The Madeleine Brand Show for January 12, 2012

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'The Obamas': Life in the public eye

A new book about the President and the First Lady is causing a stir. "The Obamas" details the relationship between Barack and Michelle, their adjustment to life in Washington and some strained exchanges between Michelle Obama and key White House staff.
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Haiti still in recovery two years after devastating earthquake

Two years ago, the world witnessed one of the most devastating natural events in recent history. A massive 7.0 earthquake rocked the island nation of Haiti, killing more than 200,000 people and leaving millions homeless. Today, despite an outpouring of money and aid, problems still remain, with an estimated 500,000 people still living under tents and the official death toll from cholera in the thousands.
Gov. Jerry Brown Signs California Budget Cut Legislation

Participatory budgeting: Putting tax dollars back in your hands

California is a state strapped for cash and in the middle of a serious budget crisis. But what if you, at a local level at least, could have a say in how your tax dollars are spent? A program known as 'participatory budgeting' could help with that. The program is currently used in New York and Chicago, and UCLA is holding a conference today to explain more about the practice that originated in Brazil.
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Rom

Mitt Romney's involvement in Bain Capital explained

Republican presidential candidates trying to stop front-running Mitt Romney are raises tough questions about Romney's tenure as the head of the private investment firm Bain Capital.
Denver Broncos v Oakland Raiders

Sports news with the Sklars

The Sklar brothers, Randy and Jason, join us for a weekly look at the world of sports. This week's highlights include the growing legend of Tim Tebow, a prank gone wrong before a football game at Michigan State University and a hockey player who injured himself while eating his wife's pancakes.
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