The Madeleine Brand Show for June 26, 2012

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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