ON AIR
00:00:00 | 3:02:50

DONATE!

close

FROM THIS EPISODE

Donald Trump is expected to win the most electoral votes, despite protests nationwide calling for members of the Electoral College to switch sides. We look at past elections where the popular vote went against the Electoral College.

One reason some are questioning the validity of this election: Russian interference. But the U.S. has its own history of meddling in other countries’ elections.

OxyContin kicked off an opioid epidemic that killed nearly 200,000 Americans in the last two decades. Now doctors aren’t prescribing it as much, so now the company that makes the drug is pushing it overseas.

Sebastian Bach did a lot of drugs when he was lead singer of the hair metal group Skid Row. He talks about that and his career switch to Broadway.

Zsa Zsa Gabor died over the weekend at age 99. She was ahead of her time, mainly famous for being famous.

Photo courtesy of Kelvinsong 

Electoral college: a history full of drama 8 MIN, 35 SEC

Members of the Electoral College are expected to officially elect Donald Trump to the presidency today. Some have pushed for them to reject Trump. Others called for delaying the vote until the president-elect resolves potential conflicts of interest. Some electors themselves have requested a briefing on possible Russian interference in the election. None of this is likely to change things today, but this election has brought an unusual spotlight to the Electoral College.

Guests:
Mike Schlitt, Historian and Producer, 'The Document' (@schlitthappenz)

Russia and America's track records of meddling in other countries' elections 9 MIN, 4 SEC

Even after Donald Trump is sworn in, his presidency begins under a cloud of suspicion. Senators from both parties this weekend called for a bipartisan panel to investigate Russian interference in the election. This isn’t the first time Russia has tried to affect our politics. America also has a long history of trying to sway elections. The U.S. has supported coups and revolutions; sent in troops; and used more subtle tactics to influence election results all over the world.

Guests:
Robert Paul Musgrave, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Squeezed in US, OxyContin manufacturer aims to make up profits overseas 8 MIN, 55 SEC

OxyContin was once a billion dollar seller for the pharmaceutical industry in the US. The drug helped kick off an opioid epidemic so widespread that President Obama called it a National Crisis. Top health officials have urged doctors to stop prescribing the drug, and the warnings have worked. OxyContin is now a dying brand in America, so one pharmaceutical company is taking the painkiller overseas.

Guests:
Harriet Ryan, LA Times

More:
OxyContin goes global — "We're only just getting started"

Sebastian Bach on heavy metal, musical theater, hair tips 14 MIN, 18 SEC

The singer Sebastian Bach once said he put the 'hair' in hair metal. Back in the '80s, his band Skid Row topped the charts. In the early '90s, grunge bands like Nirvana overtook metal. Years later, Skid Row replaced him. But Sebastian Bach didn’t stop singing. He turned to Broadway. He writes about this career change and much more in his new memoir, “18 and Life on Skid Row.”

Guests:
Sebastian Bach, Musician, Author

Zsa Zsa Gabor and her sisters: prototypes for the Kardashians? 5 MIN, 34 SEC

Zsa Zsa Gabor, one of the first celebrities who was famous simply for being famous, died this week at age 99. The Hungarian actress and socialite was renowned for her charm, wit and many husbands.

Guests:
Janine Rubenstein, People Magazine

Subscribe to the 5 Things To Do newsletter

Never miss the best of what to do with your free time.

 

More From Press Play with Madeleine Brand

LATEST BLOG POSTS

Upcoming

View Schedule

New Episodes

Events

View All Events

Podcast Survey
iTUNES SPOTIFY
AMAZON RDIO
FACEBOOK TWITTER

Player Embed Code

COPY EMBED