The Madeleine Brand Show for May 16, 2012

Nike Introduces New Basketball And Training Technology
Sports Business Journal writer Bill King weighs in on how Manny 'Pac-Man' Pacquiao's alleged anti-gay comments may affect the value of his brand. The Grove shopping center in LA recently banned Pacquiao.
18th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - Cocktail Reception And Award Ceremony

Are athlete's attitudes about gays changing?

Currently, there are no openly gay athletes currently playing in the NFL, NBA or Major League Baseball. But L.Z. Granderson, senior writer at ESPN, says there's increasing support among professional athletes for gay rights.
The Trinity Broadcast Network, TBN, bills itself as the world's largest religious network. The network reported $93 million in tax-exempt donations in 2010, and has almost $1 billion in total assets. But now, the TBN empire is threatened from within by a granddaughter once in charge of the network's finances.
Mercer 20124
A task force created after the death of Kelly Thomas, a schizophrenic homeless man who was killed in a confrontation with police officers, is preparing to present a set of recommendations to the Fullerton City Council.

David Kipen remembers author Carlos Fuentes

David Kipen, book critic and founder of the Libros Schmibros library and used bookstore in Boyle Heights, discusses the legacy and influence of Carlos Fuentes, one of Mexico's greatest writers.
Luke Burbank, host of the podcast "Too Beautiful to Live," brings us his weekly wrap-up of the week’s awesome and not awesome news. Luke tackles emo bangs, human shields, and diet Slurpees.
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