The Madeleine Brand Show for May 9, 2012

Gay Marriage Amendment

North Carolina approves gay marriage ban

In North Carolina, voters on Tuesday approved a state constitutional amendment that banned gay marriage, with more than 60 percent of the vote coming in favor of the ban. Meanwhile, President Obama is facing pressure to take a stand, or at least clarify his administration's position on same-sex unions. The Atlantic's Molly Ball breaks down the politics behind gay marriage.
Newly released autopsy results show artist Thomas Kinkade died due to an accidental overdose of alcohol and valium. Madeleine Brand talks to San Jose Mercury News reporter Julia Prodis Sulek about the future of Kinkade's estate.
Do you remember what you wore to your prom? What about the shirt you had on last Tuesday? Chances are, you can recall the former, but not the latter. Actress Marilu Henner can remember both — and probably every outfit she's worn in-between.
A preliminary hearing continues in Orange County today for two Fullerton police officers charged in the beating death of Kelly Thomas, a 37-year-old mentally-ill homeless man. Thomas died last July, five days after being beaten by police. KPCC's Ed Joyce gives us an update on the hearing.
Gay To Straight
In California, the spotlight is on a controversial form of therapy aimed at turning gay people straight. California could become the first state to ban 'sexual orientation change therapy' for children under 18.
Mercer 10026
Luke Burbank, host of the podcast Too Beautiful to Live, joins the show to talk about the week's awesome and not awesome news.
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