The Madeleine Brand Show

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The Madeleine Brand Show for February 7, 2012

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Deasy talks Miramonte

Miramonte Elementary replaces entire school staff

The South L.A. school rocked by sex abuse scandal in recent weeks is quiet today, as classes have been canceled through at least Thursday. When they resume, an entirely new staff of teachers and administrators will take over at Miramonte Elementary.
Hatchet Job of the Year

The Hatchet Job Award: An honor for literary critics, a not-so-honor for authors

There's nothing like a good review of a bad book, when a critic lays into an over-hyped novel or tears into a pretentious poet.
Rally For Marriage Equality Held At San Francisco City Hall

Prop 8 Decision Expected Soon

This morning, a panel of Federal judges is expected to issue a ruling on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the 2010 California initiative that prohibits same sex marriage in the state.
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Charles Dickens' legacy very much alive today

Our book critic, David Kipen, owner of the Libros Schmibros lending library in Boyle Heights, joins us to talk about Charles Dickens' legacy 200 years later.
Susan G. Komen/Planned Parenthood

Susan G Komen Executive Resigns

The PR nightmare engulfing the Susan G. Komen For The Cure breast cancer charity continued this morning as VP for Public Policy, Karen Handel, stepped down.
The Conundrum by David Owen

David Owen on 'The Conundrum' of the energy efficiency quest

David Owen joins the show to talk about his new book, "The Conundrum: How Scientific Innovation, Increased Efficiency, and Good Intentions, Can Make Our Energy and Climate Problems Worse."
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Choosing the best water filtration system

LA Times writer Susan Carpenter has been looking into various types of water treatment systems, and she has information and tips on what might be best for you.

Ann Powers shares new releases from Mark Lanegan and Sharon Van Etten

Music critic Ann Powers shares her thoughts on new releases from singers Mark Lanegan and Sharon Van Etten. Both have striking voices and make powerful, emotional music.

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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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