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The Madeleine Brand Show for July 31, 2012




Indian women and children wait inside a darkened train carriage at a railway station in New Delhi on July 31, 2012. A massive power failure hit India for the second day running as three regional power grids collapsed, blacking out more than half the country in a crisis affecting over 600 million people.
Indian women and children wait inside a darkened train carriage at a railway station in New Delhi on July 31, 2012. A massive power failure hit India for the second day running as three regional power grids collapsed, blacking out more than half the country in a crisis affecting over 600 million people.
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Today, India faces one of the world's biggest power blackouts. We talk with author Maggie Koerth-Baker about what the U.S. can learn from their infrastructure problem. Then, a look at the man who could be the Democratic party's next superstar: San Antonio mayor Julian Castro. Plus, we bring you the latest female attire controversy in the Olympics, and an unusual sport played in L.A. called Eskrima. Reporter Jed Kim goes to try it out for himself. Comedian Teresa Strasser ponders whether having a baby is easier the second time around for Parenting on the Edge, and writer Jonathan Lethem listens to Talking Heads.