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.

Critics review “Spiral,” the ninth installment in the Saw film series, which follows a rookie detective and his veteran partner as they investigate a murder case; “Those Who Wish Me…

‘Oxygen’ star Melanie Laurent 'masterfully delivers' minimalist performance, says critic

Critics review “Spiral,” the ninth installment in the Saw film series, which follows a rookie detective and his veteran partner as they investigate a murder case; “Those Who Wish Me…

The pandemic pushed many at-home chefs to embrace a D.I.Y. approach to cooking like never before.

Evan Kleiman shares tips on pickling, fermenting at home

The pandemic pushed many at-home chefs to embrace a D.I.Y. approach to cooking like never before.

Violence between Israelis and Palestinians escalated quickly this week, from air strikes to rocket attacks to street fighting.

Violence in Gaza escalates between Israelis and Palestinians, spreads to occupied West Bank

Violence between Israelis and Palestinians escalated quickly this week, from air strikes to rocket attacks to street fighting.

After the Parkland shooting, many survivors became gun control advocates and founded the March for Our Lives movement.

‘Us Kids’ documentary chronicles Parkland survivors-turned-gun control activists

After the Parkland shooting, many survivors became gun control advocates and founded the March for Our Lives movement.

“People are really excited about science.

‘Disordered Cosmos’ author on lack of diversity in college admissions and STEM fields

“People are really excited about science.

Hollywood Bowl shows in May and June will be socially distanced, then in July, capacity will likely expand to 67% of the venue’s 17,500 seats, says LA Phil CEO Chad Smith.

Hollywood Bowl is back this summer. LA Phil CEO shares what to expect

Hollywood Bowl shows in May and June will be socially distanced, then in July, capacity will likely expand to 67% of the venue’s 17,500 seats, says LA Phil CEO Chad Smith.

California has set an ambitious goal to be carbon neutral by 2045. One tool the state plans to use is a process called forest carbon offsets.

California’s carbon offset program might be pumping millions of tons CO2 into the air, new study says

California has set an ambitious goal to be carbon neutral by 2045. One tool the state plans to use is a process called forest carbon offsets.

On Tuesday, India reached a new COVID-19 death toll. In just one day, more than 4,000 people died, bringing the country’s total death toll to more than 250,000.

California’s South Asian community rallies support and supplies for Indian families amid COVID crisis

On Tuesday, India reached a new COVID-19 death toll. In just one day, more than 4,000 people died, bringing the country’s total death toll to more than 250,000.

Today Republican Liz Cheney was ousted from her position as Wyoming’s Congresswoman — after her continued criticism of former President Donald Trump and his claim that the 2020…

Trump is still in charge of Republicans, says GOP strategist after Cheney ousting

Today Republican Liz Cheney was ousted from her position as Wyoming’s Congresswoman — after her continued criticism of former President Donald Trump and his claim that the 2020…

This week, 44 state attorneys general urged Facebook to scrap its plan to develop Instagram Youth.

Instagram version for kids? Parents and lawmakers worry about mental health, privacy, and predators

This week, 44 state attorneys general urged Facebook to scrap its plan to develop Instagram Youth.

“Hamilton,” “The Lion King” and “Wicked” announced today they will open on September 14. More will follow.

Broadway is back at full capacity this September. How will cast, crew, and audiences stay safe?

“Hamilton,” “The Lion King” and “Wicked” announced today they will open on September 14. More will follow.

In the three-part Hulu docuseries “Sasquatch,” investigative journalist David Holthouse unravels the legend of Bigfoot and looks at the explosion of the cannabis business in…

Was Bigfoot behind the grisly murders in California’s weed country? Hulu’s ‘Sasquatch’ series investigates

In the three-part Hulu docuseries “Sasquatch,” investigative journalist David Holthouse unravels the legend of Bigfoot and looks at the explosion of the cannabis business in…

By the end of Trump’s presidency, the cap on how many refugees could be admitted to the U.S. each year was down to 15,000.

Why immigrant advocate Xavier Becerra advised Biden to keep Trump policy of accepting small number of refugees

By the end of Trump’s presidency, the cap on how many refugees could be admitted to the U.S. each year was down to 15,000.

On Monday, the FDA authorized the use of the Pfzier vaccine for kids between ages 12 and 15. The CDC is expected on Wednesday to approve the move.

Kids ages 12-15 can be vaccinated — should they? Some parents are skeptical

On Monday, the FDA authorized the use of the Pfzier vaccine for kids between ages 12 and 15. The CDC is expected on Wednesday to approve the move.

In March, hundreds of people protested the city’s decision to remove a homeless encampment along Echo Park Lake.

Homeless camp at Echo Park Lake was dismantled for park repairs. What happened to people living there?

In March, hundreds of people protested the city’s decision to remove a homeless encampment along Echo Park Lake.

Last week, Axios broke news that the White House might consider LA Mayor Eric Garcetti for a high-profile diplomatic post: ambassador to India.

What happens if Eric Garcetti leaves as LA mayor to become ambassador to India?

Last week, Axios broke news that the White House might consider LA Mayor Eric Garcetti for a high-profile diplomatic post: ambassador to India.

Newsom unveiled a plan today that would allow two-thirds of Californians to receive $600 stimulus checks, and some families with children would get $1100 checks.

$600 checks coming to many residents under Newsom’s ‘California Comeback Plan,’ thanks to budget surplus

Newsom unveiled a plan today that would allow two-thirds of Californians to receive $600 stimulus checks, and some families with children would get $1100 checks.

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk guest hosted “Saturday Night Live” on May 8.

The cultural relevance of SNL after Elon Musk makes a guest appearance

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk guest hosted “Saturday Night Live” on May 8.

Filmmaker Lisa Rovner talks about the influence of war on electronic sounds, the innovations wrought by unsung female auteurs, and how synthesizers liberated women from the patriarchal…

‘Sisters with Transistors’: The untold story of how women shaped electronic music as we know it

Filmmaker Lisa Rovner talks about the influence of war on electronic sounds, the innovations wrought by unsung female auteurs, and how synthesizers liberated women from the patriarchal…

Critics review “Wrath of Man,” director Guy Ritchie’s latest action-thriller starring Jason Statham as a mysterious security guard; “The Story of a Three Day Pass,” a restoration of…

‘Street Gang’ presses ‘nostalgia buttons’ to show the making of iconic kids’ show ‘Sesame Street,’ says critic

Critics review “Wrath of Man,” director Guy Ritchie’s latest action-thriller starring Jason Statham as a mysterious security guard; “The Story of a Three Day Pass,” a restoration of…