The Madeleine Brand Show for July 23, 2012

The rise and fall of a 1960's extortion ring

Writer William McGowan joins the show to discuss his lengthy reporting piece for Slate about an extortion ring that preyed on prominent gay men during the 1960s.
John Nunn

Speedwalking all the way to the Olympics

Race walking may look funny, but it is no joke. Olympian race walker John Nunn walk tens of miles as fast as top runners, swiveling his hips, pumping his arms to maximize speed. Watch video of him teaching a reporter how to race walk.
NCAA Announces Corrective and Punitive Measures for Penn State

NCAA hits Penn State football hard with fine and sanctions

NPR correspondent Mike Pesca joins the show to discuss NCAA's penalty decision against Penn State following the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal.
Severe Drought Threatens Midwest Corn Crops

What the Midwest drought means for Californians

The Midwest may seem far removed from California, but the drought in the nation's middle will have a ripple effect that could impact that Golden State.
First Court Hearing Held For Alleged CO Movie Theater Shooter

Massacre suspect James Holmes in court

James Holmes, the 24 year old suspected of shooting movie goers in Colorado, appeared in court this morning. He had dyed orange hair and appeared somewhat dazed.
London Olympic 1948 Torch

A look back at the 1948 London 'Austerity' Olympics

In 1948, London played host to the Olympic games just three years after World War II had devastated Europe.
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