and disease, and have a teenage birthrate eight times lower than American teens.
The super committee has just 10 days left to make a deal. Co-chairman of the committee, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, says a two-step process will have the committee agree to an overall tax revenue number, with other congressmen to come up with the actual taxes. Also, the Republican candidates debate foreign policy over the weekend.
Just hours ago, police in Oakland began clearing out Occupy Wall Street protestors from the city's downtown plaza. So far the raid on the encampment has been mostly peaceful, but dozens of protestors have been arrested. Across the country, police cracked down on protestor camps over the weekend. In Portland, riot police used fences topped with barbed wire to hold back demonstrators as they cleaned up encampments. 50 people were arrested there.
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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