Thousands of North Koreans mourned the death of their "dear leader" Kim Jong Il Monday. His son, Kim Jong Un, will succeed him as the leader of the secretive communist country. South Korea's military is on high alert as analysts weigh what this could mean for relations on the divided peninsula and with the rest of the world.
While most NFL stars jump around or dance after a big win, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow's likes to drop to one knee, put his head on his fist and pray. It's a move that's been dubbed "Tebowing," and it's catching on across the country. Fans are striking the pose in front of famous monuments, at graduation ceremonies – one man even proposed while Tebowing. Pictures of these moments are posted to a site called Tebowing.com.
House Republicans are expected to reject a plan to extend the payroll tax-break approved by a bipartisan vote in the Senate over the weekend. House Speaker John Boehner announced Republicans in the House would vote against the proposal Monday. Boehner is calling on Senate leaders to negotiate an alternative bill before legislators leave for the holidays.
Kristy Edmunds was recently named the executive and artistic director of UCLA Live. The performance series has been struggling financially with state budget cuts to the UC system. Edmunds says she hopes to turn that around by taking the series in a bold new direction. She comes to L.A. after working four years as the artistic director of the Melbourne International Arts Festival in Australia and many years in the Portland arts scene. Edmunds has built her reputation by working with avant-garde artists and companies, so she's sure to have a tough balancing act filling seats with an eye to innovation.
North Korean leader Kim Jung Il was a brutal dictator, one who brought untold suffering to his people. Here in the West, he was also one of the most made-fun of dictators. Everyone from 30 Rock to SNL to South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have parodied Kim Jung Il. Steve Proffitt has a quick look at the lighter side of the dear leader.
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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