The Madeleine Brand Show for August 1, 2012

Midnight Drag Race

Bicycle drag racers take over downtown LA

Los Angeles’ car culture and rage-inducing traffic jams tend to get a bad rap. But hundreds of diehard bicycle fans routinely challenge that image - sometimes in the middle of the night.
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India begins to restore power, though questions remain

For two days, more than 600 million Indians were without power due to the electric power system collapsing. New Dehli-based reporter Tinku Ray joins the show to talk about how people are coping.

New polls show Obama leading in key states

New polls released today show President Obama leading in three battleground states: Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida. President Obama took all three states in the 2008 election.
MOCA NEW 30th Anniversary Gala - Red Carpet

David Kipen remembers Gore Vidal

A titan of the American literary scene has died. Gore Vidal passed away at his Hollywood Hills home yesterday at the age of 86.
Planet Mars Makes A Close Approach To Earth

A short history of Mars... in rhyming verse

After centuries of watching Mars in the sky, humans have only just begun to understand the red planet. KPCC's Sanden Totten recaps what we know about it so far.
First Olympic Lanes Open In London

Lack of London traffic good for commuters, but bad for the cab business

Instead of the traffic snarl that Londoners expected, most lanes are flowing freely and traffic is down by 30 percent. It’s good news for commuters but bad for cabbies. Revenues are down and the tourists just aren’t showing up.
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Luke Burbank is back with the awesome and not awesome news of the week

Luke Burbank, host of the radio show and podcast "Too Beautiful to Live" brings us his wrap-up of the week’s awesome and not awesome news.
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