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The Madeleine Brand Show for August 17, 2012

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Army suicide rate breaks record in July

The Army reported a record number of soldier suicides last month. Thirty-eight soldiers are suspected of killing themselves in July — more than one service member a day.
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Father of Navy suicide victim tells son's story

Don Lipstein lost his son, a Navy veteran, to suicide last year. He says no one's to blame, but everyone could have done more to prevent his death.
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Young painkiller addicts switch to heroin; overdose rates rise

As the street price of powerful pain pills like Oxycontin has soared, many teens and young adults are turning to another narcotic to get a cheap high, heroin.
Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney Announces Rep. Paul Ryan As His Vice Presidential Pick

How do political parties create platforms?

A week from Monday, Republicans will gather in Tampa, Florida for their party convention. Their first order of business? Voting on the party's official platform. It's a formal statement of the party's basic principles. Hundreds of people have spent months creating the document and the sad truth is that few, if any, will actually read it. Madeleine talks to KPCC's A Martinez about the history of the platform and what goes into writing it.

Pussy Riot sentenced to two years in Russian prison

Today, members of the the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, were sentenced to two years in prison for hooliganism.

The Dinner Party: Who's your daddy?

Madeleine gets the topics for your next party with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam, the hosts of KPCC's Dinner Party. On tap this week, the Darwinian explanation for popularity of blonde hair, what exactly is the "Who's Your Daddy Truck," and a very old lunar hoax.

Weekend Alibi: Tarzan turns 100, Gyoza and Beer

Meghan McCarty brings you the Weekend Alibi, a roundup of the best entertainments in Southern California ... so if anyone asks you on Monday morning where you were over the weekend, you'll have something good to tell them.

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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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