The Madeleine Brand Show for April 30, 2012

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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.
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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.
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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.
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