The Madeleine Brand Show for Jan. 10, 2012

Sheldon Adelson

Who is Sheldon Adelson? A profile on Newt Gingrich's billionaire backer

Yesterday, the Newt Gingrich team bought millions of dollars of airtime in South Carolina, thanks to a last-minute donation of $5 million. It came from one of the world's richest men - a Las Vegas casino magnate named Sheldon Adelson. That money's been spent on ads attacking Mitt Romney. To learn more about Sheldon Adelson and his ties to Newt Gingrich, we check in with Jon Ralston. He's a columnist for the Las Vegas Sun.
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Trial for Haditha shooting begins in San Diego

One of the worst incidents during the Iraq War is being examined today at a court martial at Camp Pendleton. The Haditha Massacre - as it's called - took place in 2005. U.S. Marines shot and killed 24 Iraqis after a roadside bomb killed a fellow Marine and wounded two others. The leader of the squad that did the killing is facing life in prison.

A horrible crime in Arkansas, freedom almost 20 years later

A third and final installment in the "Paradise Lost" documentary series about the West Memphis Three will air on HBO Thursday. Joe Berlinger and Jason Baldwin join the show to discuss.
The Saint

Los Angeles believers in La Santa Muerte say they aren't a cult

For most of us, figurines of ghouls and goblins come around only once a year. That's not the case for Latinos who choose to follow La Santa Muerte or The Saint of Death, a woman depicted as a cloak-draped skeleton, often holding a globe in one hand and wielding a scythe in the other.
123rd IOC Session Durban 2011

New Music Tuesday with Ann Powers: Little Willies and Ladysmith Black Mambazo

NPR music critic Ann Powers joins us to talk about two new albums that look back to the past. First she shares tracks from the new album by the Little Willies called For the Good Times. This is a country band fronted by the jazz crooner Norah Jones. She often sounds subdued and sweet on her solo efforts, but for this collection of cover songs Jones lets loose. Ann Powers also reviews a two disc set called Ladysmith Black Mambazo and friends. It's a diverse collection of collaborations between the African male choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo and artists like Lou Rawls, Dolly Parton, Zap Mama and Josh Groban.
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