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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.
||Disappearing Islands, Domestic Terror, and The Bed Rest Hoax||President Obama met in Paris today with the leaders of six low-lying countries ?like Barbados and the Marshall Islands?that are most at risk from rising seas. In fact, several of these countries could disappear entirely.||12/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Paris Climate Talks, and A Charlie Brown 50th Anniversary||President Obama has joined almost 150 world leaders in Paris today for a two-week climate change conference. And French President François Hollande said that global warming is a security threat on par with terrorism.||11/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Making L.A. Food, You?re Eating It Wrong||Where can you get a 4-hour, 20 course Japanese meal, the best French omelette on Planet Earth and a goat taco -- all in one day? Los Angeles, of course. And in this special edition of the Guest DJ Project, six all-star chefs share songs that inspire thei||11/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||L.A. Times Buyouts, Native American Schools, and The Comedians||This week, dozens of reporters and editors at the paper accepted buyouts. What does this latest gutting mean for the future of the Times? And a hundred years ago there were almost 5,000 Vaudeville theaters around the country. But then came radio, and TV,||11/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Trump and Media Bashing, and Sony Hack One Year Later||Politicians on the campaign trail regularly vilify the media. Why do they pit themselves against journalists, and how much of it trickles down to voters? And it?s been one year since the big hack at Sony. How is the studio faring?||11/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||New Birth Control Laws, Preparing for Terror, and Alone on the Wall||Protesters are demanding that Calfornia eliminate the 10-year statute of limitations on sexual assault cases. But why is there a statute of limitations in the first place? And seven years ago, Alex Honnold free-climbed the northwest face of Yosemite?s Ha||11/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Hyphen-American Voters, Film Roundup, and A Curling Controversy||Last night at the Latin Grammys, Mexican rockers unfurled a banner that said in Spanish "Latinos united, don't vote for racists.? And curlers everywhere are up in arms over their brooms. Curling the sport, that is.||11/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ISIS at Home, SAFE Act, and Trans Fatty Lives||ISIS has a new recruitment strategy. Instead of getting would-be jihadists to come to Syria, it?s telling them to stay put and wage attacks at home. And an edgy new documentary tells the story of New York DJ 'Trans Fatty,' diagnosed with the debilitating||11/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||What ISIS Wants, Saving the First Taco Bell, and Sam Phillips||As investigations continue in Paris, we?re taking a step back to ask: What does ISIS want? And the man behind Sun Records, Sam Phillips, was the first to record Elvis Presley, Howlin? Wolf, B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and more.||11/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Politics After Paris, Food Delivery, and Why Belgium?||The Syrian refugee crisis has become a political football since the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday. And why didn?t the French have advance intelligence aboutFriday?s attacks? For some, including California Senator Diane Feinstein, one answer is encr||11/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Paris Attacked, William Forsythe, and Eagles of Death Metal||We talk with Arianne Dollfus, a Parisian resident who lives near one of the cafes attacked by terrorists on Friday night. Then, foreign policy and Middle East experts look at what is known about the attacks and what is next.||11/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Claremont McKenna Controversy, and At the Jabberjaw||Student protests led to the resignation yesterday of Mary Spellman, the Dean of Students at Claremont McKenna College. And a new book called It All Dies Anyway: LA, Jabberjaw, and the End of an Era collects the photos and flyers and memories from the leg||11/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Geffen's UCLA Gift, War Is Beautiful, and How to Give Away Money||Is there a right way and a wrong way to do philanthropy? And war photography ? often artful and beautiful ? can glamorize conflict. Our guest has reviewed thousands of war photographs that ran on the front page of the New York Times since 2001, when the||11/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Garcetti on Homeless Veterans, and Who Would Want to be President?||Last summer, Mayor Eric Garcetti pledged to end veteran homelessness in Los Angeles by the end of this year. Garcetti has since had to extend that deadline to next summer. And: what kind of person would think they are qualified to be the leader of the mo||11/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Political Polling, Online Dating, and "The Deputy Who Disappeared"||Polls are more influential than ever in politics. But, increasingly, they?re wrong. And in 1998, Jon Aujay set out for a long-distance run near Palmdale. He was never seen again, and the investigation into his disappearance has never been closed.||11/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Campus Racial Uproar, TV Roundup, The Pacific, Autism and Girls||Recent incidents at the University of Missouri and Yale are creating a heated debate about how racial sensitivity is being handled on college campuses. Then a roundup of the latest TV news. And, a look at the state of the great Pacific Ocean.||11/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Homeless Encampments, James Bond, and A Year of Prop 47||Press Play producer Anna Scott reports on the conditions in a homeless encampment in Sawtelle. And Spotlight, a new movie based on the Boston Globe?s investigation of sexual abuse by Catholic priests, opens this weekend.||11/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Mexican Marijuana, Codegirl Documentary, and Sugar v. Corn Syrup||Last year, thousands of unaccompanied Central-American minors arrived in America. President Obama launched a program to absorb these children legally. So far, exactly zero have been brought in. And high fructose corn syrup has become a kind of demon food||11/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Obamacare Challenges, White Mortality Rates, and Dark Matter||A new study finds that one group of people is dying at a much higher rate than ever before: middle-aged white Americans. Then, dark matter: scientists say it?s all around us, but we can?t see it or touch it or smell it. When dinosaurs went extinct, could||11/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Legalizing Pot in California and High Salaries at the LA County Fair||No fewer than 17 different groups are working to legalize recreational marijuana in California. Can they all coalesce behind one ballot measure? Then, the L.A. County Fair has lost money for years...while also paying its CEO more than triple the salary o||11/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Race Discrimination in Jury Selection, and America?s Secret Drunk History||Despite being illegal since 1986, racial discrimination in jury selection has managed to survive. Today, the issue has reached the Supreme Court. And Susan Cheever explores America's drinking history in her new book.||11/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Guantanamo Detainee Released, Bel Air Mansions and Halloween Movies||The last British detainee held at Guantanamo Bay arrived in London today. What?s his story? Also, how did Bel Air become an enclave for super luxury mega mansions?||10/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||GOP Debate Roundup, Theranos, and 'The Witches: Salem, 1692'||Last night's GOP debate was a more raucous affair than the first two. Sometimes the moderators seemed barely in control of the proceedings. And Stacy Schiff's new book intimately explores the Salem witch trials of 1692.||10/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||SoCal's Aerospace Influence, 'Million Dollar Shack,' and Where's Jeb?||Ben Carson has taken the top spot in the polls from Donald Trump. But whatever happened to Jeb Bush? And SoCal was once synonymous with aerospace. The region has a long history in aviation going back to the early 1900s. So what happened?||10/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Police in Schools, A Mobile Opera, and Whither High-Speed Rail?||In the U.S., 43 percent of schools have security staff on hand, more than half of those positions are held by police officers. And the California High-Speed Rail Authority still promises a bullet train between L.A. and San Francisco but funds for the $68||10/27/2015||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!