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The Madeleine Brand Show for June 26, 2012

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Chronicling the history of Mexico's PRI political party

Sunday in Mexico, voters will choose their next president, and he could be a lot like the old presidents. Enrique Peña Nieto has a double-digit lead over his rivals. He's a member of the PRI party, which ruled Mexico for 70 years before being thrown out 12 years ago. At the time, that outster was seen as a victory for democracy because the PRI's power and corruption went unchecked for decades.
Mexico Elections

Mexican student movement 'Yo Soy Ciento Treinta y Dos' unhappy with PRI

On July first, Mexico will elect a new president. Felipe Calderon's term is ending and the leading candidate is Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party or PRI. The PRI has been out of power for the last 12 years, but it ruled Mexico before that for 70 years. Some aren't happy about the resurgence, including a student movement dubbed “Yo Soy Ciento Treinta y Dos” or “I am 132.”
Colorado's High Park Fire Burns 37,000 Acres, Forces Evacuations

Wildfires burn through Colorado and the West

Record temperatures and dry conditions are creating a dangerous mix for wildfires in the Rocky Mountain region. Colorado, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming are under red-flag warnings and the weather forecast isn't letting up. The largest of the fires is burning in Colorado which saw a record 105 degree temperature yesterday. That has residents — and tourism officials — worried. Long after the fires are contained, the damage to homes and the state's economy could be long lasting.
President Obama Holds Twitter Town Hall Meeting

Obama and Romney campaigns battle over social media turf

In the tight race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, social media is more important than ever, and both President Obama and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney are ramping up their game. So who's winning the social media wars, and how much will it really matter on Election Day? KPCC's Josie Huang is here with more.

'Grammar Girl' Mignon Fogarty provides a refresher course over summer vacation

It’s time for another installment in our regular series of conversations with Grammar Girl. Yes, she's a super hero of spelling, punctuation and all things grammar and she's back to give us a little refresher course on all those important grammar lessons we learned long ago, and then forgot over summer vacation.

Joel Stein seeks masculinity in 'Man Made'

Writer Joel Stein is trying to man up. He spent a year trying out things like firefighting for 24 hours, enduring the U.S. Army's boot camp for three days, stepping into a UFC ring with Randy Couture, and day-trading with $100,000. He's chronicled all this in a new book, “Man Made,” and he joins Madeleine to tell her about his quest to become a more manly man.

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The Madeleine Brand Show for August 17, 2012

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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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