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The Madeleine Brand Show for July 4, 2012




Fireworks explode behind the U.S. flag.
Fireworks explode behind the U.S. flag.
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On our Independence Day program, we reprise some stories appropriate for the holiday. Writer Jack Hitt joins Madeleine to talk about his new book, "Bunch of Amateurs." Hitt profiles a number of tinkerers, improvisors and do-it-yourselfers, and finds out that amateurism is a key ingredient in the American character. And, imagine never being able to forget everything. That’s the case for actress Marilu Henner. She can vividly recall virtually everything that’s ever happened to her in excruciating detail, and tells Madeleine what that’s like. Planning on celebrating with a nice bottle of wine on this holiday? Beware. Wine fraud is on the rise, and we hear about a spectacular case of a California man accused of selling millions and millions of dollars worth of counterfeit vino. And, anything that can go wrong, will. KPCC's Steve Proffitt shares some adages, principals and old saws. They’re known as eponymous laws, since they usually bear the name of the person who coined them. Rules to live by, or at least laugh at.