The Madeleine Brand Show for August 13, 2012

House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan Introduces His FY2013 Budget

How Paul Ryan came to power in Wisconsin

Over the weekend Mitt Romney announced Paul Ryan as his running mate, ramping up the Presidential race. The choice of Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan as a running mate has delighted both the conservative base of the Republican party and Democrats, who paint him as a radical extremist.
Ayn Rand's bestselling novel Fountainhead

Ryan is often associated with controversial author Ayn Rand

Paul Ryan has said he was inspired to go into politics after reading Rand's two bestselling novels, Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.
Beach Volleyball

California wins big at the Olympics

The 2012 Olympics are over, but the state of California is still aglow from its gold medal wins. How did California stack up with other states? Well, let's just say - its athletes made a lot of trips to the podium.

Battle for 'Painter of Light's' estate heads to court

Famous painter Thomas Kinkade died earlier this year after an accidental overdose of valium and alcohol. Now, his girlfriend and estranged wife of 30 years are battling over his estate. San Jose Mercury News reporter Julia Prodis Sulek joins the show to discuss today's court hearing.

The Long Walk: Brian Castner's story of life after war

Author Brian Castner starts out his new book, "The Long Walk," with a simple confession:
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