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The Madeleine Brand Show for August 2, 2012

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Markets React To Results Of Fed Policy Meeting

Computers take stock market on a wild ride

Investors suffered through a bit of déjà vu yesterday, as a computer glitch affected the routing of shares of around 150 stocks, causing big swings in some share prices.
Olympics 2012

Preventing an Olympic contagion outbreak

Health officials have taken extraordinary measures to monitor travelers making their way to and from the Games. Their focus sounds like something closer to a movie thriller than a public health concern. Officials are hoping to prevent the outbreak of a contagion, that visitors could contract at the Olympics, that may spread across the globe.

Craigslist faces off against small-time programmers

Craigslist is used by millions a day, but it can be a chore to go through piles of listings to find the best deals. Small-time programmers have built free applications to make it easier to navigate Craigslist. But Craigslist isn't having it. In fact, Craigslist has sent numerous cease-and-desist letters to programmers.
US swimmer Michael Phelps speaks at a pr

Olympics round-up with A Martinez

Lots of action coming up in the Olympics today. The US men's basketball team goes up against Nigeria. So far, the U.S. team has been blowing out the competition. And in tennis, players move into the quarter final round of the singles competition.

Engineer Gordon Henderson's walk gone awry

Engineer Gordon Henderson expected a pleasant early morning walk, but ended up face to face with a predator.

The literature and pop culture of Mars

Our planetary next door neighbor, Mars, has inspired musicians, filmmakers, writers and even animators to muse about what life would be like there.
John Moe, host of the Marketplace Tech Report, joins the show to talk about the latest news in the tech world.

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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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