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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.
||Reconsidering California?s Death Penalty, and Remembering Wes Craven||Last July a California judge ruled the death penalty unconstitutional in the case of Ernest D Jones. The reasoning behind the judge?s ruling? It?s taking California too long to kill inmates on Death Row. And in 2009, Jeff Smith was prosecuted for lying t||8/31/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||New Details on LA?s Olympic Bid, Privacy and Abortion Rights, and Ashley Madison||Anti-abortion activists are trying to uncover personal details about women who get abortions and the doctors who perform them. This brings up all kinds of privacy concerns, and the fight is playing out in courts around the country. And this morning, Ashl||8/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||LAPD Reform Today, Terrible Traffic, and Remembering Katrina||According to a new, nationwide traffic study, Angelenos spend an average of 80 hours a year in traffic. And ten years after Hurricane Katrina destroyed communities in New Orleans, thousands of refugees settled in California?many in Los Angeles. Cassandra||8/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Hanging Out With Donald Trump's Supporters, Making L.A.: Education||Whatever you may think about Donald Trump, this has definitely been his summer. His supporters embrace his attacks on political correctness, his inflammatory rhetoric about immigration, and above all, his undeniable Trump-ness. And, South Africa is the w||8/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chinese Birth Tourism, New Homeless Numbers, and LA?s Ice Cream Scene||A new study paints a bleak picture of LA County?s homeless situation, finding 13,000 new homeless people a month. And Rowland Heights is a typical community in the San Gabriel Valley, now it?s become the American capital of Chinese birth tourism.||8/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||What Chinese Investment Means for L.A., and 'The Man Who Wasn't There'||The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped more than 1000 points today before starting to correct itself. The cause? An economic slowdown in China. This could have a major effect here in Los Angeles, one of the most popular destinations for Chinese tourist||8/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CA University Funding, Hugo Awards Controversy, and Comedy Hack Day||Classes begin soon at California?s public universities, but there aren?t enough spots for every qualified student to attend. And this weekend in Los Angeles, teams of hackers will compete to build the most hilarious, wittiest apps and hardware. Practical||8/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Presidential Politics and the Heroin Epidemic, and The Biology of Desire||New Hampshire has experienced a huge increase in heroin and prescription drug addiction over the last decade. And because New Hampshire is one of the all-important early primary states, the presidential candidates are now confronting this issue. And, mos||8/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||LAUSD Class Sizes, Airbnb in China, and Making L.A.: Food||Some 650,000 students went back to school yesterday in Los Angeles and most of them returned to crowded classrooms. And, L.A. is a culinary wonderland, but not everyone is sharing in this bounty. In today?s installment of our Making L.A. series, we?re go||8/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Teacher Shortage, Firefighter Shortage, and Winning the Drought||Here in California, more than 80,000 jobs were lost in public schools during the recession. Now, as the budget picture improves, school districts are looking to fill more than 20,000 positions...but it?s not going to be easy. And in the fourth year of a||8/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Julian Bond and Today's NAACP, and Eating on the Campaign Trail||When California voters passed Proposition 39, the Clean Energy Jobs Act, they were promised thousands of jobs on green energy projects in California schools. What happened? And, the 2016 presidential hopefuls hit the Iowa State Fair over the weekend. Alo||8/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Solar Power, Watts Riots: Pop Culture, and 'Straight Outta Compton'||Solar has gotten cheaper, better, and easier to install in recent years. But many traditional power companies view solar as a threat and are fighting to limit it. And in the years after the 1965 Watts Riots, its legacy seeped into pop culture.||8/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Watts Riots: Chief Parker, Policing, and Our Weekly Web Roundup||We continue to look back at Watts, 50 years after the riots. South Los Angeles was on fire, and LAPD Chief William H. Parker was tasked with putting it out. And after Watts erupted in 1965, policing stayed much the same through the 90s. But for a look at||8/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Re-envisioning L.A.'s Civic Center, Watts Riots: Housing Policies||For years, city planners have been floating ideas to make L.A.'s Civic Center more cohesive and now that downtown is booming, there?s a new urgency to re-envision the space. And, we look at how housing policies contributed to unrest in Watts 50 years ago||8/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Watts at 50, Colorado River Spill, and 'Walking on Sunshine'||Fifty years ago today, a traffic stop sparked six days of looting and burning in L.A. It was just after 7 p.m. when a California Highway Patrol car pulled over 21-year-old Marquette Frye, a young black man suspected of drunk driving in Watts. And the son||8/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||L.A.'s New Transportation Plan, Women and the GOP, and For-profit Rescue||Many American cities, including Los Angeles, once had thriving public transit. So what happened? And Republican candidates like Donald Trump seem to be making the party?s job of attracting women voters that much harder. But there are still lots of women||8/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||GOP Debate Roundup, Transgender Choices at UC Schools, and 'Compton'||After the first Republican presidential debate the main question seems to be: What is happening in the Republican Party? One thing is clear?the debate was a ratings bonanza. According to Nielsen, 24 million people tuned in, making it the most watched pri||8/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Voting Rights Act at 50, Hollywood's Diversity Problem, and Lifestyle Branding||Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law. Since then, there?s been a near-constant battle over the law. Here in California, Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced that around 45,000 non-violent felons will||8/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Netflix's New Parental Leave Policy, Making L.A.: Public Spaces||Netflix has a new parental leave policy: new moms and dads now get up to a year of unlimited, paid time off. Most American workers get only three months of unpaid family leave. Is the company leading the way to better work-life balance? Public spaces can||8/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Planned Parenthood in the Spotlight, and Medical Marijuana and Palliative Care||Republicans lost Monday?s Senate vote to defund Planned Parenthood, but the fight will probably resume next month when Congress comes back from its August recess. And, for someone with a serious illness, the days are marked by an endless parade of pharma||8/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jon Stewart Signs Off, Los Angeles DWP, and the Drought and Firefighting||It?s Jon Stewart?s final week as host of The Daily Show. For 16 years, he provided a satiric, often scathing, voice for those frustrated with politics and media. And, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has been in hot water recently. It?s had||8/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Olympic Cities, SoulCycle's IPO, and Hostile Traffic Stops||SoulCycle?the indoor cycling phenomenon?has filed for an IPO. How exactly does a stationary bike class become a nationwide phenomenon? And, Samuel Dubose was shot after being pulled over for a missing front license plate. Sandra Bland died in jail after||7/31/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Cincinnati Police Shooting, Taser's Body Cam Business, and Cecil the Lion backlash||In Cincinnati, a body camera was the difference between murder charge and the public?s never knowing what really happened when a campus police officer shot an unarmed motorist at point-blank range. Now Taser?the world?s leading stun gun maker?is also loo||7/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Cecil the Lion, 'The End of the Tour,' and Jason Bentley on Giorgio Moroder||During the last days of the book tour for his novel Infinite Jest, writer David Foster Wallace was joined by a reporter named David Lipsky. Lipsky wrote a memoir about the experience, which has been turned into a film called ?The End of the Tour.? And th||7/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Should LA Host the 2024 Olympics?, Relativity Media, and 'Best of Enemies'||Boston dropped its bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games yesterday after public support for the bid evaporated. Could Los Angeles become the designated American bidder? And, a new documentary documents the fireworks between liberal Gore Vidal and conservati||7/28/2015||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!