The Madeleine Brand Show for February 29, 2012

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Snowe and Dreier will not seek re-election, Romney wins in Michigan

Rep. David Dreier and Sen. Olympia Snowe, both Republicans, announced they will not seeking re-election. Mitt Romney wins a close one in Michigan.
"The Scream" by Edvard Munch

Comedy writer Peter Mehlman explains why $80 million for "The Scream" isn't the deal it seems

Former "Seinfeld" writer and consumer advocate Peter Mehlman joins the show to talk about the upcoming Sotheby's auction of Edvard Munch's "The Scream." The painting is expected to be sold for more than $80 million, but Mehlman explains why this may not be the deal it appears to be ...
The Baghdad Country Club by Josh Bearman

The story of Iraq's Baghdad Country Club

Josh Bearman tells the story of the Baghdad Country Club, a place where people could relax with a beer during the bloodiest years of the Iraq insurgency.
Abu Dhabi Media Summit

James Murdoch resigns amid News Corp. scandal

The hacking and bribery scandal plaguing Rupert Murdoch's publishing empire has claimed its most high profile name yet. James Murdoch, Rupert's youngest son, resigned today as the executive chairman of the company's newspaper division.
Summer Solstice Marked In Times Square With Mass Yoga Session

Luke Burbank takes a look at the weekly awesome and not awesome news of the week

Luke Burbank, host of the podcast Too Beautiful to Live, brings us his weekly assesment of the week’s awesome and not awesome news. This week, Wyoming nearly passes doomsday legislation to prepare for the zombie apocalypse, a professional yoga organization pushes to turn the practice into an olympic sport and we give an update on the ridiculously smug Park Slope food co-op vote over boycotting Israeli products.
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