The Madeleine Brand Show for July 13, 2012

The Dinner Party: Debunking the legal claims made in Jay Z's '99 Problems'

BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend 2012 - Day 1

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Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam of KPCC's Dinner Party join Madeleine Brand to talk pop culture, Andy Warhol, and the dubious legal claims of one of rap's biggest stars.

First up, you've heard of a smart phone. How about a "drunk phone." In an interview with Advertising Age, Laura Krajecki, chief consumer officer at Starcom MediaVest Group, said that young adults out for a night of carousing are leaving their iPhones at home, and bringing to the bars their cheap, low-end phones they don't mind losing.

Also, 50 years ago this week -- the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles began showing pop artist Andy Warhol's set of 32 paintings of Campbell's soup cans. Believe it or not, they were selling for $100 a piece. Some of them now sell for millions.

And finally, don't base your criminal defense on a Jay-Z song. Caleb Mason, an associate professor of law at Southwestern Law School, wrote a 19-page law review article upending the legal logic of "99 Problems."

The Dinner Party airs on Sundays on KPCC at 3 p.m.


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