The Madeleine Brand Show

The Madeleine Brand Show is a daily, two-hour program that looks at news and culture through the lens of Southern California. Hosted by Madeleine Brand

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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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The Madeleine Brand Show for August 17, 2012

Army suicides hit a record high in July. A former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army talks about why the suicide rate is increasing now. We also have the second part of our story on the rise of heroin abuse in California. Pussy Riot, the punk rock girl band, has been sentenced to two years in prison for staging a protest in a famous Russian Orthodox Church. And if you're looking for something to do this weekend, Meghan McCarty has you covered with her Weekend Alibi. She'll tell you where to go to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication of the first Tarzan story published by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Finally, Madeleine has some news for listeners about some changes to the show.

The Madeleine Brand Show for August 16, 2012

Korean pop music, better known to fans as K-POP, is hugely popular throughout Asia, but finding success in the U.S has been much harder. That was before the single "Gangnam Style" from singer PSY hit the web. The Medicare debate heats up Presidential race. Mitt Romney's choice of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate has put the Medicare debate front and center. The trial for an Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting has been delayed because of his objection to being forcibly shaved. John Moe is back for his update on tech news. The perils of picking the perfect Vice President, in the era of post-Sarah Palin. And the Sklar brothers are back with the latest highlights in sports.

The Madeleine Brand Show for August 15, 2012

Every year in Hiroshima, organizers conduct a ceremony that looks back on the end of WWII. Roland Kelts tells us how, even 67 years later, the city is still coping. In choosing congressman Paul Ryan as the GOP Vice President pick, many think that Mitt Romney is on track to lose the Latino vote. All over Los Angeles, high school football players are already struggling with team practices and college recruiters have been playing very close attention, hoping to find the next college superstar. California Watch reports that heroin abuse is on the rise in California. And we'll talk to Luke Burbank, the host of the "Too Beautiful to Live" podcast about banning kids from bars, Insane Clown Posse's fight with the FBI and the Scrabble cheat that was recently uncovered.

The Madeleine Brand Show for August 14, 2012

A Martinez sits in for Madeleine today. Students head back to school in Los Angeles, KPCC's education reporter Vanessa Romo gives us an update on Miramonte Elementary, embroiled last year in a sexual abuse scandal. At Miramonte, there's a new principal, and a majority of the former teachers are returning. Then, we look at older students in California, and why 'CA's Master Plan for Education' is no longer the envy of the nation. Plus, it's New Music Tuesday, Ann Powers reviews two young acts re-interpretation of older, classic sounds. And, the deadliest day on K2, "Buried In the Sky" uncovers how two men survived the 'savage mountain.'

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