The Madeleine Brand Show for July 27, 2012

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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