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The Madeleine Brand Show is a daily, two-hour program that looks at news and culture through the lens of Southern California. Hosted by Madeleine Brand

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The Madeleine Brand Show for July 17, 2012

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Fixing the Future

Fixing the economy and fixing our future

Unemployment is still high, foreclosure filings have increased, and by all accounts, there is still a long time for the economy to see a full recovery. But what exactly would it take to fix the economy? Tax breaks, tax cuts and economic stimulus? More jobs, less debt and increased home values? Ideas mostly originate from the same two places, Washington and Wall Street, but what if solutions for job creation came from 'Mom and Pop' businesses on Main Street? That's the question reporter David Brancaccio set out to answer in his new documentary, "Fixing the Future"
Google Previews New Search Technology

Marissa Mayer prepares for Yahoo and motherhood

Marissa Mayer, now one of Silicon Valley's most powerful female executives, starts her new job today as CEO of Yahoo. Marissa Mayer was employee #20 at Google, and a top executive there. Now, she's among the few women to break the glass ceiling in the male-dominated tech sphere, joining the ranks of Cheryl Sandburg of Facebook and Meg Whitman of Hewlett Packard. Mayer is now also the first CEO of a Fortune 500 company to be pregnant.

LA City Attorney sues US Bank over deteriorating foreclosed homes

The LA City Attorney's Office filed a lawsuit against US Bank, alleging that the bank illegally allowed foreclosed homes to deteriorate into slums and "public nuisances". The Los Angeles Times says problems were found with US Bank's handling of 1,500 foreclosures, which included some 150 homes that have fallen into disrepair. The city is seeking an injunction, financial penalties and restitution from the company.
Michael Gould of Whisper Landscape Maintenance poses with his leaf blower.

In SoCal, hope for safer, quieter leaf blowing

Leaf blowers are loud, obnoxious and they spew dangerous emissions. But inventive entrepreneurs are developing technologies they hope will help.

White abalone faces extinction

White abalone are large sea snails that used to be found in large numbers in rocky reefs and kelp forests along the Southern California coast. A recent study from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says white abalone could soon be extinct.
The Very Best

New Music Tuesday: Frank Ocean and The Very Best

NPR music critic Ann Powers is back with new music from Frank Ocean and The Very Best.

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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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