The 2012 presidential election season is here. And once again campaign finance questions are being raised, especially following the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that struck down limits on corporate campaign spending. We look at the role and workings of the Super PACs with Jerry Mayer, associate professor of public policy at George Mason University.
Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez has been writing a series of columns about death and how we as a society deal with the inevitable. He began his series in the summer with a column about his elderly father, who had fallen ill and is now in a nursing home. He wrote: "And so it goes, the slow, inexorable march to the place we all must visit. Watching, I find myself wondering why we're so ill-equipped to accommodate, accept and talk about the fate we all are guaranteed." Madeleine Brand spoke with Steve Lopez about the series and his father.
It may have been the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. that all of us be judged on the content of our character. But, what if the content of our character doesn't count for much? Tufts psychologist Sam Sommers contends that who we are may be less important than where we are in his new book, "Situations Matter." He finds context – not personality – governs the decisions we make, from the profession we choose to the people we fall in love with. Sam Sommers spoke to Madeleine from his home in Boston.
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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