The Madeleine Brand Show for March 16, 2012

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NY Mets vs. Madoff goes to trial next week

Mets vs. Madoff - financial reporter Diana Henriques will join the show to talk about an upcoming trial in New York that will task the owners of the NY Mets with proving they had no knowledge of Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme.
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Why are economists such grumps?

Steve Proffitt notes that economists seem to find a way to turn any seemingly good economic news into something troubling, and offers some telling examples.

Budget cuts impacting foster care process

Jennifer London of KCET's SoCal Connected joins the show to discuss the future impact of the continued budget cuts on foster care.
Hunger Games 4

Will popularity of violent 'Hunger Games' surpass 'Twilight'?

Lions Gate hopes its movie will be the next big box-office franchise, but some say the movie's narrative is too dark.
Parking Lot
Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam, the hosts of podcast 'The Dinner Party Download' offer up some intriguing topics for your weekend dinner party.
The California Report

Students rise and shine for California's Academic Decathlon

Three teams from the Los Angeles School District are competing in the state Academic Decathlon, taking place in Sacramento today.
Coffin Cake made by Carol Caplan

Gordon Henderson and the coffin cake

Sound engineer Gordon Henderson reviews the newest trend to rock the amateur baking world and the children's party circuit: the coffin cake.
Dallas Seavey

2012 Iditarod winner youngest ever

Iditarod winner Dallas Seavey joins the show to discuss this year's race and his heritage as a third generation musher. Seavey is 25 years old and the youngest winner in race history.
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