The Madeleine Brand Show for November 22, 2011

Occupy UC Davis Protests Police Pepper Spray Incident

Occupy UC: The movement grows to address student concerns

Tensions have flared at the University of California Davis and other campuses after police used pepper spray on passive protesters at a UC Davis campus rally on Nov. 18. Students there and elsewhere in California say they'll continue protesting, branching out from the larger Occupy movement to address specific student concerns, like rising tuition and burgeoning student debt.
New York Police Department officers push

The danger in covering Occupy protests

In the two months since Occupy protests began, journalists have often been caught up in the tumult. Some have been on the receiving end of nightsticks, others have been pepper sprayed. Dozens of reporters have been arrested while covering demonstrations, often recording their interactions with police. For their part, police often say they have difficulty identifying reporters, or that journalists are sometimes also violating their orders to disperse. Boing Boing editor, Xeni Jardin, has been following a number of these incidents and she joins Madeleine with the story.
The Twin Towers Correctional Facility in

OC considers 'Laura's Law' to help mentally ill

Orange County is looking at implementing 'Laura's Law' to help people with severe mental illness and their families. The Orange County Homeless Commission held a hearing Friday on whether to recommend the county fund Laura's Law to get treatment and social services to mentally ill adults.
A man whose conviction was overturned after 17 years in prison now looks forward to his first Thanksgiving at home. Last week a judge in Compton declined to retry Obie Anthony after overturning his prior conviction for murder.

Sporkful: A vegetarian Thanksgiving

The Sporkful guys – Dan Pashman and Mark Garrison – join the program once again to talk food. They say a vegetarian Thanksgiving is possible, if you do it right. Do: load up on sides; don't: use tofurky.
Pope Benedict XVI Visits Erfurt

Catholics adapt to new translations

This Sunday, Roman Catholic churches across the U.S. will roll out a big change that might confuse the pews. For the first time in 40 years, the Church is updating the translation it uses during its English language services. The goal is to bring the prayers closer to the original Latin. For English-speaking Catholics, that means memorizing new words and phrases – some of which are awkward and much more formal than many are used to.

New music Tuesday: Yelawolf, Mary J. Blige, Kate Bush

Ann Powers is back to tell us about new music. This week, Yelawolf's highly anticipated album, "Radioactive" is released. R&B star Mary J. Blige releases her tenth album "My Life II... The Journey Continues (Act 1)," which is a sequel to the great 1994 album "My Life." Also, Kate Bush releases her second album of the year with, "50 Words for Snow."

Economic roundup: GDP numbers revised down

The gross domestic product numbers have been revised, and it's not good news: new calculations estimate the U.S. had 2 percent growth instead of 2.5 percent growth in the third quarter this year. Corporate profits are up though - 6.5 percent compared to a year ago. Also, Spanish debt is competing with Greece's debt as the least desirable. KPCC's Steve Proffitt explains.
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