KPCC's Alex Cohen sits in for Madeleine this week. It could fill an olympic-sized swimming pool in 10 seconds flat, but a controversial tunnel project that would bring much needed water to southern California could kill off fish populations in the north. And, during one of the driest summers ever, why aren't the candidates talking about climate change? The LA City council is set to vote on a ban on all 800 medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. And then, how a few words can dramatically increase the value of a $1.25 yard-sale castaway.
Today the NCAA levied stiff penalties against Penn State's football program in response to the child sex-abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. And James Holmes, the 24 year old suspected of killing 12 people and wounding many others had his first court appearance this morning. And the London Olympic games start in a week. There will be the pageantry of gymnastics, the photo-finishes of swimming. There will also be.... competitive walking - or race walking. And the last time the Olympics were hosted by London, it was 1948 and the games were called the Austerity Olympics. And when it comes to the history of gay rights - the Stonewall riot in 1969 in New York is well known. But a few years earlier, another event may have been just as influential.
Breaking coverage of the theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado. A shooter in a gas mask opened fire in a crowded movie theater at a midnight showing of the "Dark Knight Rises." 12 are dead and more then 30 are wounded. Radio reporter Megan Verlee paints the scene, live, outside of the alleged gunman's apartment. Josie Huang is live from the ArcLight Theater in Pasadena. She's talking with movie-goers, who are still seeing the film despite the news. And we examine the impact that this shooting will have on the theater security, the "Dark Knight Rises" and the Presidential campaigns.
Syria's civil war... what would the country look like post Assad? Closer to home... Democrats and some Republicans have been hammering Mitt Romney over his refusal to release more of his tax returns. Do Democrats hold themselves to the same standard? And a new exhibit at the Reagan Library examines the relationship between the Great Communicator and the Great Illustrator. Speaking of great communicators, the Sklar brothers are back. And if that's not enough for you, comedian Maria Bamford is in the studio.
David Wright from ABC News fills in for Madeleine this week. Tom Hanks is one of the most beloved men in Hollywood, but for his latest project, Yahoo's "Electric City," Hanks talks about why he's forgoing the big screen for the computer monitor. CBS's Clarissa Ward explains the latest violence in Syria, and what it means for the country's future. Then, Maricopa County, Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio heads to court this week, related to charges that his office unlawfully discriminated against Latinos and disregarded basic constitutional rights. The world's most-wanted Nazi war criminal is under arrest in Hungary. And Luke Burbank is back with the awesome and not awesome news of the week.
David Wright from ABC News fills in for Madeleine this week. White abalone might be tasty, but they've faced dwindling population numbers since the 90's, and now could soon be extinct. Marine Biologist Pat Krug talks with David about the future of the species. Tax breaks? Economic stimulus? How do you fix the economy? Most ideas come from Washington or Wall Street, but what if solutions came from Main Street? David talks to reporter David Brancaccio, who traveled throughout the U.S. to see how innovative companies are restoring jobs for his new documentary, "Fixing the Future." Santa Monica has long banned the use of noisy leaf blowers, but that doesn't mean that the practice of using them has stopped. Reporter Jennifer Sharpe has the second part of her story. And Ann Powers is back to review two new albums from The Very Best and Frank Ocean.