Photo: U.S. House Ag Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Conaway, during U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 93rd Annual Agricultural Outlook Forum (AOF), in Arlington, VA, on Thursday, Feb 23, 2017. (Courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture)
FROM THIS EPISODE
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has recused himself from leading the investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. election. We look at his replacement -- a Texas Republican who was a Trump supporter during the campaign.
President Trump is hosting a two-day summit with China’s leader at Mar-a-Lago. We find out more about Trump’s China advisor, Peter Navarro. He authored a book called “Death by China.” His view: China is out to undermine the U.S.
An FBI sting operation in LA has revealed how rich Chinese investors can buy their way into obtaining U.S. visas.
President Trump met with Egypt’s president this week. We get reaction from comedian Bassem Youssef, who launched the first political satire show in Egypt. But for making fun of those in power, his safety was threatened, and he had to cancel the show. He ended up fleeing the country after President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi came to power. Youssef is the subject of the documentary, “Tickling Giants,” which premieres April 7 at the Beverly Hills Laemmle Music Hall.
Bassem Youssef was a practicing heart surgeon before he became a full-time comedian. He created the first political satire show in Egypt. (Photo courtesy of Sarkosmos Productions)
Amazon will have to pay $70 million to parents for their kids buying extra goodies on free games without permission. Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 phone will let you scan your face to pay for things. Facebook is expanding its use of photo-matching technology to curb revenge porn.
More From Press Play with Madeleine Brand
Will there be a backlash to #MeToo? New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is at the forefront of the #MeToo campaign on Capitol Hill. She and President Trump are in a Twitter war after she said he should resign. Trump responded by tweeting that the senator “would do anything” for a campaign contribution.
Former 'Hole' drummer Patty Schemel on music and drug addiction Patty Schemel was the drummer for Courtney Love’s band, Hole. But then she got into drugs, lost it all, and ended up living on the streets of LA. She writes about her journey in her new memoir, “Hit So Hard.”
Director Bryan Singer sued for sexual assault “X-Men” director Bryan Singer is being sued for sexual assault. Cesar Sanchez-Guzman says Singer raped him at a yacht party when he was 17, and then told him he could get a Hollywood career if he kept quiet. It’s not the first time Singer is the subject of sexual assault accusations.
LATEST BLOG POSTS
Photos: The Thomas Fire leaves a scorched landscape The Thomas Fire has burned more than 230,000 acres, becoming the fifth largest wildfire in California history. The fire, which is now 15 percent contained, has destroyed 790 structures. One fatality… Read More
Where can you see The Nutcracker in LA this year? When the Nutcracker premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia more than a century ago, critics hated it. But now it’s become what might be the most popular ballet in the world.… Read More