The Madeleine Brand Show

The Madeleine Brand Show is a daily, two-hour program that looks at news and culture through the lens of Southern California. Hosted by Madeleine Brand

The Madeleine Brand Show for

The Madeleine Brand Show for April 30, 2012

Segments From This Episode

Chinese paramilitary guards march from t

Blind Chinese dissident escapes custody

As China and the US enter diplomatic talks this week, they face a potential bump in the road: a blind Chinese dissident named Chen Guangcheng has escaped house arrest and is said to be in US custody.
Mercer 1708

Are veterans getting overcharged for their education?

Half a million veterans have used the G.I. Bill in the last decade to go to college. Now, the Obama administration is cracking down on what it sees as manipulation of veterans by for-profit universities.
Micheltorena Elementary School

Public school parents upset about Prop 39 colocation rules

Just when it seemed like overcrowding in L.A. classrooms was a thing of the past, now there's a growing number of schools fighting for the classrooms themselves.
Angry Birds

The physicist behind the hit game Angry Birds

Meet Erin Catto. He lives in Irvine. He’s a father of two, a video game fan and a Cornell graduate who holds a PhD in theoretical and applied mechanics. He is also responsible for the physics of one of the popular mobile games in history.
Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game One

LA Clippers win historic comeback game

Sports writer Kevin Arnovitz describes how the LA Clippers launched one of the greatest comebacks in NBA history.
John Edwards Trial Begins In North Carolina

Wife of Edwards' staffer takes the stand in former presidential candidate's trial

The John Edwards trial continues in North Carolina this week. Today, the wife of Edwards' former staffer Andrew Young is on the stand to testify about the extreme lengths to which her husband went to hide Edwards' affair with his mistress, Rielle Hunter.

From medieval times to the modern kitchen: a history of the cookbook

Cookbook author Anne Willan has published a new book, "The Cookbook Library: Four Centuries of the Cooks, Writers, and Recipes That Made the Modern Cookbook," which traces the history of the printed cookbook.

Recent Episodes from The Madeleine Brand Show

The Madeleine Brand Show for August 17, 2012

Army suicides hit a record high in July. A former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army talks about why the suicide rate is increasing now. We also have the second part of our story on the rise of heroin abuse in California. Pussy Riot, the punk rock girl band, has been sentenced to two years in prison for staging a protest in a famous Russian Orthodox Church. And if you're looking for something to do this weekend, Meghan McCarty has you covered with her Weekend Alibi. She'll tell you where to go to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication of the first Tarzan story published by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Finally, Madeleine has some news for listeners about some changes to the show.

The Madeleine Brand Show for August 16, 2012

Korean pop music, better known to fans as K-POP, is hugely popular throughout Asia, but finding success in the U.S has been much harder. That was before the single "Gangnam Style" from singer PSY hit the web. The Medicare debate heats up Presidential race. Mitt Romney's choice of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate has put the Medicare debate front and center. The trial for an Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting has been delayed because of his objection to being forcibly shaved. John Moe is back for his update on tech news. The perils of picking the perfect Vice President, in the era of post-Sarah Palin. And the Sklar brothers are back with the latest highlights in sports.

The Madeleine Brand Show for August 15, 2012

Every year in Hiroshima, organizers conduct a ceremony that looks back on the end of WWII. Roland Kelts tells us how, even 67 years later, the city is still coping. In choosing congressman Paul Ryan as the GOP Vice President pick, many think that Mitt Romney is on track to lose the Latino vote. All over Los Angeles, high school football players are already struggling with team practices and college recruiters have been playing very close attention, hoping to find the next college superstar. California Watch reports that heroin abuse is on the rise in California. And we'll talk to Luke Burbank, the host of the "Too Beautiful to Live" podcast about banning kids from bars, Insane Clown Posse's fight with the FBI and the Scrabble cheat that was recently uncovered.

The Madeleine Brand Show for August 14, 2012

A Martinez sits in for Madeleine today. Students head back to school in Los Angeles, KPCC's education reporter Vanessa Romo gives us an update on Miramonte Elementary, embroiled last year in a sexual abuse scandal. At Miramonte, there's a new principal, and a majority of the former teachers are returning. Then, we look at older students in California, and why 'CA's Master Plan for Education' is no longer the envy of the nation. Plus, it's New Music Tuesday, Ann Powers reviews two young acts re-interpretation of older, classic sounds. And, the deadliest day on K2, "Buried In the Sky" uncovers how two men survived the 'savage mountain.'

Browse the The Madeleine Brand Show Archives

    Enjoy The Madeleine Brand Show? Try KPCC’s other programs.