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The Madeleine Brand Show for June 18, 2012




This July 20, 1993 file photo shows Rodney King speaking during an appearance on KFI-AM radio's
This July 20, 1993 file photo shows Rodney King speaking during an appearance on KFI-AM radio's "Bill Handel and Mark Whitlock" show in Los Angeles. King, the black motorist whose 1991 videotaped beating by Los Angeles police officers was the touchstone for one of the most destructive race riots in the nation's history, has died, his publicist said Sunday, June 17, 2012. He was 47.
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Today, we remember Rodney King who passed away this weekend. And millions of young Americans who took out Federal student loans may see their payments go up if legislation continues to stall in Congress. Now many are seeking private loans. Also, we take a look at the Washington penchant for using political acronyms for significant legislation and KPCC's Vanessa Romo reports on the overlooked college guidance counselor. Finally, we talk to comedian Michael Ian Black, a liberal atheist, and conservative political writer Meghan McCain about their hilarious new book.