Hollywood has long seen piracy as a threat to the industry. They've been pushing for legislation that would clamp down on websites that facilitate illegal downloads. Tech interests in Silicon Valley have been pushing back. They say the proposed legislation would throttle the web. The argument comes to a head Thursday in Washington, where the House Judiciary committee will consider the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA. KPCC's Washington bureau chief, Kitty Felde, joins Madeleine with an update.
John Moe, host of the one stop shop for technology news, the Marketplace Tech Report, joins us. He'll review the new Facebook feature called "Timeline" that lets you organize your posts, pictures and friends chronologically. Moe will also talk about the new Android phone called "Galaxy Nexus." It's the first phone to use the "Ice Cream Sandwich" operating system that has garnered buzz in tech circles. And he'll discuss a plan by NASA to build a space harpoon that will help retrieve material from comets.
Chimpanzees are our closest animal relative – their ability to communicate, empathize and look back at us with big, expression-filled eyes has fueled human curiosity for centuries. Due to their genetic similarities, chimpanzees are also prime subjects for research. One thousand chimps are housed in research facilities here in the U.S. By one estimate, this costs taxpayers $30 million a year. Today, the Institute of Medicine released a highly anticipated report that sets new guidelines for research on chimpanzees.
A recent essay appearing on Forbes.com has set the web world on fire. 'If I Was a Poor Black Kid," written by white author Gene Marks, has drawn more than 400,000 views and counting. In the piece, he laments the chasm between the rich and the poor and says it's unfair that his kids, who are no smarter than an intercity kid, get all the breaks. And so, he offers up a simple solution to the problem.
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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