The Madeleine Brand Show for January 13, 2012

Ben Bernanke

Transcripts reveal Federal Reserve's slow response to housing crisis

It appears the housing and financial meltdown caught the Federal Reserve by surprise. Transcripts of meetings held in 2006, during Fed chairman Ben Bernanke's first year, were released yesterday. They include comments from Treasury secretary Timothy Geithner – then a Fed official – that "collateral damage" from housing could be avoided.
Mercer 10435

How easy is it to form a Super PAC?

Another candidate could be joining the Republican presidential race: comedian Stephen Colbert. He announced his possible candidacy last night, and handed over his Super PAC, Citizens for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, to Daily Show host Jon Stewart. So just how easy is it to form a Super PAC? Very, it seems.
George Takei As Sulu (L) And Walter Koenig As Chekov (R) In The Television Series Star Trek
John Moe, host of the Marketplace Tech Report spent the week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. He'll talk about his favorite shiny new objects. He'll also explain why Google is facing legal trouble over it's new search feature. And he'll talk about the latest contest from the X-Prize: 10 million dollars to anyone who can build a Star Trek "tricorder" like device to diagnose diseases.

Playwright Anna Deavere Smith's take on health care

Actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith made her name creating documentary style plays where she interviews real people and then portrays them on stage. Her play about the L.A. Riots, "Twilight: Los Angeles," earned her two Tony Award nominations. She was a Pulitzer finalist for "Fires in the Mirror," her look at the Crown Heights riot in New York. But her most recent one woman performance, "Let Me Down Easy," is different. It doesn't take a look at one event in history, instead it looks at people's experience with our health care system. Tonight PBS will air the performance, so Madeleine got her in the studio to talk about it.
Troy Isaac

Troy Isaac is helping the homeless any way he can

Last year, the Los Angeles Homeless services Authority estimated there are over 51,000 homeless in L.A. County. Troy Eric Isaac is 38 years old, and he’s trying to change that.

Weekend Alibi: Travel, Fela! at the Troubador and Global Street Fighter Championships

Meghan McCarty is back with her Weekend Alibi: kicking butt with Global Street Fighters, vacation inspiration in Long Beach and the Afrobeat goodness of Fela Kuti at the Troubador.
Hattie Carraway

The 'Silent Senator,' Mahler interrupted and hugger muggers: Dinner Party Download

The Dinner Party Download duo, Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam stop by to share some conversation starters. For instance, this week back in 1932, an Arkansas housewife suddenly became the first elected female Senator in US history. Her name was Hattie Caraway and she was known for keeping a low profile, sometimes even knitting in the Senate rather than making big speeches. She got the nickname "Silent Hattie." The DPD guys will also tell how one person's iPhone ringtone forced the New York Philharmonic to halt mid-performance. They'll also talk about hugger muggers, a new type of thief springing up in England.
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