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Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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

Venezuelan security forces opened fire on a group of protestors today at the Brazilian border – a day after President Nicolas Maduro ordered all crossings at the Brazil border closed.

In Venezuela, conflict intensifies over opening the border to humanitarian aid

Venezuelan security forces opened fire on a group of protestors today at the Brazilian border – a day after President Nicolas Maduro ordered all crossings at the Brazil border closed.

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Our critics review “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” the third installment in the DreamWorks Animation franchise; “Paddleton,” about an unlikely friendship between two…

In ‘Paddleton,’ bromance and coping with cancer

Our critics review “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” the third installment in the DreamWorks Animation franchise; “Paddleton,” about an unlikely friendship between two…

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Nearly 200 Catholic bishops and high-ranking clergy are in Vatican City for a meeting on child sex abuse within the church -- and efforts that individual diocese around the world made…

Clergy address sexual abuse by priests and the Catholic Church’s history of covering it up

Nearly 200 Catholic bishops and high-ranking clergy are in Vatican City for a meeting on child sex abuse within the church -- and efforts that individual diocese around the world made…

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World on Wheels is a roller skating rink on Venice Blvd in Mid City. It was closed for years, and that meant the end to local African American skate culture.

Why African American roller skating culture is under siege

World on Wheels is a roller skating rink on Venice Blvd in Mid City. It was closed for years, and that meant the end to local African American skate culture.

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It’s something all Angelenos can agree on: traffic in Los Angeles is crazy making. Last year, drivers in LA averaged a    whopping 128 hours sitting in traffic   .

Is traffic driving you crazy?

It’s something all Angelenos can agree on: traffic in Los Angeles is crazy making. Last year, drivers in LA averaged a whopping 128 hours sitting in traffic .

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Coast Guard Lieutenant Christopher P. Hasson was arrested last week. He was a self-described white nationalist.

The link between the military, white supremacy, and violence

Coast Guard Lieutenant Christopher P. Hasson was arrested last week. He was a self-described white nationalist.

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Hillsong Church is leading a new evangelical movement, which has drawn many celebrities. Church members include Chris Pratt, Justin Bieber, Kendall Jenner, and Kevin Durant.

The rise of hipster evangelicals and Hillsong Church

Hillsong Church is leading a new evangelical movement, which has drawn many celebrities. Church members include Chris Pratt, Justin Bieber, Kendall Jenner, and Kevin Durant.

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Many successful directors, like George Lucas and Christopher Nolan, began their careers making short films. But shorts are more than just stepping stones to features.

Which documentary shorts are nominated for this year’s Oscars?

Many successful directors, like George Lucas and Christopher Nolan, began their careers making short films. But shorts are more than just stepping stones to features.

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You is a Lifetime production that first aired in September. It became popular after Netflix picked it up.

Why the stalker boyfriend in the TV show ‘You’ is appealing to women

You is a Lifetime production that first aired in September. It became popular after Netflix picked it up.

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Documentary filmmaker Talal Derki is Syrian, but several years ago, he fled that country and now lives in Berlin. But he wanted to know why his country had descended into chaos.

In ‘Of Fathers and Sons,’ what it’s like living among terrorists

Documentary filmmaker Talal Derki is Syrian, but several years ago, he fled that country and now lives in Berlin. But he wanted to know why his country had descended into chaos.

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It should come as no surprise that your phone is tracking you when you’re shopping online. But now you can be tracked based on where you go in the real world, like a political rally.

Political candidates are learning a lot about you -- thanks to your phone tracking you

It should come as no surprise that your phone is tracking you when you’re shopping online. But now you can be tracked based on where you go in the real world, like a political rally.

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America’s health care system is by one of the world’s most expensive. One reason for the high cost: pricey medical schools.

Will free med school help lower America’s health care costs?

America’s health care system is by one of the world’s most expensive. One reason for the high cost: pricey medical schools.

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Karl Lagerfeld died today. He was 85. His career spanned seven decades, and he’s credited with turning Chanel from a struggling brand into a fashion powerhouse.

Remembering fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld died today. He was 85. His career spanned seven decades, and he’s credited with turning Chanel from a struggling brand into a fashion powerhouse.

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We look at new music: “Albatross” by    Westerman   , a British musician with a show coming up in LA; “Seconds” by    LCD Soundsystem   , who famously broke up in 2011, then got back…

New music by LCD Soundsystem and UK artists

We look at new music: “Albatross” by Westerman , a British musician with a show coming up in LA; “Seconds” by LCD Soundsystem , who famously broke up in 2011, then got back…

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders announced this morning he’s entering the 2020 presidential race, bringing the Democratic candidate count to 12.

How does Bernie Sanders stack against other 2020 Democratic presidential candidates?

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders announced this morning he’s entering the 2020 presidential race, bringing the Democratic candidate count to 12.

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Louis C.K. and Aziz Ansari are back on tour after taking months off after accusations of sexual misconduct. Their shows are selling out all over the country.

What’s changed in the comedy industry after #MeToo?

Louis C.K. and Aziz Ansari are back on tour after taking months off after accusations of sexual misconduct. Their shows are selling out all over the country.

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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and attorneys general from 15 other states want to block President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border.

California Attorney General sues Trump over national emergency declaration

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and attorneys general from 15 other states want to block President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border.

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Marvel’s “Black Panther” made history last year as the first big budget superhero movie with a black director and a predominantly black cast.

How Best Picture nominee ‘Black Panther’ is a rebuke to white supremacy

Marvel’s “Black Panther” made history last year as the first big budget superhero movie with a black director and a predominantly black cast.

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Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk” is nominated for several Oscars this year. Adapted from a James Baldwin novel, the movie is a love story between young Tish and Fonny.

Barry Jenkins adapts James Baldwin’s ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk” is nominated for several Oscars this year. Adapted from a James Baldwin novel, the movie is a love story between young Tish and Fonny.

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The Coen brothers have a knack for elevating character actors to leading men. They did it with actor Tim Blake Nelson in “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” where he played Delmar O'Donnell.

Tim Blake Nelson on ‘Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ and being the Coen brothers’ muse of sorts

The Coen brothers have a knack for elevating character actors to leading men. They did it with actor Tim Blake Nelson in “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” where he played Delmar O'Donnell.

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