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The Madeleine Brand Show for July 10, 2012

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Tracking Japanese tsunami debris off the West Coast

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

Dem. Senate candidate Shelley Berkley under fire for ethics violation

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

Learning proper 'netiquette' with social media maven Alexandra Samuel

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,

Writer Dan Bucatinsky on his new book, 'Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?'

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

New Music Tuesday: Dirty Projectors' 'Swing Lo Magellan'

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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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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