The Madeleine Brand Show

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The Madeleine Brand Show for July 3, 2012

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'As Texas Goes' analyzes the Lone Star State's political influence on America

In her latest book, “As Texas Goes: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda,” author Gail Collins looks at the political influence the state has had on American politics, Enron, No Child Left Behind, the S&L crisis and textbooks that question evolution.
Freedom Awards Ceremony - November 9, 2005

Television icon Andy Griffith dies at age 86

Actor, comedian and musician Andy Griffith, died today at age 86 at his home in North Carolina. Griffith starred in "The Andy Griffith Show," "Mayberry R.F.D." and the long-running "Matlock," and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush in 2005.
Supporters Of Mexico's PRI Party Await Election Results

Will Mexico's power shift impact the drug war?

Mexican voters have elected the governor of the state of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, as president. Peña Nieto is a member of the PRI party, which ruled Mexico for more than 70 years before losing the presidency in the year 2000. His biggest challenge in office will be stemming the drug violence that has taken the lives of 60 thousand Mexicans during the past six years.

What goes into an elephant's contact lens?

Getting contact lenses is usually a pretty simple process, you visit an eye doctor and get a prescription, but what if you are more than 10 feet tall, have cataracts and weigh around 12,000 pounds? Then you'd be C'sar, an African bull elephant at the North Carolina Zoo that may be getting fitted for contact lenses.
2011 Pre-GRAMMY Gala & Salute To Industry Icons Honoring David Geffen - Show

Ann Powers is back with two new albums

NPR's music critic Ann Powers joins the show to review two new albums from R&B singer R. Kelly and indie darling Jesca Hoop.

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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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