The Madeleine Brand Show for January 20, 2012

Republican presidential hopefuls, former

Campaigns in full swing as South Carolina nears

Looking ahead to South Carolina's primary and back at dirty political campaigns of the past, columnist Brad Wharter joins the show.
Iowa Sets The Stage For Nation's First Vote In Upcoming Presidential Election

Super PAC lessons from California

As the South Carolina primary nears, super PACs are playing an ever increasing role. We talk with Rick Hasen about the power of the super PAC.

New film: Beauty queen falls into drug wars

Mexican film director Gerardo Naranjo joins the show to talk about his new film, "Miss Bala."

The life and blues of Etta James

Rhythm and blues legend Etta James, who lived in Riverside, Calif., has died after a struggle with leukemia. She was 73.

Pasadena claims the cheeseburger's birthplace, celebrates

Mouthwatering tributes abound as Pasadena celebrates its role as supposed birthplace of the cheeseburger.
Desert Tortoise

Large solar projects intrude on desert tortoise

Plans for 26 solar projects in the deserts of California could pose a major risk to the threatened desert tortoise. Judy Muller investigates.
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Dinner Party Download: The mystery of the Poe Toaster and cellphones behaving badly

Need some witty banter to get you through the weekend? The guys from the Dinner Party, Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam, stop by every Friday, so you’re in luck! This week, an explanation for the recent New York Philharmonic cell phone uproar and deciphering the mystery behind the Poe Toaster .
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