00:00:00 | 3:02:50




We start in San Diego County with a look at a scandal-plagued, still undecided congressional race. Next, economic numbers look good, so why aren’t Americans feeling optimistic about the job market? Then, we hear from the new L.A. County Sheriff-elect, Jim McDonnell, about his plans to reform and restore public faith in the department. In our weekly film roundup, a look at Interstellar and this weekend’s other box office offerings. And finally, the latest on a yesterday’s international sweep that took down hundreds of websites selling illegal drugs.

Scandal-Ridden San Diego Election Still Undecided 9 MIN, 47 SEC

Scandals are swirling around one of the nation’s most closely watched congressional races, a race that’s still undecided as election week ends. In San Diego County, incumbent Democrat Scott Peters is trying to hang onto the seat he won just two years ago. If challenger Carl DeMaio wins, he’ll be the first openly gay Republican in Congress. But DeMaio has been accused of sexual harassment and other misdeeds by former staffers.

Laura Wingard, news editor at KPBS in San Diego (@laura_wingard)

Economy Improving, So Why Don’t We Feel It? 7 MIN, 39 SEC

On paper, economic numbers in the U.S. look good. Today’s unemployment rate is down to 5.8 percent and that’s just one example of positive economic reports. But exit polls from Tuesday’s election show the economy was voters’ number one concern. We take a closer look at exactly what kinds of jobs are being created, and why there’s such a disconnect between the big economic picture and the day-to-day life of average Americans.

Catherine Rampell, Washington Post (@crampell)

Sheriff-Elect Jim McDonnell 8 MIN, 30 SEC

Los Angeles County voted in a new sheriff this week and Sheriff-Elect Jim McDonnell has his work cut out for him: He’s inheriting a department in the middle of a federal investigation into corruption and civil rights abuses, and six onetime deputies were recently convicted of obstructing the probe. We talk to McDonnell about the changes he’s planning to make.

Jim McDonnell, Los Angeles County Sheriff (@LACoSheriff)

Space, Science and Cartoon Robots 12 MIN, 46 SEC

One of the most highly-anticipated films of the year is out today, Interstellar. We look at week’s new releases in our movie roundup.

Devin Faraci, Badass Digest (@devincf)
Alicia Malone, host of Turner Classic Movies and FilmStruck (@aliciamalone)

The New Silk Roads 7 MIN, 18 SEC

More than 400 web addresses selling illegal drugs were shut down in a major international crackdown that spanned 17 countries. One of the sites taken down was the Silk Road 2; its alleged operator is facing charges of narcotics trafficking, computer hacking and conspiracy. We look at the latest in the investigation.

Andy Greenberg, Wired magazine (@a_greenberg)

Police take down Dark Web markets around the globe

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 From KCRW

View Schedule


View All Events


Player Embed Code