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Madeleine Brand examines the latest ideas and trends that are shaping our world and shaping Los Angeles. Madeleine talks with news makers, big thinkers, and everyday people as we map out our modern world. Monday through Friday, noon-1pm.
||Charter Buys Time Warner, CEO Pay Goes Up, PennySaver Shuts Down||Charter Communications has agreed to buy Time Warner Cable in a deal that will affect subscribers throughout Southern California. CEO pay is still on the rise, and coupon clippers are losing a treasured resource. And local jazz musician Kamasi Washington||5/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Evacuation of Saigon, A North Korean Kidnapping and Everyday Instagram||Today we hear wo perspectives on the 1975 evacuation of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War. Also, the incredible story of how North Korea tried kidnapped filmmakers from south Korea.||5/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Fighting Hollywood Development, Gay Marriage Study Falls Apart, Movies||Why is one lawyer fighting big development in Hollywood? A gay marriage study gets retracted. What to see (and avoid) at the movie theater over Memorial Day.||5/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||LACMA Ridley-Thomas emails, Cannes update, and Elon Musk||Emails revealed during the Sony email hack show a cozy and lucrative relationship between LACMA officials, the chairman of Sony, and County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.||5/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Santa Barbara Oil Spill, Silicon Valley Teens, Inside the World of FBI Informants||Cleaning up the Santa Barbara oil spill could take months. Spotify is expanding beyond music, while teenagers are taking over Silicon Valley. Finally, what happens when the FBI is done with its informants?||5/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||L.A. Minimum Wage Vote, Getting People to Save Water, and Mammoth Clones||The Los Angeles City Council votes today on a proposal to raise the minimum wage over the next five years, to $15 an hour. But what about all the workers who currently make even less than the minimum wage?||5/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Biker Gang Shoot Out, The End of 'Mad Men,' and a Voteria||Nine people were killed and 18 injured in a shootout between rival motorcycle gangs in Waco, Texas on Sunday. Police have made 170 arrests. We look at what started the fight and the state of biker gangs.||5/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Loretta Sanchez, School Board Money, and Friday Film||Today, we take a look at the track record of U.S. Rep Loretta Sanchez. The Democrat from Orange County just announced she?s challenging California?s Attorney General in the race for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer?s seat. Does she have a chance?||5/15/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Paul Tanaka, L.A.'s Minimum Wage, and Harry Shearer Leaves 'The Simpsons'||Former Los Angeles undersheriff Paul Tanaka turned himself in to authorities this morning. He?s been charged by the FBI and the Justice Department with obstruction of justice. We get an update on the case from one of the prosecutors.||5/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Santa Monica Bans Airbnb, Homeless Veterans, and Hollywood Tragedies||Yesterday, the Santa Monica City Council mostly banned Airbnb within city limits. What could the crackdown mean for the bigger picture of short-term rentals?||5/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sexism in Hollywood, Working Conditions at LA Nail Salons, and Sports||The A.C.L.U. is asking state and federal authorities to investigate hiring practices in Hollywood for gender discrimination. What?s the civil rights organization asking for, and what?s it like to be a woman working in the industry today?||5/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chris Burden, Gluten and Other Food Lies, and the Value of College||Los Angeles conceptual artist Chris Burden died over the weekend in his Topanga home. He was 69. Burden is best known for his piece ?Urban Light,? the collection of street lights in front of LACMA that look like the Parthenon. We look back on his life an||5/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Homelessness in Venice, the Science of Generosity and Friday Film||Last night in Venice, community members gathered at a town hall meeting to discuss the death of Brendan Glenn, an unarmed homeless man who was shot and killed by police near the boardwalk Tuesday night. We catch up on the tensions in the neighborhood.||5/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Whistler's Mother and the Place Where McDonald?s and Whole Foods Meet||Painter James McNeill Whistler?s famous 1871 portrait of his mother is currently on display at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, on loan from the Musee d?Orsay in Paris. In honor of Mother?s Day this Sunday, we get a primer on the painting?s history.||5/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||UCLA's Commencement Uproar, L.A. Parking Woes and Jaywalking Downtown||UCLA students are protesting that this year?s commencement speaker is Nathan Myhrvold, an entrepreneur whose track record in the tech industry is tainted by accusations of patent law abuse. We hear from a student, and get a primer on Myhrvold?s career.||5/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Drought Tales: Saudi Arabia and the Salton Sea, Plus Wells Fargo Sued||California's water authority votes today on how much we'll have to cut back, and it's going to be a lot more than we've cut so far. As the drought drags on, we look at the demise of Saudi Arabia's farming industry as a cautionary tale.||5/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Hollywood and Campaign Finance, Growing Up in Scientology, TV Roundup||Many members of the Church of Scientology join the religion as adults. But what is it like to grow up as a Scientologist? Two young people share their stories with host Madeleine Brand.||5/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Criminal Charges in Baltimore, Pacquiao-Mayweather, and the Avengers||This morning, Baltimore City State Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby announced criminal charges against the police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray. What?s likely to happen as the cases move forward? Also, a sports bonanza this weekend.||5/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Japanese Prime Minister in L.A., Virtual Reality, and Nick Loeb's Op-Ed||Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is under pressure to apologize for the tens of thousands of young ?comfort women? used as sex slaves by Japanese soldiers during World War II. Tomorrow, he?ll be here in L.A. for a meeting with Mayor Eric Garcetti, and||4/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||California Emissions Cuts, L.A.'s Green Czar, and 'Misery Loves Comedy'||Today, Jerry Brown issued an executive order to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions over the next 15 years. Then, we meet L.A.?s ?green czar,? the man in charge of sustainability for the City of Los Angeles.||4/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The High Court on Gay Marriage, LAPD Body Cams and 'Montage of Heck'||Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments over same-sex marriage. What happened during the hearing? Also, a look at how the arguments relate to gay divorce as much as marriage.||4/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Corinthian Colleges Shutdown, the Breast Milk Business, and Bruce Jenner||Corinthian Colleges, once one of the country?s largest for-profit college chains, abruptly shut down its remaining two dozen schools today. We hear about Corinthian?s troubled history, and from a former student now refusing to pay back his loans for what||4/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Hair Forensics, the Story of Armenians in L.A., and Dabbing||The FBI has helped convict hundreds of suspects using hair analysis based on faulty science. Also, on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, how did L.A.?s huge Armenian-American population come to be?||4/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||"Fog of War" in Age of Drones, Belle Gibson, and Facebook?s News Grab||We take a two-part look at today?s White House revelation that two aid workers were accidentally killed by a U.S. drone strike in January. They were being held by Al-Qaeda. What kind of intelligence was behind the strikes, and how did it go so wrong? We||4/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Carson Approves NFL Stadium, California Raisins in Court, and Ben Affleck||The Carson City Council has approved plans for an NFL stadium. If they build it, will any teams come? The comedy duo the Sklar Brothers give us the scoop. Also, the controversy over PBS whitewashing Ben Affleck?s slave-owning ancestor.||4/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
Great Debut Great show
You guys are Awesome. I love the show, Madeline is a Ten. The topics are great, I'm from the Bay Area and even though you guys are based in so cal it's all news and topics I'm engaged to. It's a well produced show, only suggestion, add some flute to the outro music.
Brand plus Walsh = great show!
It's so nice to hear Ms. Brand back on the air, she was always one of my favorites. And producer Andrew Walsh puts his spin on it to create a show with more fun and variety than a lot of NPR shows. I'm excited to add this to my podcast rotation!