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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.
||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|
||South L.A. to SOLA, Boosting Health With Mindfulness and Awe, LACMA at 50||Today, the Los Angeles City Council votes on a proposal to give South L.A. a new name: SOLA. Why, and do neighborhood name changes ever translate to real-world changes on the ground?||4/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Migrant Boat Disaster, 'Sabado Gigante,' and a History of American Radicalism||Today, EU leaders are meeting to talk about the crisis of migrants dying during dangerous boat rides from Africa to Europe over the Mediterranean Sea. Also, after more than 50 years, Spanish language variety show Sabado Gigante is going off the air in Se||4/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Cost of Homelessness in LA, a Cambodian Refugee's Story, Friday Film||Today is the 40th anniversary of the Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia. We hear from a Cambodian refugee who came to Southern California as a child and lives in Long Beach. Then, an interview with a filmmaker who has a new documentary that revives the los||4/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||LAUSD Wants an iPad Refund, Etsy Goes Public, and Farmers Discuss Drought||The Los Angeles Unified School District is demanding a refund from Apple for what it says is bad software on the 43,000 iPads it bought as part of a failed, scandal-ridden tech plan. Who?s to blame for the debacle, and does the district deserve its money||4/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Museum Tax Loophole, Legalizing Weed in California, and 'Roar'||It?s tax day! How much are we all paying? Also, a little-known loophole lets very wealthy art collectors deduct the full value of all the expensive art they give to museums -- even museums they run right next to their homes.||4/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Vaccine Bill Protests, Measles Outbreak Update, and ex-NFL star Darren Sharper||State lawmakers are facing pushback on a bill that would make vaccinations mandatory in California. Health officials are still monitoring what?s been considered the worst measles outbreak statewide in years. But how bad was it?||4/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Angelenos' Water Use, In Defense of Lawns, and Let the Campaigns Begin||A UCLA report finds that even though Angelinos use about 16 percent less water than we did in the year 2000, we still have a long way to go when it comes to conservation. And more Californians are ripping out traditional green grass for drought resistant||4/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Traffic Debt, Almonds, Friday Movies, and Artificial Intelligence||A new study by a coalition of groups shows traffic fines in California affect low income residents the most, trapping them in a cycle of violations and fines. And have we been too hard on almonds?||4/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Gay Conversion Therapy, Police Video Apps, and Bottling California's Water||President Obama today is calling for the end of gay conversion therapy because of its potentially devastating psychological effects. We talk to an activist who spent five years going through conversion therapy in four different states.||4/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Police Shooting on Video, Online Shaming, and the Palm Springs Food Scene||Video has surfaced of a South Carolina police officer shooting an unarmed African American man eight times in the back as the man tries to run away. But with similar cases across the country, the details of police shootings are usually kept much less pub||4/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Airbnb Growth Outpaces City Policy, Farming in the Drought, and 'All Involved'||In the war between short-term rentals and homeowners, cities are caught in the middle. Also, if the drought continues, will California agriculture have to change?||4/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||UVA Rape Case, Governor Brown's Water Restrictions, and Mad Men||Last November, Rolling Stone printed a shocking story of a gang rape at the University of Virginia. A new report by the Columbia Journalism Review takes the reporter and magazine to task for failing to follow basic reporting practices.||4/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||A New Ban on Living in Cars, 'Furious 7', and the Final Four||Last year a federal appeals court struck down an LA ordinance prohibiting people from living in their vehicles. Now the city attorney has revised the ordinance. What?s different, and what does it mean for thousands of homeless Angelenos living in their c||4/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Cutting Water in LA, Medicating Foster Kids, Comedy's Second Wave||As the drought continues, California adopts mandatory water cutbacks. A new report finds that foster kids, some as young as four, are being over-prescribed psychiatric drugs. And a look at how comedy got so big.||4/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||RFRA Rolls On, Tiki Bar Comeback, and the Masterpiece Under the Couch||Most people don?t discover rare 18th century masterpieces rolled up under their sofa, but that?s exactly what happened to Christina Jones Janssen. Also...is the Tiki Bar making a comeback?||4/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Tax Behavior, Jay Z's Tidal, and Cheap Electric Cars||More people are filing their tax returns online. It's convenient. It's cheaper. But there are risks. And almost 80% of filers get refunds. What are we doing with all that money?||3/31/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||New 'Daily Show' Host, Kendrick Lamar, and Spending Time With the Kids||Comedy Central has picked a new Daily Show host, South African comic Trevor Noah. And a study finds that its not the quantity of time you spend with your kids, but the quality of that time that matters.||3/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Harry Reid Retires, Call of Duty Championship, and Hollywood Bear Wrangler||This weekend, Los Angeles is hosting the Call of Duty championship. The winning team gets $400,000. And we talk to a Hollywood bear wrangler...||3/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Airline Cockpit Safety, the Supreme Court's Diversity Problem, and Email||In the wake of Tuesday?s Germanwings Airbus crash, we look at safety rules and regulations for pilots in the cockpit: how have they changed over the years? And is it simply impossible to prepare for every possible catastrophe?||3/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Violent Crime on the Rise, a Skid Row Millionaire, and 'Woman in Gold'||We start today with a peek behind the LAPD?s latest crime stats. Violent crime is up 27 percent across the city. Why? Then, the story of a recluse who quietly amassed a $3 million fortune. He recently died and left donations to several Skid Row organizat||3/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||LA Teachers Boycott, Angelina Jolie and Women's Health, and Summer Books||We start today with a look at the impasse between Los Angeles teachers and the school district over salaries and class sizes. Teachers are planning to boycott faculty meetings this afternoon, but the superintendent says that?s illegal. Could the dispute||3/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Ted Cruz, 'Empire' Finale, and Parker Center's Fate||We start with a look at Texas Senator Ted Cruz?s bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Also, in our weekly television roundup, was the season finale of Empire a fan favorite or drama overkill?||3/23/2015||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!