Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio, Texas, will become the first Latino keynote speaker in Democratic convention history Tuesday; Why are reporters so down on this election cycle, and does this affect their coverage?; And law enforcement agencies are cautious as state prison officials release thousands of inmates to local probation departments; Even though the Oscars are months away, there is talk of possible contenders. There are new movies from Ben Affleck, the Wachowskis and Paul Thomas Anderson, and they're all showing at the Toronto Film Festival, which starts this Thursday.
Today, a new study from Stanford University questions the health benefits of eating organic food; Mayor Villaraigosa begins his role as DNC chairman, we'll take a look at his political future; According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, outstanding student loan debt now exceeds $1 trillion dollars; The box-office tracker Hollywood.com says 2012 attendance bottomed out to its lowest level in at least 20 years; Then, we talk with the author of "The Distance Between Us," a riveting first-person memoir that chronicles a family's journey from Mexico to Los Angeles in the eighties.
On the final day of the Republican convention, Mitt Romney accepted his party's nomination, but he may have been upstaged by a chair and Clint Eastwood; Roberto Gonzalez Barrera, the titan of the tortilla industry, died last week. A Martinez talks to Gustavo Arellano about Guerrero's influence on the American palate; Reporter Josie Huang takes a look at the heritage, culture and agricultural traditions of the hatch chile; A Martinez talks with Marketplace's Paddy Hirsch about the economic summit in Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Then, The Dinner Party guys talk about chic paper bags, Uncle Sam's birthday and Ray Bradbury; Finally, the British hit "Dr. Who" is making a big splash in the U.S.
Today on Brand & Martinez, Madeleine talks with Jodi Kantor, reporter with the New York Times, about how both Obama and Romney are perceived by the public; President Obama nearly disables Reddit after announcing that he would answer questions from users; How Millennials view the world -- MB looks at the millennial age group, and their views on work, school and society (and reads a poem on the subject); Madeleine talks sports with Randy and Jason Sklar.
Today, we begin by checking in with Chancellor Jack Scott on the state of California Community Colleges; Ed Leibowitz of L.A. Magazine joins the show to talk about his profile on LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy; We learn more about the unfolding public health crisis in Yosemite after two people have died from hantavirus; Meet one wheelchair-bound Paralympic competitor who hopes to spear gold in fencing; David Kipen joins the show to talk about the literature of political conventions; Then, we talk about President Obama's new standards for fuel efficiency and Luke Burbank is back with Awesome/ Not Awesome.
The California State Legislature is winding up its session with a flurry of activity on immigration and pensions. We'll find out what's in store for the state. And Andrea Seabrook is a familiar voice to NPR listeners. She covered Congress for more than a decade. But earlier this summer she left NPR to start a new venture. She calls it Decode DC, and she hopes her new blog and podcast will let her step away from the daily political theater that makes up most of what's covered as news, so she can focus on what Congress actually does, or doesn't do. And we'll talk with music critic Brad Wette, for our New Music Tuesday segment.