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.

"I found them all actually relevant to the pandemic.

How Oscar-nominated animated shorts delve into the pandemic psyche

"I found them all actually relevant to the pandemic.

"It is incredibly uncommon for a defendant to testify in a trial because testifying is fraught with peril for a defendant.

Why didn’t Derek Chauvin testify in his trial, and will the jury hold it against him?

"It is incredibly uncommon for a defendant to testify in a trial because testifying is fraught with peril for a defendant.

Stanford started a study this week to find the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine dosage for kids under age 12.

Safe COVID vaccine for kids? Stanford researchers are working to make it happen in Pfizer study

Stanford started a study this week to find the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine dosage for kids under age 12.

The film “Sound of Metal” focuses on experiencing hearing loss and navigating the world afterward. It has six Academy Award nominations this year, including for Best Sound.

Oscar contender ‘Sound of Metal’: What happens when a musician loses his hearing

The film “Sound of Metal” focuses on experiencing hearing loss and navigating the world afterward. It has six Academy Award nominations this year, including for Best Sound.

The country’s strategy surrounded physical distancing, limiting large gatherings, and staying home while you’re sick.

Sweden refused to lock down during the pandemic. How is the country faring now?

The country’s strategy surrounded physical distancing, limiting large gatherings, and staying home while you’re sick.

Critics review “Monday,” about two Americans who meet in Athens, Greece and enjoy a passionate vacation romance; “Gunda,” a black-and-white film about a pig who recently gave birth to…

‘Gunda’ is enthralling with just farm animals and no narration or music, says critic

Critics review “Monday,” about two Americans who meet in Athens, Greece and enjoy a passionate vacation romance; “Gunda,” a black-and-white film about a pig who recently gave birth to…

California’s elementary and middle school students, English learners, and students from low-income backgrounds saw significant learning losses in math and English after more than a…

As kids return to physical classes, how can they recover from pandemic Zoom school?

California’s elementary and middle school students, English learners, and students from low-income backgrounds saw significant learning losses in math and English after more than a…

Whether crispy or crunchy, hot with chile or sweet with honey, fried chicken is found all over the world. And luckily we have a world of choices right here in Southern California.

Evan Kleiman’s top fried chicken spots in SoCal: Pikunico, Honey’s Kettle, Golden Bird, and more

Whether crispy or crunchy, hot with chile or sweet with honey, fried chicken is found all over the world. And luckily we have a world of choices right here in Southern California.

This year kicked off with an alarming rise in shootings in Los Angeles, according to the LAPD’s public stats. Homicides are up, robberies are down, rapes are down, car thefts are up.

Why some violent crimes are up in LA: Combo of COVID and nation’s long history with guns

This year kicked off with an alarming rise in shootings in Los Angeles, according to the LAPD’s public stats. Homicides are up, robberies are down, rapes are down, car thefts are up.

President Joe Biden today announced his plan to fully withdraw American troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021.

Biden to pull troops from war in Afghanistan. Photojournalist Lynsey Addario feels conflicted

President Joe Biden today announced his plan to fully withdraw American troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021.

Canada has more new daily cases of COVID-19 per capita than the US. That country’s population is only a fraction of ours. In fact, more people live in California than Canada.

Canada is reeling from COVID third wave, CDC tells fully vaccinated Americans to not travel there

Canada has more new daily cases of COVID-19 per capita than the US. That country’s population is only a fraction of ours. In fact, more people live in California than Canada.

“When you grab a taser, it feels like a handgun. It's got a pistol grip.

After the killing of Daunte Wright in Minnesota, a look at how an officer can mix up a gun with a taser

“When you grab a taser, it feels like a handgun. It's got a pistol grip.

The owners of ArcLight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres said on Monday that none of their locations would be returning after the COVID-19 pandemic.

ArcLight and Cinerama Dome are closing for good. Here’s a tribute to the beloved venues

The owners of ArcLight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres said on Monday that none of their locations would be returning after the COVID-19 pandemic.

In her new book, Stacy Michelson reveals that Americans eat more avocados on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day, and mochi ice cream was invented in LA.

‘Eat This Book’: LA artist Stacy Michelson brings her unique drawings and fun food facts to new book

In her new book, Stacy Michelson reveals that Americans eat more avocados on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day, and mochi ice cream was invented in LA.

Concert goers were rocking out at a nightclub in Romania in 2015, when a heavy metal band called Goodbye to Gravity was onstage. The liquor was flowing, the music was blaring.

Oscar nominee ‘Collective’: How journalists uncovered deep corruption in Romania’s health care system

Concert goers were rocking out at a nightclub in Romania in 2015, when a heavy metal band called Goodbye to Gravity was onstage. The liquor was flowing, the music was blaring.

“It’s a little overkill to pause, as opposed to what the EU did with a similar side effect with AstraZeneca, which is just for now restrict it to using among older people,” says Monica…

Be cautious, don’t panic: Infectious disease doctor on US pausing Johnson and Johnson vaccine

“It’s a little overkill to pause, as opposed to what the EU did with a similar side effect with AstraZeneca, which is just for now restrict it to using among older people,” says Monica…

Protestors took to the streets on Sunday night in Brooklyn Center, a suburb of Minneapolis, after another police killing of a Black person.

Following Daunte Wright’s shooting death, a look at Minnesota’s long history of officer-involved killings

Protestors took to the streets on Sunday night in Brooklyn Center, a suburb of Minneapolis, after another police killing of a Black person.

The South African variant of COVID-19 might be able to “break through” the Pfizer vaccine. That’s according to a new study from Tel Aviv University.

South African variant can evade some protections from Pfizer vaccine: New Israel study

The South African variant of COVID-19 might be able to “break through” the Pfizer vaccine. That’s according to a new study from Tel Aviv University.

Critics review “Voyagers,” about a group of genetically engineered teenagers in outer space; “Thunder Force,” a Netflix original comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer as…

‘Thunder Force’ was set up to be smart but it ‘swung and missed at every single opportunity,’ says critic

Critics review “Voyagers,” about a group of genetically engineered teenagers in outer space; “Thunder Force,” a Netflix original comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer as…

The season brings vegetables to market like sugar snaps, English peas, asparagus and artichokes.

Evan Kleiman’s favorite spring season recipes: Get creative with asparagus, artichokes, peas

The season brings vegetables to market like sugar snaps, English peas, asparagus and artichokes.