The Madeleine Brand Show for November 28, 2011

Los Angeles Dismantles Occupy LA Encampment

Will Occupy LA vacate?

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told people occupying the City Hall lawn to vacate by midnight. But the occupiers are still there, and the police have not made a move to clear the camp. As the standoff continues, KPCC's Frank Stoltze updates on the latest. Madeleine also talks to protester Matt Kresling.

Your child's brain: Understanding it can help you parent

Struggling with your parenting skills? The good news is that after researching thousands of scientific studies, authors Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang found that overall kids are pretty hard to break. But in their new book "Welcome to Your Child's Brain," they looked at the way children's brains work and found that certain parenting tactics can help.

The economics of stem cell research

Stem cell research is expensive. But advocates say it will one day yield cures that could save Americans billions in long-term healthcare costs. California is now a world leader in stem cell research. Backers of the science believe this field will not only save lives but possibly save the state's economy as well.

Awesome/Not Awesome with Luke Burbank

The humorist is back for his recurring Monday segment. Luke tells us about the Kansas governor's hurt feelings. Gov. Sam Brownback mobilized his staff against an 18-year-old high school student for writing on twitter, "told [Gov. Brownback] he sucked, in person." Also, authorities in Florida arrested three people for scamming the elderly into buying 70 years worth of toilet paper. That's right - the trio claimed the government had new environmental regulations requiring special, expensive toilet paper (they made more than $1 million). And finally, people's reaction to the shopping season.
AMPAS Presents The 35th Anniversary Of The Who's "Tommy"

Remembering filmmaker Ken Russell

Ken Russell, the English film director, died Sunday. He was 84. Films directed by Russell include "Women in Love" (1969), "The Devils" (1971), "Tommy" (1975), and "Altered States" (1980).
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