For years, the price of marijuana has been declining in California as the supply exploded with the medical marijuana market. Now, after a federal crackdown and some bad weather, the supply is down and prices are up. A pound of high-grade marijuana sold for under $1,000 last year, but is now over $2,000.
As the GOP nomination race heads into the final stretch before voting begins, Newt Gingrich remains the front runner. He's in New Hampshire today to do a one-on-one debate with back-of-the-pack Jon Huntsman. It's a chance for Gingrich to showcase his knowledge in this important primary state, while Huntsman is motivated by the need for exposure (he's polling in the single-digits). Mitt Romney is also in New Hampshire fighting for votes; he had an interesting encounter with a gay man recently. Romney told him marriage is between a man and a woman. Safe to say, he lost the support of that one voter. We'll hear all the week's political news as the race for the White House heats up.
Last month, we spoke with Los Angeles Times reporter Sam Quinones about the rise of the tuba. He said tuba players have become the rockstars of the Mexican Banda world — making more money and getting more attention than other players. Apparently that new found glory comes at a cost. Southern California schools are experiencing a rash of tuba thefts. Tubas that are damaged can still fetch $2,000 and a new tuba can cost $5,000. Also, tuba players are in high demand, earning up to $100 dollars per hour.
Crowds of protesters gathered at California ports early Monday in an effort to stop traffic at two of the West Coast's busiest terminals. Protesters hoped to shut down ports in Long Beach and Oakland. The actions were part of a coordinated effort by the Occupy Wall Street movement to hurt corporate profits by shutting down ports along the West Coast.
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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