The Madeleine Brand Show is a daily, two-hour program that looks at news and culture through the lens of Southern California.
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The Madeleine Brand Show for January 20, 2012

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A showdown in South Carolina - We speak with Brad Wharter, former editorial page editor at The State newspaper, about the upcoming primary and news from the latest GOP debate. Then we examine the power of the super PAC - law professor Rick Hasen is on to explain and break down how California handles campaign financing. Then, singing great Etta James has died at age 73. KPCC reporter Steven Cuevas remembers her life and music. Environmentalists clash over the construction of a solar geothermal plant that's disturbing desert tortoises, Judy Muller has that story. We talk to the director of the Mexican drama "Miss Bala." The film follows a beauty pageant queen as she gets sucked in the drug wars. And the Dinner Party guys are on with bizarre news stories that are sure to be perfect conversation starters.