Photo: Ranking Member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) speaks during a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., April 3, 2017. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)
FROM THIS EPISODE
Senator Dianne Feinstein faced an angry crowd at her town hall in L.A. today. The anger came from her would-be supporters -- people on the left. We speak with a leader of the protest movement here about what the strategy is for pressuring Democratic lawmakers.
Tudor Popescu, Volunteer coordinator with a local chapter of Indivisible
Recreational marijuana is legal in California, but not at the federal level. An Assembly committee passed a bill this week that would bar state and local police from helping federal agents crack down on those who grow and sell recreational marijuana. Attorney General Jeff Sessions opposes recreational pot, and recently signalled that a federal crackdown may be on the way.
Jonathan P. Caulkins
In the Salinas Valley, old greenhouses sat vacant for years after the cut flower business shifted to Latin America. Now marijuana growers are snatching up those same greenhouses. The area’s balance of sunshine and ocean breezes is perfect for growing weed.
Chuck Allen, real estate agent in the Salinas Valley, working with marijuana growers
The podcast “S-Town” by the producers of “This American Life” and “Serial,” has been hugely successful. We speak with its creator about what he discovered in the three years it took to produce.
Days after a man posted a video to Facebook of him randomly shooting and killing another man, Mark Zuckerberg said his company will keep doing all they can to prevent similar tragedies from happening again. He then talked about unveiling ambitious new features that will allow users to augment reality.
More From Press Play with Madeleine Brand
The decline of American manufacturing During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump called out a steel manufacturer for closing a plant in Indiana and moving it to Mexico. The plant still closed and jobs were lost. We speak with a reporter who spent a year documenting the closing of the plant, and tells the story of one woman who worked her way up to supervisor and then had to train her Mexican replacement.
Why is it so hard to publish stories critical of powerful men? One of the main reasons the Harvey Weinstein stories didn’t get out sooner was that the Hollywood press couldn’t -- or wouldn’t -- publish them. KCRW’s Kim Masters has a story about another big executive: Amazon’s Roy Price.
Can Kevin de Leon unseat Sen. Dianne Feinstein? California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon announced his challenge to Senator Dianne Feinstein. He is capitalizing on a fury in the state against the president, and painting Feinstein as too accommodating of Trump.
LATEST BLOG POSTS
Substandard living in Santa Barbara Property owner Dario Pini houses thousands of low-income tenants throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, but faces over 3,000 health and safety violations and three lawsuits by the city of… Read More
How to prepare for an earthquake Thursday is California’s Great ShakeOut drill. If you haven’t gotten your earthquake kit together and made sure you have a plan, do it today! What should be in your earthquake… Read More