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 31, 2012

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Millions of people without power in India

In India, 620-million people are without power after three regional power grids collapsed, creating one of the world's biggest-ever blackouts. The blackout has raised concerns about the country's outdated electric system and its inability to meet the huge energy demand.
Female Saudi Judo athlete Wodjan Ali Ser

Female Saudi Arabian judo fighter has a showdown with the IOC

Olympic officials have relented, and will allow a Saudi woman to to be part of the Judo competition while wearing a traditional hijab. It's the latest controversy involving women, and what they wear as athletes.
President Obama Addresses The Nation During State Of The Union Address

Julian Castro to give keynote at Democratic convention

Texas Tribune reporter Julian Aguilar joins the show to discuss the Democratic party's decision to select San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro as the keynote speaker for the Democratic National Convention.
Combatants pair off during an eskrima sparring match in Los Feliz

Fight on! Eskrima in Los Angeles

As the Olympic games take place in London, reporter Jed Kim takes us inside the world of the unusual and not-so-well known sport of the Filipino martial art of Eskrima.
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Comedia Teresa Strasser talks about getting through her second pregnancy, and the differences from her first.

Jonathan Lethem talks about his 'Fear of Music'

Jonathan Lethem joins the show to discuss his new book "Fear of Music," about his personal love affair with the Talking Heads album of the same name.

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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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