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The Madeleine Brand Show for August 1, 2012




A racer prepares to take to the track at the starting line of the Midnight Drag Race in the 2nd Street tunnel on Saturday night.
A racer prepares to take to the track at the starting line of the Midnight Drag Race in the 2nd Street tunnel on Saturday night.
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Shutting down the streets of downtown LA for midnight drag racing ... on bikes. David Kipen is here to remember the life of Gore Vidal, of the last great intellectuals in the public eye. New polls show President Obama leading in three battleground states: Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida. We'll find out what this means for Mitt Romney's campaign. Why did India suffer the worst blackout in history? We'll find out if there's hope for the country's electrical future. KPCC's Sanden Totten waxes poetic about Mars and our fascination with the Red Planet. And Luke Burbank is back with the awesome and not awesome news of the week.