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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.
||Data Privacy Bill, U.S. v. Mexico, and Friday Film||Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act into law yesterday. It will require police to get a warrant before accessing your digital data. And tomorrow, more than 90,000 people will descend on the Rose Bowl to watch a||10/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Fair Pay in Hollywood, and Los Angeles v. San Francisco||California?s Fair Pay Act is now law. It aims to reduce the gender gap in wages across the state. That gap has gotten special attention in Hollywood recently, where female stars typically earn 77 percent of the pay of their male co-stars. And a look at h||10/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Helping Your Community in LA, and 'The Song Machine'||Angelenos are not volunteering as much as they want to. That?s one of the findings in a new poll from USC. And we take a close look at the way today?s top pop music is made.||10/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bernie Sanders, and Seeking 'Red Sauce Italian' in LA||Fantasy sports gambling has become a $2.6 billion industry. But a major data leak has brought about allegations of insider trading, and a call for government regulation. And Angelenos have tons of places to eat pizza, pasta and gelato. But there?s one ty||10/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Guns and Public Opinion, the NRA?s Power, and the Supreme Court||With around five million members and $250 million a year in revenue, the NRA is perhaps the most effective lobbying organization in the country. What explains its wide-ranging power? And the Supreme Court is back in session, and California figures in a c||10/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Gun Laws, 1965 Immigration Act, and Looking Back At National Lampoon||Every time a mass shooting happens in America, we wonder what can be done to stop it. Do the laws we have now?for background checks, and mental health screening?even target the right people? And though National Lampoon is long gone, echoes of the magazin||10/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Women in the Workplace, Russell Brand Doc, and Bukowski's House||A new documentary captures the evolution of Russell Brand in all his hilarious, manic complexity. And we visit Charles Bukowski's childhood home in mid-city, which just sold for the first time in 20 years.||10/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CA Billionaires, Bike Sharing, and Making L.A.: Manufacturing||Bike sharing is coming to Los Angeles. If it works, there will be even more cyclists on the road, which could mean more antagonism between bikers and drivers. And our economy has been good for the 92 Californians who are on the Forbes 400 list, which was||9/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||California "Geniuses," Music Discovery, and a Kombucha Crackdown||Two California scientists were among the 24 winners of the MacArthur Genius Grants announced yesterday. We hear about their work. Also, is kombucha tea a health friend or foe?||9/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Water on Mars, and 'The Pentagon's Brain'||NASA has announced that liquid water has been discovered on the surface of Mars. What does this mean for space exploration? And how much do you know about the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency? It?s the most powerful military science agency in||9/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Replacing John Boehner, GOP Roundup, and The Black Panthers||John Boehner resigned from Congress this morning. Now, California Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy is considered the leading candidate to replace Boehner as Speaker of the House. And 50 years ago. Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale founded the Black Pan||9/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||'Zombie Blimps', 'Prophet's Prey' and L.A.'s Craft Beer Scene||The Pentagon has spent $2.7 billion on a fleet of big white blimps meant to detect missile or drone strikes. Today?s L.A. Times calls it a ?zombie? program: Expensive, ineffective and impossible to kill. And a new documentary investigates the Fundamental||9/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Volkswagen Fallout, Section 8 Housing, and Jonathan Franzen's Purity||To clerk for a Supreme Court justice is to rocket into the upper echelons of the law profession. So what does it mean that the pool of clerks is overwhelmingly male and white? And Jonathan Franzen?s new novel 'Purity' has already been called everything fr||9/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Big Magic, Silver Lake's Food Scene, and Catholicism in the West||Ten years ago, Elizabeth Gilbert?s book Eat Pray Love turned her into a literary celebrity. Now she?s written a guide to living a creative, fulfilling life. And three years ago, Forbes magazine named Silver Lake the country?s ?best hipster neighborhood.?||9/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Volkswagen Fraud, Undercover Uber, and Johnson & Johnson Under Fire||It was revealed Friday that diesel Audis and Volkswagens since 2009 have come pre-installed with illegal software that allows the car to pass smog tests by cheating. Then, if you rode in an Uber last Wednesday, you might?ve seen your name in the Los Ange||9/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Planned Parenthood, and Toronto International Film Festival||SWAT teams were first created here in Los Angeles after the 1965 Watts riots. Since then, the use of SWAT teams has increased across the country. And the 40th Toronto International Film Festival wraps up this weekend. What began in 1976 showing films fro||9/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||GOP Debate, and Inside the Broad Museum||You?ve probably seen the outside of the brand new Broad Museum Downtown?the honeycombed, futuristic skin that envelops the building. Today, we go inside the museum?into the vault, as it?s known?for a sneak peak before the grand opening this weekend.||9/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Carly Fiorina, Faking Tragedy, and Making L.A.: Civic Engagement||Comedian Steve Rannazzisi has been repeating a dramatic story about narrowly escaping the World Trade Center on 9/11. One problem: His 9/11 story isn?t true. What motivates these kinds of falsehoods? And presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has a storied||9/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Gay Veterans, The 'Dancing Baby' Lawsuit, and Wrestling's Comeback||Until ?Don?t Ask Don?t Tell? was repealed four years ago, gays and lesbians could be discharged from military. Now, there?s an effort change their less-than-honorable discharges to ?honorable? ones. Then, pro wrestling is once again getting its due. And||9/15/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Reagan and the New GOP, Silicon Valley's Tech Bubble and an Almond Makeover||The Republican presidential hopefuls will gather Wednesday for a debate at the Reagan library in Simi Valley. No doubt, they?ll pay homage to the country?s 40th president, the library?s namesake. But would Reagan fit in today?s Republican party? Also, al||9/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||9/11 Lawsuits, New York Fashion Week, and 'The Second Mother'||It?s been 14 years since the 9/11 attacks. Lower Manhattan has slowly come back to life, but some effects of the attack are ongoing. Then, the film The Second Mother describes the strange relationship that exists with people who live in our houses and ta||9/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||'Negroland,' Unreliable Isis Intel, and Suing Your Bank||Margo Jefferson grew up taking dance classes and attending great schools, but the comforts of her life would never match the privilege of being white. Then, if you?re behind on your mortgage, Brookstone Law in Orange County will sue your bank. Whether th||9/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Women Crime Writers, and Housing LA's Homeless||There were a number of successful female crime-fiction writers after World War II; their books have been in and out of print. But now a new two-volume set has been put out. And L.A. is having its worst homeless crisis in years. Now, Mayor Eric Garcetti h||9/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||LA Times CEO Fired, Inventing the Cheeseburger, and 'Can I Go Now?'||CEO and Publisher of the Los Angeles Times, Austin Beutner, has been fired by his bosses at the Tribune Company. ?I am not departing by choice, nor is this some ?mutual agreement,?? he said on Facebook. And while Hollywood superagent Sue Mengers represen||9/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||'Dark Sparkler,' 'The Epic,' and the Hi-Tech Teens of Silicon Valley||Photographer Matt Black has documented the troubles of the Central Valley in stark black and white images for two decades. And actress Amber Tamblyn?s latest poetry collection, Dark Sparkler, is about the starlets that Hollywood chews up and spits out.||9/7/2015||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!