The Madeleine Brand Show for July 24, 2012

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.
An image of the book "Significant Objects" by Josh Glenn and Rob Walker

'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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