The Madeleine Brand Show for June 19, 2012

Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Constitutionality Of Health Care Law

Supreme Court's health-care ruling could cost California

Within the next two weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue its ruling on President Obama's health care overhaul. Here in California, new state laws based on federal health reform have already been passed, and they could be at risk.
Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Constitutionality Of Health Care Law

Ezra Klein on why Republicans oppose the individual mandate

When the Supreme Court issues their ruling on the Affordable Care Act, the court could strike down just one provision, the individual mandate, the requirement that everyone buy insurance. Republicans oppose the mandate, saying it's unconstitutional to force people to buy a product. But Democrats originally put it in the bill to make it more attractive to Republicans. Ezra Klein explains why Republicans have turned against the idea.

The great wine caper uncorked

One SoCal wine dealer is accused of one of the world's biggest wine scams ever.

Suzanne Weber asks, what if babies could talk?

Suzanne Weber envisions what babies and toddlers could say to their parents in "To What Miserable Wretches Have I Been Born?: Revenge Poetry for Babies & Toddlers." From attachment parenting to a baby's first trip to the doctor's office, it's a no-holds-barred look at what your baby actually thinks of parenting.
Napolitano Presides Over Naturalization Ceremony In Washington
The study says Asians now surpass Hispanics in new immigrant arrivals, increasing by 10 percent as Hispanic immigration drops more than 30.

Engineer Gordon Henderson relaxes by the pool, but not without incident

It's that time of the year with backyards, barbecues and pool parties take over. That may sound like rest and relaxation, but for engineer Gordon Henderson, a pool party means war.
US singer Neneh Cherry performs during t
NPR's music critic Ann Powers joins the show to review new albums from two jazz musicians at home and abroad.
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