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The Madeleine Brand Show for February 14, 2012




Supporters of Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney vie for attention at CPAC in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. Presidential Hopeful Santorum has edged in front of Romney in a recent NY Times/CBS poll.
Supporters of Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney vie for attention at CPAC in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. Presidential Hopeful Santorum has edged in front of Romney in a recent NY Times/CBS poll.
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Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has edged ahead of Mitt Romney in a new CBS/New York Times poll. What does it mean for the GOP presidential field? Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich took a break from the campaign trail to visit California for some fundraising. KPCC’s Frank Stoltz has more on the two L.A. stops designed to pump up Gingrich's campaign coffers. Plus, the Roman origins of Valentine's Day aren't so lovey-dovey: the original rites involved lots of booze, nudity and animal pelts. And it's almost Oscar time - the NY Times' award season blogger Melena Ryzik fills us in on this season's campaign tactics. And Drew Tewksbury joins the show with new music reviews.