The Madeleine Brand Show for July 3, 2012

'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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