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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.

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.
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Santa Monica, CA

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KCRW

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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.

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English


Episodes

What is obstruction of justice?

3/25/2019
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In his letter to Congress, U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr wrote that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report showed no Russian collusion during the 2016 presidential campaign. President Trump says the investigation “totally exonerated” him. But the Mueller report was more ambiguous on the question of whether Trump obstructed justice.

Duration:00:48:22

LA Sheriff Alex Villanueva on his mistakes and what’s next

3/22/2019
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It’s been nearly four months since Alex Villanueva was sworn in as sheriff of LA County. He campaigned on a message of “reform, rebuild and restore.” But Villanueva has become the most controversial elected official in LA County because of his decisions, which include sacking the department’s top command staff.

Duration:00:48:56

Why some California doctors are traveling out of state to perform abortions

3/21/2019
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California has a surplus of abortion doctors. Some are commuting to states where it’s difficult to find an abortion provider, like Texas, Arizona, and Florida. We hear from one doctor who lives in the Bay Area and travels to Arizona to provide abortions.

Duration:00:48:58

Rock star Shirley Manson on why Yoko Ono inspires her

3/20/2019
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Garbage lead singer Shirley Manson and other LA-based women artists will perform the work of Yoko Ono on Friday at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Ono’s career as a performance artist, singer, and peace activist spans more than 60 years. Manson says Ono taught her to smash any constructs put around her gender and age.

Duration:00:51:09

Postpartum depression and the real-life inspiration for the TV show ‘Workin’ Moms’

3/19/2019
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Canadian show “Workin’ Moms” gained attention in the U.S. after Netflix picked it up. Now in its third season, the show follows four women and their lives after giving birth. The comedy tackles the stresses of working motherhood, abortion, single parenting, and postpartum depression.

Duration:00:50:57

How women changed what you eat (and how you eat it)

3/18/2019
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Women developed the coffee filter, the donut, mass-produced champagne, and modern Mexican food. A new book looks at these historic accomplishments. It’s called “A Woman’s Place: The Inventors, Rumrunners, Lawbreakers, Scientists & Single Moms Who Changed the World with Food.”

Duration:00:50:16

How rich parents game the college admissions system -- legally

3/15/2019
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Students have filed a class-action lawsuit against the universities named in the college bribery scandal, which includes Stanford, USC and UCLA. Two parents named in the indictment quit the board of trustees of a prominent prep school in Newport Beach. These parents may have broken the law, but there are many perfectly legal ways parents can buy their children into elite universities.

Duration:00:49:39

Some OC homeless shelters are worse than jail, say residents

3/14/2019
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Remember that giant homeless encampment along the Santa Ana River that officials cleared out last year? Many of the people who lived there ended up in nearby shelters in Santa Ana and Anaheim. Today, the ACLU released a scathing report on three of them. It’s based on a year-long investigation that documented physical and sexual abuse of residents.

Duration:00:50:33

Gov. Newsom halts executions, citing ‘moral necessity’

3/13/2019
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Governor Gavin Newsom today announced a halt to the death penalty in California. The state has a complicated history with the death penalty. Voters have repeatedly upheld it at the ballot box, most recently with two propositions in 2016. But the state hasn’t executed anyone in more than a decade.

Duration:00:49:27

Rich parents charged in massive college admissions scam

3/12/2019
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Federal prosecutors announced charges today in what they call the “largest college admissions scam” they’ve ever prosecuted. More than a dozen people charged are from L.A. The schools involved include UCLA, USC, Stanford, Georgetown, Yale, and the University of Texas.

Duration:00:49:14

Is it safe to fly the new Boeing 737 MAX 8?

3/11/2019
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A Boeing plane crashed minutes after taking off in Ethiopia this weekend. All 157 people onboard died in the crash. This is the second fatal crash in months involving this particular plane model, the Boeing 737 MAX 8.

Duration:00:49:08

The story of the black man who took over a neo-Nazi group

3/8/2019
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Maybe you’ve heard of James Hart Stern, the black man who took over the National Socialist Movement, a neo-Nazi group. Founded in 1974, it’s one of the biggest and oldest hate groups in America. James Hart Stern tells us how he became the group’s president, and what he plans to do with the group next.

Duration:00:49:28

Warner Bros. CEO accused of trading auditions for sex

3/7/2019
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According to hundreds of text messages leaked to the Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara pushed for a young, unknown actress he was having a sexual relationship with to get auditions for Warner Bros. movies.

Duration:00:49:15

Why parents won’t vaccinate their kids against measles

3/6/2019
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In just three months this year, there have been more than 200 reported cases of measles. Some parents are lying to public health investigators about whether their kids are vaccinated. We look at why people refuse to vaccinate, despite overwhelming scientific evidence that it is safe.

Duration:00:49:40

How kids process sexual abuse

3/5/2019
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“Leaving Neverland,” the documentary about two men who say they were sexually abused by Michael Jackson as kids, is raising questions about how children process sexual abuse. Often they don’t think of it as abuse until much later in life. We talk with trauma experts.

Duration:00:49:25

Efforts to change laws around police officers’ use of deadly force

3/4/2019
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The Sacramento police officers who shot and killed Stephon Clark won’t face criminal charges. Now California’s attorney general has to decide whether to indict them. This shooting has put a new focus on two pieces of legislation in Sacramento aimed at curbing police shootings.

Duration:00:48:43

How everyday violence affects school kids in South LA

3/1/2019
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When a school shooting happens, the tragedy usually gets lots of attention from national news and politicians. But for students around some South LA high schools, gun violence is constant and hardly noticed outside the community.

Duration:00:48:32

Are gig economy workers independent contractors or employees?

2/28/2019
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A lot of app-based companies like Uber, GrubHub, and Doordash like to classify their workers as independent contractors rather than employees. However, thanks to a landmark decision the California Supreme Court made last year, that’s getting harder to do. But some people, like exotic dancers and hair stylists, don’t want to be classified as employees.

Duration:00:48:00

Michael Cohen’s testimony: Political and legal analysis

2/27/2019
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Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen described the president as a racist, a conman, and a cheat during his hearing before the House Oversight Committee today. We get highlights and analysis.

Duration:00:50:05

‘A Fire Story:’ A graphic memoir about losing everything in a Northern California wildfire

2/26/2019
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In October 2017, cartoonist Brian Fies and his wife were forced to evacuate their home near Santa Rosa. A massive wildfire was coming. Within an hour, their neighborhood was flattened. Fies told his story in a web comic that went viral and led to a short Emmy-winning video. Now it’s become a full graphic memoir.

Duration:00:49:03