The Madeleine Brand Show

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The Madeleine Brand Show for July 27, 2012

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Caster Semenya

New policy requires some Olympians to submit to gender tests

This is part of KPCC’s "L.A. To London” series, which will be exploring local connections to the 2012 Summer Olympics. View the series and follow the series on Twitter at #latolondon.
The Los Angeles Racing Dragons practice rowing their dragon boat in Long Beach, Calif.

Weird sports: Dragon boat racing

This year's Olympics will feature exciting events like track and field and gymnastics, but they also have some of the less well-known: trampoline, badminton, and pistol shooting.
Sheriff Lee Baca and Men's Central

LA County Sheriff, chief deputy grilled by jail investigation panel

LA Sheriff Lee Baca and his controversial chief deputy are being grilled today by a panel investigating violence in the county jails.
Talk to me first

How to talk to your kids about sex

There's a reason that it's known as THE TALK. It's perhaps one of the most important conversations a parent can have with a child. It's also one of the most daunting. The sex talk strikes a deep fear in many moms and dads, but it doesn't have to be that way. That's what Deborah Roffman argues in her new called "Talk to Me First: Everything You Need to Know to Become Your Kids' "Go-To" Person about Sex."

Dinner Party: a museum of trash and the birth of Bugs Bunny

Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam of KPCC's Dinner Party join Alex Cohen to talk about the birthday of Bugs Bunny, Fifty Shades of Gray replaces the bible, and a museum of trash.

Magnum Opus Theatre offers bad screenplays a second act

What happens to all those great scripts that never make it to the screen? Nothing, usually. But for a few truly terrible scripts, there is a life after studio rejection... it's called Magnum Opus theater.
Grand Park

Weekend Alibi: Downtown!

Meghan McCarty brings you the Weekend Alibi - a roundup of the best entertainments in Southern California. This week, to commemorate the opening of Grand Park on Bunker Hill, try out a trio of downtown events.

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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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