Recently on The Madeleine Brand Show
Last November the Madeleine Brand Show interviewed a 26-year-old Iraqi man named Tariq who worked for two years as a translator for U.S. forces in Baghdad. When troops began drawing down, he lost his job and feared for his safety. After waiting for months and living in lock-down he finally received a special visa that would allow him to come to the United States. Author Karen Thompson Walker joins the show to talk about her new book, "The Age of Miracles," by . And we'll check in with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam of KPCC's Dinner Party about the rising popularity of the "drunkphone", the 50th anniversary of Andy Warhol's Los Angeles gallery debut, and more
The results of Penn State's internal investigation into the Sandusky scandal, led by former FBI director Louis Freeh was released today. The report found that Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and other university leaders "repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky’s child abuse" from authorities. And in the US, there are four cities with at least 2 million residents, New York, Chicago, Houston and Los Angeles. Could Los Angeles be the safest one? And Bunker Hill is one of the most well known neighborhoods in Los Angeles. The unusual architecture made it perfect for the crime noir film genre, but most of that allure has been lost, until now. And we'll find out all the tech news of the day with John Moe of the Marketplace Tech Report and sports with Randy and Jason Sklar, hosts of the Sklarboro Country podcast
KPCC'S Josie Huang checks in with first-time Olympic hopeful Kyla Ross, whose parents say she was a natural-born athlete. Then, Ann Killion tells us about how some less-popular Olympic athletes are getting creative to make ends meet. Plus, Mitt Romney appears at the NAACP convention and vows to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which the crowd doesn't seem to agree with. San Bernardino becomes the third CA city to file for bankruptcy. And, Luke Burbank is back with the awesome and not awesome news of the week.
There are 1.5 million tons of debris still floating in waters off Japan, more than a year after the devastating tsunami. We talk to a man who's trying to track it all down, from motorcycles to detached roofs of houses. The Democrat in the Senate race in Nevada is now in trouble, which could be the tipping point for Republicans to take control of the Senate. And, using crowdsourcing to fund science projects? We find out why scientists are turning to kickstarter-like websites to combat budget cuts. A refresher on netiquette, or, why not to CC your office colleagues. Gay dad Dan Bucatinsky discusses his new book, "Does this Baby Make Me Look Straight?" And Drew Tewksbury reviews the new Dirty Projectors album.
As President Obama pushes to extend tax cuts for the middle class, we breakdown the Bush-era tax cuts and analyze how they've affected the economy. Then, can you trust Yelp and Google to help you find a new waffle iron or doctor? We take a look at the state of online reviews. KPCC's Mae Ryan takes us inside the life of Olympian Brenda Villa. And details on California's new car seat ruling. USC law professor Tom Lyon tells parents about the new consequences parents may face for allowing children to travel without a car seat. Finally, skateboard star turned pastor Christian Hosoi joins the show to discuss his new book, "Hosoi: My Life as a Skateboarder Junkie Inmate Pastor."
With only 80,000 jobs created last month and unemployment still above 8 percent - how do the candidates' plans to grow the economy stack up? Chris Frates of National Journal joins the show with analysis. And Robert Smith of NPR's Planet Money breaks down why the LIBOR (London Interbank Overnight Rate) should matter to you. Plus, a new documentary chronicles the overlooked history of black surfers. Madeleine speaks with historian Alison Jefferson. The world of social media has opened up a host of pitfalls for medical practitioners - how doctors can avoid Facebook foibles? And author Don Winslow discusses his new book, "The Kings of Cool."