The Madeleine Brand Show for November 18, 2011

Joint Deficit Reduction Committee Holds Overview Hearing Of Previous Debt Proposals

Supercommittee struggles to find sweet spot

The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction – or supercommittee – has only days to come up with $1.2 trillion in cuts to reduce the deficit, before default trigger cuts to things like defense and education go into effect. The prospects don't look good, as the leaders of each political party blame the others for a failure to meet in the middle. The committee is finally meeting again after a week-long break in negotiations. What signs should we look out for to gauge the tenor of their discussion?
The Deficit Reduction Supercommittee Holds Meeting For Opening Statements
The Nov. 23 deadline for Congress' super committee is approaching. So far, it has made little apparent progress on reducing the nation's deficit. We look at the psychology of procrastination in general and how it plays out in our political process for better or worse.

Madeleine at the Auto Show: The Rolls Royce Mini

Madeleine got a sneak preview of the Los Angeles Auto Show, which opens to the public Friday. The show offers the best in auto design, with over 30 new car models making their debut. Los Angeles Times auto columnist, Susan Carpenter, joins Madeleine at the show for the grand tour.

Electric car makers Coda, BYD plug into LA

In the last few months, two electric car makers set down roots for their U.S. headquarters here in Los Angeles. China-based BYD opened up shop here in October, and Coda Automotive just moved from Santa Monica to West L.A. with a politician-studded grand opening. Mayor Villaraigosa called the move a victory for green business, saying Los Angeles will be the green car capital of the world.
Serving Occupy LA food

How does Occupy LA eat?

Over a month has passed since members of Occupy L.A. first set up tents in front of City Hall. But with the camp's future in question almost daily, essentials like food and water are often overlooked. One L.A. caterer has cooked up a creative solution.
Beaujolais Nouveau arrives
Meghan McCarty brings us the lowdown on fun events happening around Southern California in her regular feature, Weekend Alibi. This week: Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrive! ... Pershing Square freezes over for Downtown on Ice and a new Star Wars exhibit opens at the Discovery Science Center.
Hosts of The Dinner Party, Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam, join Madeleine for their weekly booster shot of cultural news. This week: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) meets on how to safeguard "intangible cultural heritage," Roger Craig, a Jeopardy! contestant, created a web application that helped him win the game show and for this week in history, we reminisce over Ford's Edsel. It rolled off the assembly line this week in 1959.
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