The Madeleine Brand Show for July 31, 2012

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 The blackout has raised concerns about the country's outdated electric system and its inability to meet the huge energy demand.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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