00:00:00 | 3:02:50




Today on Press Play, the American doctor being being treated for ebola was given an experimental drug that seems to have improved his condition. Why isn’t everyone with the disease getting this treatment? Is the VA over-treating PTSD? New evidence in the case of Cameron Todd Willingham who was executed in Texas for setting fire to his home and killing his children. The death of a man put in a chokehold by an NYPD officer has New York re-examining the Broken Windows policing policy -- how is it doing here in LA? And what’s data-driven sentencing: good idea/bad idea? Finally, on our weekly TV roundup, Netflix releases another season of “The Killing,” and a strangely puritanical view of sex on “The Bachelorette.”

Banner Image: Broken windows in abandoned cinema, illustrating the Broken Windows Theory by: Spitzruten

Treating Ebola 7 MIN, 49 SEC

An American doctor who was infected by ebola in Africa is now being treated in America. But before he left Africa, he was given an experimental drug that seems to have greatly improved his condition. Why isn’t that drug available to everyone infected with the disease? And scientists have come forward saying that the technology to develop an ebola vaccine exists. So why don’t we have an ebola vaccine?

Daniel Bausch, associate professor of tropical medicine at Tulane University.

PTSD Claims 8 MIN, 11 SEC

An LA Times investigative report finds that PTSD claims have exploded - and that many of those cases could be exaggerated or made up entirely. But is it better to over-treat PTSD than under-treat the condition?

Alan Zarembo, Investigative reporter for LA Times

As disability awards grow, so do concerns with veracity of PTSD claims

Texas Death Row Innocence 9 MIN, 8 SEC

Cameron Todd Willingham was convicted of killing his three daughters in Texas in 1992. He was charged with setting a house fire that killed the girls. And he was executed for the crime in 2004. But a jailhouse informant who was instrumental in convicting Willingham has now recanted his testimony. And the fire science used to convict him has since been debunked. 

David Grann, Author of “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” and “The Lost City of Z” ; The New Yorker

Fresh doubts over a Texas execution

Broken Windows 7 MIN, 42 SEC

When a New York man died during an altercation with police on July 17, outrage across the city erupted. And now that the man’s death has been ruled a homicide by the medical examiner, many are taking a step back to look at the broader policies that may have led to his death - the “Broken Windows” philosophy in particular.

Joe Domanick, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (@JohnJayCollege)

Data-driven Sentencing 6 MIN, 45 SEC

Attorney General Eric Holder recently came out against a practice called data-driven sentencing, saying that it results in racial disparities. States are increasingly using data-driven sentencing - a model that tries to predict the chances of a criminal reoffending - to determine the length of sentencing. But does data-driven sentencing come down harder on poor minorities than other offenders?

Adam Gelb, Pew Center (@abgelb)

TV Roundup 7 MIN, 43 SEC

Fans of “The Killing” stayed home this weekend to binge on the latest season, released in its entirety by Netflix on Friday. But are there actually any fans of “The Killing” left? And a show predicated entirely on sex, “The Bachelorette,” has a weirdly puritanical view of it.

Linda Holmes, NPR (@nprmonkeysee)

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