The Madeleine Brand Show for February 1, 2012

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Super PACs place their stamp on elections

After two federal court rulings in 2010 allowed independent political groups to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money for candidates, super PACs have largely taken over the political fundraising landscape.
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Susan G. Komen for the Cure severs ties with Planned Parenthood

Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the largest breast cancer organization in the US will no longer fund Planned Parenthood's breast cancer exams.
Oscar statues are seen at the Kodak Thea

Want an Oscar? Star in a biopic

In recent decades the path to Oscar gold for many actors has increasingly led through biopics. We talk to Mick LaSalle about this trend.

Meet Steven Kutcher, Hollywood's bug wrangler

Steven Kutcher is known for wrangling bugs to behave for Hollywood. But work has slowed down, which gives him time to focus on his other passion – using bugs as living paintbrushes.

"Soul Train" creator Don Cornelius is dead at 75

The creator of the show "Soul Train" is dead - we remember Don Cornelius' life and career.

What Facebook's IPO means for Wall Street and Silicon Valley

It's been the biggest buzz coming out of social media circles, the impending announcement from Facebook that they are going public.
CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute - Arrivals

"Awesome/Not Awesome" with Luke Burbank: Fact-checking Ice Cube

Luke Burbank, host of the podcast "Too Beautiful to Live" joins Madeleine for his weekly analysis of the awesome and not awesome news of the week.
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