The Madeleine Brand Show

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 24, 2012

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California Levee System Vulnerable To Natural Disasters

California debates $23.7 billion water tunnel system

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday is expected to announce plans to build a pair of enormous tunnels to move water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta region.
The presidential campaigns seem to be steering clear of global warming. Energy and environment correspondent for National Journal Coral Davenport joins the show to tell us why.
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'Significant Objects' project gives trinkets a valuable backstory

Can a few words dramatically increase the economic value of a yard sale castaway? Joshua Glenn and Rob Walker invited people to write stories about unimportant trinkets and knick-knacks found in thrift stores for "Significant Objects," and to re-sell the objects on eBay.
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LA City Council could shut down all medical marijuana dispensaries

The Los Angeles City Council is considering a proposal today that would shut down all 800 medical marijuana dispensaries in L.A. Hundreds of activists on both sides of the issue are expected to descend on city hall to make their case.
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Weird LA: Hollywood's most sought after rocks

Not many staples of the silver screen can boast over 100 years in the film business. But one famous rock formation in Agua Dulce California has been working in the movies since 1905. It's been in hundreds of pictures, playing everything from a distant planet to a pre-historic town. Reporter Sanden Totten has more on this Hollywood legend.

Fighting cancer and raising kids: Parenting on the Edge

How do you talk to your kids about cancer? Diane Ronnau had to find out the hard way. She has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. It's in remission now. But learning how to raise children while struggling with her own illness was one of the biggest challenges of her life.

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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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