The Madeleine Brand Show for November 25, 2011

Roughly 50,000 students attend one of L.A.'s highly-coveted magnet schools. The magnets are designed to be the best campuses in the district. There's an application process that requires parents to be on top of their game to ensure that their kid gets into one of these top-notch public programs. GOOD Magazine education editor Liz Dwyer joins us to explain the byzantine world of magnet school applications.

L.A. aims to green up city streets with mini-parks

Mini-parks are popping up around the country, from New York to San Francisco. Now, Los Angeles is about to join in. These "parklets" take advantage of small spaces in urban areas. They're often set up in what was once a parking space and include benches, trees and sometimes a patio.
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Marc Maron: Probing the dark night of the comic's soul

Marc Maron's alternative brand of comedy has been pleasing fans for decades, but he's finally gaining a large audience with his hit podcast, "WTF." In it, Maron interviews fellow comedians at length, delving deep into the psyches of these notoriously volatile personalities.
Swimming reindeer, Montastruc, France, 13,000 years old

A History of the World in 100 Objects

Director of the British Museum Neil MacGregor takes us on a journey through two million years of human history. He's managed to pick just 100 objects to help explain the history of the world. They're presented in a new book based on his popular BBC series, A History of the World in 100 objects. Madeleine talked to MacGregor about the objects he chose.
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