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The Madeleine Brand Show for June 6, 2012

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The 12th Annual L.A. Times Festival Of Books - Day 1

Author Ray Bradbury leaves a literary legacy in his wake

Sci-Fi author Ray Bradbury has died. The author of "Fahrenheit 451," "The Martian Chronicles" and "Dandelion Wine" passed away at the age of 91.

Election results with Jack Pitney

We break down Tuesday's election results and look at the effect of money in the races with Jack Pitney. Pitney is a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College.
E3 Expo

E3 underway in LA amid turbulent times in the video game industry

The giant annual video game conference, E3 or Electronic Entertainment Expo, is underway at the Los Angeles Convention Center. KPCC's Sanden Totten brings us more about E3 and the gaming business.
Coachella Trash Series Part 3

Starting in 2013, mega-landfill in the desert will welcome trash by rail

L.A.’s main landfill is just about full, so the plan is--starting next year--our trash will be sent to a massive facility in the desert 230 miles away, by train. Is this an innovative way to handle waste or a wasteful use of tax dollars?
Mercer 2631

A UCLA study investigates if medical marijuana dispensaries impact crime

It's an oft-repeated assumption, marijuana dispensaries are a magnet for crime. Now, a new study out of UCLA has some surprising conclusions. The study's authors say their research may debunk a 2009 report by the California Police Chiefs Association that said marijuana dispensaries "have been tied to organized criminal gangs, foster large [marijuana growth] operations, and are often multi-million-dollar profit centers."
Stanley Cup Finals Devils Kings Hockey

Can the LA Kings turn tinseltown into Hockeytown?

Game Four of the NHL Finals between the LA Kings and New Jersey Devils is tonight at Staples Center. The Kings lead the series 3-to-0, and need just one more victory to bring home the Stanley Cup. Could a Kings title mean Angelenos will swap sandy beaches and Laker car flags for ice rinks and skates? KPCC's Corey Moore finds out.
Stanley Cup Finals Devils Kings Hockey

LA Kings wins means a mad dash for hockey merchandise

Excitement about the Kings is good for business, too. Buzzer Beater Sports, a sports merchandise store in Hermosa Beach, has seen their sales of Kings apparel increase by more than 10 times the usual amount, pretty much selling Kings jerseys, hats and shirts exclusively since their playoff run.
Photo Gallery Britain Queens Jubilee

Luke Burbank on the week's awesome and not awesome news

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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The Madeleine Brand Show for August 17, 2012

Army suicides hit a record high in July. A former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army talks about why the suicide rate is increasing now. We also have the second part of our story on the rise of heroin abuse in California. Pussy Riot, the punk rock girl band, has been sentenced to two years in prison for staging a protest in a famous Russian Orthodox Church. And if you're looking for something to do this weekend, Meghan McCarty has you covered with her Weekend Alibi. She'll tell you where to go to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication of the first Tarzan story published by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Finally, Madeleine has some news for listeners about some changes to the show.

The Madeleine Brand Show for August 16, 2012

Korean pop music, better known to fans as K-POP, is hugely popular throughout Asia, but finding success in the U.S has been much harder. That was before the single "Gangnam Style" from singer PSY hit the web. The Medicare debate heats up Presidential race. Mitt Romney's choice of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate has put the Medicare debate front and center. The trial for an Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting has been delayed because of his objection to being forcibly shaved. John Moe is back for his update on tech news. The perils of picking the perfect Vice President, in the era of post-Sarah Palin. And the Sklar brothers are back with the latest highlights in sports.

The Madeleine Brand Show for August 15, 2012

Every year in Hiroshima, organizers conduct a ceremony that looks back on the end of WWII. Roland Kelts tells us how, even 67 years later, the city is still coping. In choosing congressman Paul Ryan as the GOP Vice President pick, many think that Mitt Romney is on track to lose the Latino vote. All over Los Angeles, high school football players are already struggling with team practices and college recruiters have been playing very close attention, hoping to find the next college superstar. California Watch reports that heroin abuse is on the rise in California. And we'll talk to Luke Burbank, the host of the "Too Beautiful to Live" podcast about banning kids from bars, Insane Clown Posse's fight with the FBI and the Scrabble cheat that was recently uncovered.

The Madeleine Brand Show for August 14, 2012

A Martinez sits in for Madeleine today. Students head back to school in Los Angeles, KPCC's education reporter Vanessa Romo gives us an update on Miramonte Elementary, embroiled last year in a sexual abuse scandal. At Miramonte, there's a new principal, and a majority of the former teachers are returning. Then, we look at older students in California, and why 'CA's Master Plan for Education' is no longer the envy of the nation. Plus, it's New Music Tuesday, Ann Powers reviews two young acts re-interpretation of older, classic sounds. And, the deadliest day on K2, "Buried In the Sky" uncovers how two men survived the 'savage mountain.'

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