The Madeleine Brand Show for July 5, 2012

San Diego Fireworks Fail

San Diego fireworks show suffers from 'premature ignition'

Officials are blaming a "premature ignition" for an all-too-brief fireworks show over San Diego Bay last night. Minutes before the scheduled 20-minute show was supposed to start, all of the fireworks fired at once.
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Cranky Flier explains why airplane tickets are so hard to purchase

Say you want to buy an airline ticket. You can go to an airline site, or a travel site like Expedia. The process is usually frustrating, and in the end, you often have the feeling maybe you didn't get the best deal.
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt (C), Jamica

How technology will impact the 2012 Olympics

The 2012 Olympic games begin in London in about three weeks. Despite over 100 years of competition, each Olympic competition still brings great leaps forward in athletic achievement. Runners shave tenths of seconds off their sprints, marksmen become more accurate and javelin throwers throw even farther.
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John Moe explains the latest in the tech world

John Moe, host of the Marketplace Tech Report, joins the show to talk about the latest news in the tech world.
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Some of recent history's epic fails

So, the Big Bay Boom fireworks show was a big bang bust. Not just a failure, one could argue that the firework display qualifies as an epic fail, a special title reserved for something so botched, the failure itself becomes legendary. And of course, there are plenty of examples in this category. Here to help sort through some of the best of the worst is KPCC's Sanden Totten.
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Randy Sklar covers the latest highlights in sports

Randy and Jason Sklar, hosts of comedy and sports podcast "Sklarbro Country," and History Channel's new show, "United Stats of America," join the show to talk about the latest in the sports world.

Is high-speed rail losing support in California?

Will high-speed rail end up putting a bullet in Governor Jerry Brown's initiative to raise taxes? KPCC's Steve Proffitt explains why voters are souring on the idea.
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