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The Madeleine Brand Show for February 21, 2012




The backdrop of the stage with the Oscar Award is seen onstage during the 84th Academy Awards announcement held at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Jan. 24, 2012, in L.A. Does the show always happen the way you'd like it to? Slate Magazine is asking readers how they would improve the ceremony.
The backdrop of the stage with the Oscar Award is seen onstage during the 84th Academy Awards announcement held at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Jan. 24, 2012, in L.A. Does the show always happen the way you'd like it to? Slate Magazine is asking readers how they would improve the ceremony.
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Michigan and Arizona will have their presidential primaries one week from today. Scott Helman coauthored the new book, "The Real Romney." We'll get his thoughts on the GOP race. You know character actor James Cromwell from "Babe," "Six Feet Under," and his latest work "The Artist." But did you know he once snuck Black Panther members into his parents' upscale Manhattan apartment? We'll talk with him about his career and political past. And Ann Powers joins the show with new music from the band Sleigh Bells and the activist rocker Sinead O'Connor.