The Madeleine Brand Show for July 10, 2012

There are 1.5 million tons of tsunami debris being carried by currents from Japan. One man who has taken on the challenge of tracking the debris is Marcus Erikson, a researcher at the Algalita Marine Research Institute in Long Beach.
Nevada Congresswoman Holds "Congress On The Corner" Event
The fight for control of the U.S. Senate may have gotten a little easier for Republicans. The Nevada seat was considered a toss-up in the November election. Or was considered a toss-up, until yesterday, when the House Ethics Committee announced an investigative panel to determine if Democratic candidate Shelley Berkley had used her political influence to help her family's business. Joining us for the political fallout of this investigation is Jon Ralston, columnist for the Las Vegas Sun columnist.

Scientists turn to crowd-sourcing for funding

For years, educators and politicians have encouraged students to go into the sciences where young talent is supposedly in high demand. But recently, science and technology graduates are finding themselves in the same boat as many other Americans, they're unable to find work. However, new opportunities are arising for scientists to fund their own research through crowd-sourcing services similar to Kickstarter.
Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship - Final Round
For help navigating the world of "netiquette," Madeleine talks to Alexandra Samuel, who blogs about social media for the Harvard Business Review and on her own site, AlexandraSamuel.com
Writer and producer Dan Bucatinsky joins the show to talk about his new book, the funny and heartfelt, “Does this baby make me look straight? Confessions of a Gay Dad.” In it, Bucatinsky describes his adventures in parenting his two adopted children with his partner, screenwriter Don Roos.
Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2010 - Day 2
Music critic Drew Tewksbury is back for another installment of New Music Tuesday. This week, he reviews the album "Swing Lo Magellan" from Dirty Projectors.
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