A new study by liberal organization CalPIRG looked at the effective tax rate for Fortune 500 companies and found that they largely avoid taxes through loopholes. States are loosing billions of dollars to crafty corporations that work the system. An example is McKesson, the health care company, they paid no taxes yet had profits of $3.1 billion over the last three years. Intel had profits of $23 billion yet also paid no taxes. KPCC's Steve Proffitt will explain the new report.
Scott Wallace – a veteran foreign correspondent - received a call one day in 2002 from an editor at National Geographic. Would he be interested in profiling a Brazilian explorer who was leading an expedition in search of the last uncontacted tribes in the world? Yes, he was. And within days Wallace left Manhattan to spend three harrowing months trekking into the heart of the Amazon jungle. The result is a new book called, “The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon's Last Uncontacted Tribes.”
John Moe of The Marketplace Tech Report joins Madeleine as he does every Thursday to run down the top tech stories of the week: Amazon is launching a new smartphone app, called Price Check. You go into a store — an actual physical bricks-and-mortar store — find an item, scan it and the app will show you the price on Amazon.com. Then, Amazon will knock an additional 5 percent off that price if you buy it using the app. Hulu is looking at adding facial recognition technology, so you can click on an actor's face and get a pop up of their Wikipedia entry so you can learn more about them and find their big roles. And twitter's top hashtags of the year.
'Tis the season for giving, and it's a time when many charitable organizations set up their annual clothing, toy and food drives to catch some of the festive cheer. While donators can drop off secondhand apparel and used toys, they often have to shell out money to purchase canned goods. Slate magazine writer Matthew Yglesias is no Grinch, but he said that for that reason, "food drives are a terrible idea."
The comedy duo - Randy and Jason Sklar - join the show to discuss the week's sports news. Albert Pujols signs a 10 year deal with the Angels for $250 million. Bob Vander Weide, outgoing CEO of the Orlando Magic, may have drunk dialed one of his players. And, Wayne Gretsky has a problem with his daughter tweeting.
Army suicides hit a record high in July. A former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army talks about why the suicide rate is increasing now. We also have the second part of our story on the rise of heroin abuse in California. Pussy Riot, the punk rock girl band, has been sentenced to two years in prison for staging a protest in a famous Russian Orthodox Church. And if you're looking for something to do this weekend, Meghan McCarty has you covered with her Weekend Alibi. She'll tell you where to go to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication of the first Tarzan story published by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Finally, Madeleine has some news for listeners about some changes to the show.
Korean pop music, better known to fans as K-POP, is hugely popular throughout Asia, but finding success in the U.S has been much harder. That was before the single "Gangnam Style" from singer PSY hit the web. The Medicare debate heats up Presidential race. Mitt Romney's choice of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate has put the Medicare debate front and center. The trial for an Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting has been delayed because of his objection to being forcibly shaved. John Moe is back for his update on tech news. The perils of picking the perfect Vice President, in the era of post-Sarah Palin. And the Sklar brothers are back with the latest highlights in sports.
Every year in Hiroshima, organizers conduct a ceremony that looks back on the end of WWII. Roland Kelts tells us how, even 67 years later, the city is still coping. In choosing congressman Paul Ryan as the GOP Vice President pick, many think that Mitt Romney is on track to lose the Latino vote. All over Los Angeles, high school football players are already struggling with team practices and college recruiters have been playing very close attention, hoping to find the next college superstar. California Watch reports that heroin abuse is on the rise in California. And we'll talk to Luke Burbank, the host of the "Too Beautiful to Live" podcast about banning kids from bars, Insane Clown Posse's fight with the FBI and the Scrabble cheat that was recently uncovered.
A Martinez sits in for Madeleine today. Students head back to school in Los Angeles, KPCC's education reporter Vanessa Romo gives us an update on Miramonte Elementary, embroiled last year in a sexual abuse scandal. At Miramonte, there's a new principal, and a majority of the former teachers are returning. Then, we look at older students in California, and why 'CA's Master Plan for Education' is no longer the envy of the nation. Plus, it's New Music Tuesday, Ann Powers reviews two young acts re-interpretation of older, classic sounds. And, the deadliest day on K2, "Buried In the Sky" uncovers how two men survived the 'savage mountain.'
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