The Madeleine Brand Show for November 16, 2011

"Open University" Strike Held At UC Berkeley

Students around California protest tuition hikes

Public university students throughout the state on Tuesday protested what they called the corporate greed of university administrators. UC Berkeley students have established an Occupy Cal camp, which staged one of the biggest demonstrations. The California Report's Ana Tintocalis says the anti-Wall Street protests have invigorated student demonstrations against tuition hikes and program cuts.

Community college students struggle to find open classes

Years of budget cuts are pushing some students into extreme situations to complete their education. About 10 percent of community college students attend more than one school. It's called "swirling," and students do this to get the classes they need to graduate. It has some schools re-examining their mission. Reporter Kathryn Baron has more.
Despite National Drop, Foreclosures In Connecticut On The Rise

FHA may need taxpayer bailout

A new government report shows the Federal Housing Administration, which insures more than $1 trillion in U.S. mortgages, has a 50 percent chance of needing a taxpayer bailout next year. The audit found FHA may need up to a $43 billion taxpayer bailout to go on. Christopher Thornberg, founder of Beacon Economics, joins the program to discuss what this means, as well as talk about the state of the housing market.

'The Visible Man' by Chuck Klosterman

Writer Chuck Klosterman is best known for his essays on pop culture – everything from Val Kilmer to the new Metallica/Lou Reed album. He's just published his second novel, "The Visible Man." It tells the story of a man who is literally invisible. He uses his secret to break into the homes of unsuspecting people and observes them as a fly on the wall without their knowledge. He shares his observations with his therapist who provides his only real human contact in this tale about the isolation of subjectivity.

Riverside art exhibit looks at rich and poor divide

Say "squash" and "racket," and you're talking about an Ivy League gentlemen's game. Say "racket and squash," and you're talking about how thousands of homeowners got caught up in the foreclosure crisis. Say "Jeff & Gordon," and you're talking about two artists in Riverside who've mixed squash and rackets and foreclosures into a clever video exhibit.

New Music: Adanowsky, Can, David Lynch

Our regular music critic Drew Tewksbury reviews three new albums. He takes a listen to the latest from the Mexico City performer known as Adanowsky. He also talks about music from the legendary German band Can and the first album by director David Lynch.
Scientists Continue Stem Cell Research While Courts Debate Ban

Geron Corporation abandons stem cell research

Stem cell therapies may one day provide cures for spinal chord injuries, heart damage and other serious medical conditions. For years, the biotech company Geron led the way in private research in this field. But the California-based company says it will shut down its stem cell division to focus on cancer therapies. Officials at Geron call the decision a calculated business move.
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