The Madeleine Brand Show for May 30, 2012

World's Largest Tyrannosaurus Rex Unveiled At The Dinosaur Expo 2005

Legal battle over Mongolian dino bones heats up

There's a legal battle brewing over a collection of ancient dinosaur bones. Last week the bones of a Tarbosaurus sold at an auction for more than $1 million. But they may have been sold illegally. Madeleine Brand talks to John Long, paleontologist and author of the book "The Dinosaur Dealers," about the black market for dinosaur bones.
Former President George W. Bush Hosts Economic Conference At Bush Center
Republican-affiliated super PACs and other fundraising groups plan to spend roughly $1 billion on November's elections for the White House and Congress, according to officials familiar with the group's internal operations. Politico's Craig Gordon joins the show to discuss the fundraising tactics of this year's election season.
The two Democrats were redistricted into the same San Fernando Valley district by a commission that was hoping to create a new Latino district. But the result is one of the hottest political races in the country.
Julian Assange Takes His Extradition Case To The Supreme Court
The high court in Britain ruled today that WikiLinks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden to face charges of rape and sexual molestation. Xeni Jardin, editor at, joins the show to discuss the past and future of WikiLeaks and Assange.

The high cost of being a Californian

Living in Southern California has a lot of pluses - culture, a plethora of outdoor activities and the weather. But it also has a big minus — the cost of living. And some believe that it's getting even more expensive. KPCC's Steve Proffitt and Josie Huang get to the bottom of it.

Tips from Grammar Girl

Summer vacation may be around the corner but we here at The Madeleine Brand Show believe that learning never stops. So we're kicking off a new series - a little refresher course to address all your most vexing grammar questions. Mignon Fogarty, aka Grammar Girl, joins the show to help.
Romney iPhone app
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.
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