The Madeleine Brand Show for May 21, 2012

marijuana
Yesterday, four tons of marijuana were found bobbing in the waters off the coast of Orange County.
Honduras Cocaine

DEA raid in Honduras draws controversy

Recently, a squad of Drug Enforcement Administration agents joined forces with law enforcement officials in Honduras to battle cocaine smugglers in the jungles of that Central American country. On May 11, during an early morning anti-drug operation, four people, including a 14-year-old boy, were killed. New York Times reporter Damien Cave joins the show to talk about the controversy.
Nepalese mountaineer Apa Sherpa
Over the weekend, three mountain climbers died and two others remain missing after attempting to descend from the summit of Mount Everest. The deaths have caused many to question why so many are allowed to attempt to climb the world's tallest peak. Madeleine talks to mountaineer Ed Viesturs about the issues surrounding Everest.
Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival underway

The Cannes film festival kicked off last Wednesday and continues this week. LA Weekly film critic, Karina Longworth joins the show to talk about which films look poised to be crossover hits like last year's "The Artist."
German Shepherd dogs cut into the shape of nimble birds, men with squid and moose heads – welcome to the world of artist Lou Beach. Now, the collagist and long-time illustrator transfers his surrealist imagery into literature. Beach's first published fiction, "420 Characters," presents a series of personal Facebook status updates, pithy shorts that follow fantastical plot lines and quirky characters.

Meet Steven Kutcher, Hollywood's bug wrangler

Steven Kutcher is known for wrangling bugs to behave for Hollywood. But work has slowed down, which gives him time to focus on his other passion – using bugs as living paintbrushes.

Are your cats making you crazy?

Kathleen McAuliffe joins the show to discuss her forthcoming article, "How your cat is making you crazy," which appears in the March issue of the Atlantic.
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