Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Host Madeleine Brand looks at news, culture and emerging trends through the lens of Los Angeles.

Evan Kleiman gives two recipes for making vegetarian "meatballs."

How to make tiny croquettes — meatless meatballs — ample and flavorful

Evan Kleiman gives two recipes for making vegetarian "meatballs."

"I wear the same stuff firefighters wear. So yellow Nomex suit, helmet, goggles, boots, gloves, fire shelter. I drive a four-wheel drive vehicle. I bring a chainsaw.

From headshots to blazing infernos: Photographer Josh Edelson gets up close to CA wildfires

"I wear the same stuff firefighters wear. So yellow Nomex suit, helmet, goggles, boots, gloves, fire shelter. I drive a four-wheel drive vehicle. I bring a chainsaw.

At Oracle Park on Thursday night, the Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants in the final moment — due to an umpire call against the Giants that even the most die-hard Dodger fans say…

LA Dodgers beat SF Giants in 9th inning showdown, advance to the NLCS

At Oracle Park on Thursday night, the Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants in the final moment — due to an umpire call against the Giants that even the most die-hard Dodger fans say…

“The Rescue” is a new documentary about the international effort to save a young boys’ soccer team and their coach who were stranded inside a Thailand cave during a monsoon in summer…

‘The Rescue’ dives into the international effort to save 12 Thai boys and their coach in 2018

“The Rescue” is a new documentary about the international effort to save a young boys’ soccer team and their coach who were stranded inside a Thailand cave during a monsoon in summer…

Critics review “The Last Duel,” a medieval epic with an added #MeToo plotline that explores life as a woman in the 14th century; “Introducing, Selma Blair,” a documentary that follows…

‘Halloween Kills’ is juvenile and ‘textbook example of franchise fatigue,’ says critic

Critics review “The Last Duel,” a medieval epic with an added #MeToo plotline that explores life as a woman in the 14th century; “Introducing, Selma Blair,” a documentary that follows…

Nearly two weeks have passed since news broke about an oil spill off the coast of Huntington Beach.

Why certain sea creatures flourish at the site of the OC oil spill

Nearly two weeks have passed since news broke about an oil spill off the coast of Huntington Beach.

"Will they lose a few [students]? Perhaps. But this shouldn't affect the overall decisions to go. I think USC may pay more of a price in faculty than in students," says Scott Jaschik.

How might USC’s scandals affect its reputation and people’s decisions to study or work there?

"Will they lose a few [students]? Perhaps. But this shouldn't affect the overall decisions to go. I think USC may pay more of a price in faculty than in students," says Scott Jaschik.

LA City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas faces 20 federal charges of conspiracy, bribery, mail, and wire fraud — all connected to an alleged scheme with Marilyn Louise Flynn, the former…

Mark Ridley-Thomas indictment will shock nonprofit world and homelessness advocates, says City Council reporter

LA City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas faces 20 federal charges of conspiracy, bribery, mail, and wire fraud — all connected to an alleged scheme with Marilyn Louise Flynn, the former…

President Biden’s average approval rating has dropped from a high of 55% in late March and April to about 44% now, and those ratings are dropping quickest among Black and Latino…

Biden’s approval rating sinks to Trump territory — due to Afghanistan withdrawal, refugee crisis, and more

President Biden’s average approval rating has dropped from a high of 55% in late March and April to about 44% now, and those ratings are dropping quickest among Black and Latino…

The Holocaust Museum in LA’s Pan Pacific Park is partially underground, and the roof is covered in grass, so it blends in with the surrounding park.

LA Holocaust Museum gets an expansion, UCLA students can try ‘sleeping pods’ to avoid commutes

The Holocaust Museum in LA’s Pan Pacific Park is partially underground, and the roof is covered in grass, so it blends in with the surrounding park.

Rodger Healy has worked in the commercial lobster industry for 34 years, and he says lobster catchers in Dana Point will probably lose hundreds of thousands of dollars.

After OC oil spill, lobster fishers have no direct way of recuperating the money lost this season

Rodger Healy has worked in the commercial lobster industry for 34 years, and he says lobster catchers in Dana Point will probably lose hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“The big question here is: Who can they find to really take this league and make sure players are safe, make sure the league stays alive?”

Whether 10-year-old National Women’s Soccer League can survive abuse allegations surrounding coaches

“The big question here is: Who can they find to really take this league and make sure players are safe, make sure the league stays alive?”

President Biden announced today that the Port of Los Angeles is going to operate around-the-clock to try to ease some of the supply chain issues.

Biden wants Port of LA to work 24/7 to relieve supply chain congestion, as holidays approach

President Biden announced today that the Port of Los Angeles is going to operate around-the-clock to try to ease some of the supply chain issues.

Californians suffering most from extreme heat live in Southern California and the Central Valley, like Riverside and Bakersfield, says LA Times environmental reporter Anna Phillips.

Human death toll from heat was 6 times higher than what the state reported, LA Times investigation finds

Californians suffering most from extreme heat live in Southern California and the Central Valley, like Riverside and Bakersfield, says LA Times environmental reporter Anna Phillips.

Strong winds from Monday night helped fan the Alisal Fire north of Santa Barbara, which has burned thousands of acres and is uncontained as of noon today.

After all this extreme wind in SoCal, expect temps to rise 10-20 degrees, says former JPL climatologist

Strong winds from Monday night helped fan the Alisal Fire north of Santa Barbara, which has burned thousands of acres and is uncontained as of noon today.

“It seems to suggest that chasing money at any cost is dehumanizing. And when your humanity goes into violence, where is your moral compass?

Why is ‘Squid Game’ so popular? More people can relate to financial desperation of pandemic, says culture critic

“It seems to suggest that chasing money at any cost is dehumanizing. And when your humanity goes into violence, where is your moral compass?

Jon Gruden has resigned as the Las Vegas Raiders’ head coach — after the New York Times detailed homophobic and misogynist remarks he used for years to mock people tied to the game,…

Raiders coach Jon Gruden loses his job over offensive email exchanges

Jon Gruden has resigned as the Las Vegas Raiders’ head coach — after the New York Times detailed homophobic and misogynist remarks he used for years to mock people tied to the game,…

Southwest Airlines has canceled nearly 2500 flights since Friday.

Southwest cancels mass flights, fights with union over vax mandate. What does this mean for holiday travelers?

Southwest Airlines has canceled nearly 2500 flights since Friday.

Abortion rights advocates nationwide cheered when a federal judge blocked Texas’ strict abortion law last week. But that celebration was short-lived.

Texas’ abortion law is on again, off again. What’s the current court ruling?

Abortion rights advocates nationwide cheered when a federal judge blocked Texas’ strict abortion law last week. But that celebration was short-lived.

The LA Dodgers are continuing their battle today against the San Francisco Giants for a spot in this year’s World Series — a showdown that some are calling the most exciting match-up…

Can LA Dodgers beat SF Giants and make it to the World Series?

The LA Dodgers are continuing their battle today against the San Francisco Giants for a spot in this year’s World Series — a showdown that some are calling the most exciting match-up…