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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.

In his letter to Congress, U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr wrote that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report showed no Russian collusion during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Analyzing Attorney General Barr’s decision to not pursue obstruction of justice charges against Trump

In his letter to Congress, U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr wrote that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report showed no Russian collusion during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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Many people on the left are disappointed with Robert Mueller’s report.  There was a nearly two year buildup to it.

What does the partial exoneration of Trump mean for the media?

Many people on the left are disappointed with Robert Mueller’s report.  There was a nearly two year buildup to it.

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We discuss “Heaven & Hell” by Vangelis, the theme song to Carl Sagan’s 1980 PBS series “Cosmos,” which is celebrating its 40th anniversary next year; “Desire” by Talk Talk, whose lead…

Music inspired by current events, including the 50th anniversary of Woodstock

We discuss “Heaven & Hell” by Vangelis, the theme song to Carl Sagan’s 1980 PBS series “Cosmos,” which is celebrating its 40th anniversary next year; “Desire” by Talk Talk, whose lead…

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The top college basketball teams advanced to the Sweet 16 of the men’s NCAA. The standout player this year is Zion Williamson from Duke University.

All eyes are on Zion Williamson as Duke advances in March Madness

The top college basketball teams advanced to the Sweet 16 of the men’s NCAA. The standout player this year is Zion Williamson from Duke University.

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In his letter to Congress, U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr wrote that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report showed no Russian collusion during the 2016 presidential campaign.

What is obstruction of justice?

In his letter to Congress, U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr wrote that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report showed no Russian collusion during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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In the wake of the college admissions scandal, wealthy parents, students, and coaches have to face the fact they might end up in prison.

The prison consulting gig: Helping white collar criminals face the music

In the wake of the college admissions scandal, wealthy parents, students, and coaches have to face the fact they might end up in prison.

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President Trump tweeted yesterday that it is time for the U.S. to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Israel took that land from Syria in 1967.

Ahead of Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Washington, where do US-Israeli relations stand?

President Trump tweeted yesterday that it is time for the U.S. to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Israel took that land from Syria in 1967.

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It’s been nearly four months since Alex Villanueva was sworn in as the 33rd Sheriff of Los Angeles County.

LA Sheriff Alex Villanueva on his mistakes, and violence at the county jail

It’s been nearly four months since Alex Villanueva was sworn in as the 33rd Sheriff of Los Angeles County.

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It’s been nearly four months since Alex Villanueva was sworn in as sheriff of LA County. He campaigned on a message of “reform, rebuild and restore.”

LA Sheriff Alex Villanueva on his mistakes and what’s next

It’s been nearly four months since Alex Villanueva was sworn in as sheriff of LA County. He campaigned on a message of “reform, rebuild and restore.”

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Our critics review Jordan Peele’s “Us,” a thriller starring Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke, about a family that gets terrorized at their beachfront home by doppelgängers;  “Hotel…

How accurately does ‘Hotel Mumbai’ retell the 2008 terrorist attack on the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel?

Our critics review Jordan Peele’s “Us,” a thriller starring Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke, about a family that gets terrorized at their beachfront home by doppelgängers;  “Hotel…

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Three-quarters of American adults need glasses. A new pair can cost hundreds of dollars- part of a $100 billion industry. We learn how eyewear companies are manipulating the market.

Why are your glasses so expensive?

Three-quarters of American adults need glasses. A new pair can cost hundreds of dollars- part of a $100 billion industry. We learn how eyewear companies are manipulating the market.

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Candace Owens is a conservative black activist and communications director for the conservative student group called Turning Point.

Conservative activist Candace Owens calls for African Americans to leave the Democratic party

Candace Owens is a conservative black activist and communications director for the conservative student group called Turning Point.

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President Trump today signed an executive order directing colleges and universities to support free speech, threating to pull their federal funding.

Trump takes aim at UC Berkeley over free speech rights of protestors

President Trump today signed an executive order directing colleges and universities to support free speech, threating to pull their federal funding.

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Diamonds are a finite resource, so companies like De Beers are learning to make their own diamonds.

Diamonds are not forever: The diamond market turns to synthetics

Diamonds are a finite resource, so companies like De Beers are learning to make their own diamonds.

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Youtube videos about celery juice have gained millions of views over the last few months. The juice is made with just celery and nothing else.

How celery juice became the latest wellness craze

Youtube videos about celery juice have gained millions of views over the last few months. The juice is made with just celery and nothing else.

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California has a surplus of abortion doctors. So some are commuting to states where it’s difficult to find an abortion provider, like Texas, Arizona, and Florida.

California doctors are traveling to other states to perform abortions

California has a surplus of abortion doctors. So some are commuting to states where it’s difficult to find an abortion provider, like Texas, Arizona, and Florida.

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California has a surplus of abortion doctors. Some are commuting to states where it’s difficult to find an abortion provider, like Texas, Arizona, and Florida.

Why some California doctors are traveling out of state to perform abortions

California has a surplus of abortion doctors. Some are commuting to states where it’s difficult to find an abortion provider, like Texas, Arizona, and Florida.

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Garbage lead singer Shirley Manson and other LA-based women artists will perform the work of Yoko Ono on Friday at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Rock star Shirley Manson on why Yoko Ono inspires her

Garbage lead singer Shirley Manson and other LA-based women artists will perform the work of Yoko Ono on Friday at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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A new exhibit at The Broad is called “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963−1983.”

‘Soul of a Nation’ at The Broad celebrates black artists

A new exhibit at The Broad is called “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963−1983.”

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The Watts Uprising of 1965 left 34 people dead. Most of the news coverage at the time was by white people who didn't understand the neighborhood.

A look at black films that came out of the 1965 Watts Uprising

The Watts Uprising of 1965 left 34 people dead. Most of the news coverage at the time was by white people who didn't understand the neighborhood.

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