The Madeleine Brand Show for April 20, 2012

Sheriff Lee Baca and Men's Central

Sheriff's Office investigates secret group in gang unit

Robert Faturechi of the L.A. Times joins the show to discuss the secret group within an elite gang unit that apparently rewarded its members for shooting suspects.
Mercer 9612

Raising interest rates on $1 trillion of student debt

Americans owe almost $1 trillion in student loans. Now many could face higher payments. Christine Lindstrom of the Public Interest Research Group joins the show to discuss the problem.

New book urges rethink of energy distribution

Maggie Koerth-Baker of the blog BoingBoing.net discusses her new book on how to confront the mounting energy crisis.
63rd Annual Writers Guild Awards - Arrivals

From famous playwright to Kindle Single star - Frank Gilroy goes digital

Decades after Frank Gilroy's last big hit, the award-winning play "The Subject was Roses," he's revisiting the subject with a new memoir that he's published as Kindle Single.
Erica Wu practices table tennis with an opponent

SoCal's 15-year-old ping pong master

An Arcadia teenager is striving for Olympic greatness in the sport of table tennis.
Peanutter, a Lilac Tourtie European Burm

Weekend Alibi: Fun with time and space

Meghan McCarty is back with your Weekend Alibi. This weekend, watch a fabulous pet show, shooting stars, or travel back in time with a new exhibit in Echo Park.
Two bicycles

Dinner Party Download: Bicycles, football, and Italian museums

Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam offer up some delectable discussion topics for your next dinner party.
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