The Madeleine Brand Show for August 3, 2012

Job numbers jump in July

A new Labor Department report shows the nation created more than 160,000 jobs in July - a big jump from previous months, and more than economists expected.
ALH84001: The Mars rock
The Curiosity rover is set to land this Sunday. It hopes to answer some of the questions posed by a mysterious meteorite from Mars that was discovered here on Earth.
The Avengers movie poster

Hollywood's summer box office earnings

In Hollywood, the summer has brought a few blockbusters, and more than a few stinkers. Studio revenues, and profits are generally lower than a year ago.
Great Britain's coach Hope Powell (R) ce
Is this the year that women’s soccer will finally get on the radar in England? KPCC's A Martinez joins Madeleine Brand in studio with more.
Green algae moves towards a beach in Qin
Brendan Francis Newnam and Rico Gagliano join the show for their weekly segment, "The Dinner Party."

The Voice of 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

There's now an audiobook for the best-selling adult lit novel "Fifty Shades of Grey." It's read by a veteran of Young Adult audio books, Becca Battoe.
Carne asada taco from Guerrero Bros.

Weekend Alibi: Karate, folk music and tacos!

Meghan McCarty brings you the Weekend Alibi, a roundup of the best entertainments around Southern California so when people ask what you did over the weekend, you won't have to answer that you spent all Saturday night watching Law and Order reruns.
Find an archived Episode: