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.

The Glass House won’t reopen until it can do so at 100% capacity, says Jon Halperi, talent buyer for the Pomona-based venue.

Indoor concerts can restart, but SoCal’s Glass House and the Soraya expect more challenges for months

The Glass House won’t reopen until it can do so at 100% capacity, says Jon Halperi, talent buyer for the Pomona-based venue.

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.

Michigan is the COVID-19 epicenter in the United States right now. The state has more than 7000 new cases per day, and hospitals are nearing capacity.

Michigan faces COVID crisis, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is at odds with both public health officials and local GOP

Michigan is the COVID-19 epicenter in the United States right now. The state has more than 7000 new cases per day, and hospitals are nearing capacity.

“An absolute monster,” “unhinged,” “a casual disregard for human rights.” These are some of the words The Hollywood Reporter used to describe mega producer Scott Rudin in a new story .

Mega producer Scott Rudin faces accusations of abuse. How did he avoid consequences for so long?

“An absolute monster,” “unhinged,” “a casual disregard for human rights.” These are some of the words The Hollywood Reporter used to describe mega producer Scott Rudin in a new story .

One out of three COVID-19 survivors may develop a severe mental health or psychiatric condition within six month of their initial diagnosis, according to new research from Oxford…

Psychiatric or neurological problem ails a third of COVID patients within 6 months of diagnosis: Oxford

One out of three COVID-19 survivors may develop a severe mental health or psychiatric condition within six month of their initial diagnosis, according to new research from Oxford…

Late Friday night, the Supreme Court ruled that California cannot prevent people from gathering in homes for religious services.

Why Supreme Court is fast-tracking religious freedom cases on its ‘shadow docket’

Late Friday night, the Supreme Court ruled that California cannot prevent people from gathering in homes for religious services.

The vote drew national attention as organizers pushed to create the first union at an American Amazon facility.

Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama rejected a union drive. What happens now for the online retail giant?

The vote drew national attention as organizers pushed to create the first union at an American Amazon facility.

Eating disorders jumped in the last year as more young people spent time on screens, according to new research from UC San Francisco.

Eating disorders among teens are up during COVID. Pediatrician offers tips on what to watch for

Eating disorders jumped in the last year as more young people spent time on screens, according to new research from UC San Francisco.

In California, more than 44,000 people are in jail without having been convicted. Some have been there for years, waiting to go to trial.

Why some California inmates are waiting up to 12 years for their day in court: CalMatters investigation

In California, more than 44,000 people are in jail without having been convicted. Some have been there for years, waiting to go to trial.

The last gray wolf in California was killed nearly a century ago, ridding the state of one of its natural predators. But in 2015, a female wolf was spotted in Lassen County.

After a century, gray wolves return to California. Local ranchers aren’t thrilled

The last gray wolf in California was killed nearly a century ago, ridding the state of one of its natural predators. But in 2015, a female wolf was spotted in Lassen County.

Facebook is embroiled in yet another data privacy scandal.

Half a billion Facebook users were hacked. Should we care about yet another data breach?

Facebook is embroiled in yet another data privacy scandal.

Pulmonologist Dr. Martin Tobin testified this morning in the trial against former Minneapolis police officer Dereck Chauvin, the man accused of killing George Floyd. He said, “Mr.

In week 2, how Derek Chauvin’s trial proves to be different from all other police trials

Pulmonologist Dr. Martin Tobin testified this morning in the trial against former Minneapolis police officer Dereck Chauvin, the man accused of killing George Floyd. He said, “Mr.

A kelp forest off the coast of Northern California is practically gone. An estimated 95% of it has vanished over the last eight years.

California coastal kelp forests are dying. The culprit? Warm waters and purple sea urchins

A kelp forest off the coast of Northern California is practically gone. An estimated 95% of it has vanished over the last eight years.

After another dry year, drought is coming back to California. The state’s largest reservoirs are half full and the wet season ended last week.

California faces new drought, but Southern California might avoid water restrictions

After another dry year, drought is coming back to California. The state’s largest reservoirs are half full and the wet season ended last week.

A lot of great art came out of the last pandemic — AIDS. Much of it was political and created by people directly affected, such as Keith Haring and David Wojnarowicz.

David Wojnarowicz polarized the art world and US politics during AIDS epidemic. New film looks at his work

A lot of great art came out of the last pandemic — AIDS. Much of it was political and created by people directly affected, such as Keith Haring and David Wojnarowicz.

California is poised to reopen on June 15, but there are some caveats to the plan.

Does California’s June reopening plan signal a return to normal?

California is poised to reopen on June 15, but there are some caveats to the plan.

The Long Beach City Council voted unanimously last night to make the Long Beach Convention Center a temporary shelter for migrant children.

Migrant kids will be sheltered in Long Beach, following San Diego’s lead

The Long Beach City Council voted unanimously last night to make the Long Beach Convention Center a temporary shelter for migrant children.