The Madeleine Brand Show for February 7, 2012

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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