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.

Teflon, the nonstick pan coating made by DuPont, was originally praised as a great American innovation. But the chemical used to make it was toxic.

In ‘Dark Waters,’ lawyer exposes corporation secretly poisoning Americans for profit

Teflon, the nonstick pan coating made by DuPont, was originally praised as a great American innovation. But the chemical used to make it was toxic.

Alison Roman has a knack for making her recipes go viral, even something as simple as a    chickpea stew    or    chocolate chip cookies   .

Chef Alison Roman on cooking unfussy food when having people over

Alison Roman has a knack for making her recipes go viral, even something as simple as a chickpea stew or chocolate chip cookies .

Last night, the top 10 Democratic candidates for president met in Atlanta for their fifth debate. Women outnumbered men on the stage, partly because all the moderators were women.

Latest Democratic debate: women’s edition

Last night, the top 10 Democratic candidates for president met in Atlanta for their fifth debate. Women outnumbered men on the stage, partly because all the moderators were women.

Fiona Hill, former senior director on Russia at the National Security Council, testified this morning before the House Intelligence Committee.  She took Republicans to task for…

Impeachment inquiry public hearings: What we’ve learned over the past 2 weeks

Fiona Hill, former senior director on Russia at the National Security Council, testified this morning before the House Intelligence Committee.  She took Republicans to task for…

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was formally indicted today on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.

Netanyahu indicted amid major political paralysis in Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was formally indicted today on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.

Disney+ has been up and running for a week. It’s a vault of almost every Disney movie and TV show, spanning more than 80 years.

Disney+ reminds viewers of the studio's culturally insensitive past

Disney+ has been up and running for a week. It’s a vault of almost every Disney movie and TV show, spanning more than 80 years.

Governor Gavin Newsom announced another investigation this week that could set back the oil industry.

Gov. Newsom blocks new fracking, pending scientific review

Governor Gavin Newsom announced another investigation this week that could set back the oil industry.

Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, gave a bombshell testimony this morning. He said there was a quid pro quo in dealings with Ukraine.

Ambassador Gordon Sondland's testimony: Everyone was 'in the loop'

Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, gave a bombshell testimony this morning. He said there was a quid pro quo in dealings with Ukraine.

T oday while questioning Alexander Vindman on Hunter Biden’s alleged dealings in Ukraine, Congressman Devin Nunes said, “Did you know that financial records show a Ukranian natural gas…

Republicans push unorthodox theories in impeachment hearings

T oday while questioning Alexander Vindman on Hunter Biden’s alleged dealings in Ukraine, Congressman Devin Nunes said, “Did you know that financial records show a Ukranian natural gas…

Former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer says the U.S. has a broken government because corporations bought it.

Billionaire Tom Steyer on fixing ‘broken government’ as the next potential president

Former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer says the U.S. has a broken government because corporations bought it.

We analyze today’s public hearings of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

‘Unusual’ and ‘improper’: How two witnesses describe the Trump-Zelensky phone call

We analyze today’s public hearings of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

Abu Ghraib, CIA black sites, waterboarding. All those became household terms during the Bush administration and the War on Terror. But we didn’t really know what was going on.

‘The Report’ dramatizes CIA’s torture program during Bush administration

Abu Ghraib, CIA black sites, waterboarding. All those became household terms during the Bush administration and the War on Terror. But we didn’t really know what was going on.

Presidential candidates spend big money in California, and they fundraise big bucks too.

California as a piggy bank for presidential hopefuls

Presidential candidates spend big money in California, and they fundraise big bucks too.

The main event at the California Democratic Party Convention was a presidential town hall forum hosted by Spanish-language TV network Univision.

California voters: Who must candidates court, what do they care about?

The main event at the California Democratic Party Convention was a presidential town hall forum hosted by Spanish-language TV network Univision.

Impeachment is the elephant in the room at the California Democratic Party Convention.   
  Josh Barro, host of KCRW’s “Left, Right and Center,” believes impeachment matters very…

The role of impeachment in the 2020 election

Impeachment is the elephant in the room at the California Democratic Party Convention.  Josh Barro, host of KCRW’s “Left, Right and Center,” believes impeachment matters very…

The state’s primary is now March 3 -- moved up from June.

The state of the primary race in California

The state’s primary is now March 3 -- moved up from June.

Today’s impeachment hearing and the saga with Ukraine dominated the airwaves.

Roger Stone could spend the rest of his life in prison

Today’s impeachment hearing and the saga with Ukraine dominated the airwaves.

Maybe you’ve seen Jenny Slate on TV series such as “Saturday Night Live” and “Parks and Recreation,” and in films like “Venom” and “Obvious Child.”

Comedian Jenny Slate on overcoming stage fright, and being herself again after divorce

Maybe you’ve seen Jenny Slate on TV series such as “Saturday Night Live” and “Parks and Recreation,” and in films like “Venom” and “Obvious Child.”

A powerful moment during this morning’s impeachment hearing: House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff informed Marie Yovanovich, former U.S.

Impeachment round-up and analysis: Marie Yovanovich testifies

A powerful moment during this morning’s impeachment hearing: House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff informed Marie Yovanovich, former U.S.

Our critics review “Ford v Ferrari,” starring Matt Damon as a British race car driver and Christian Bale as his car designer, and together they build a historic vehicle for Ford Motor…

‘Ford v Ferrari’ feels like you’re in the driver’s seat

Our critics review “Ford v Ferrari,” starring Matt Damon as a British race car driver and Christian Bale as his car designer, and together they build a historic vehicle for Ford Motor…