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.

Virus, pandemic, and public health movies have rocketed to the top of streaming platforms’ algorithms as people are cooped up at home, social distancing and self-isolating.

Virus films like ‘Outbreak’ and ‘The Hot Zone’ offer serious lessons

Virus, pandemic, and public health movies have rocketed to the top of streaming platforms’ algorithms as people are cooped up at home, social distancing and self-isolating.

“It's a little bit surreal because obviously I've never lived through anything like this personally or professionally.

Into the 'unknown’: Nurse travels to NYC to treat coronavirus ICU patients

“It's a little bit surreal because obviously I've never lived through anything like this personally or professionally.

An estimated 37,000 medical professionals are needed to treat COVID-19 in hospitals across California.

California Health Corps to recruit med students, retired doctors and nurses to handle COVID-19

An estimated 37,000 medical professionals are needed to treat COVID-19 in hospitals across California.

In an announcement on Monday, the Sheriff’s Department said an inmate at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility tested positive for COVID-19, and that inmate was removed from his…

How COVID-19 is affecting California’s prison system after inmates, employees test positive

In an announcement on Monday, the Sheriff’s Department said an inmate at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility tested positive for COVID-19, and that inmate was removed from his…

Social distancing has put a strain on people who used to see each other often, like Cade Costic and his grandparents.

During isolation, Santa Clarita boy keeps in touch with grandparents through Ring

Social distancing has put a strain on people who used to see each other often, like Cade Costic and his grandparents.

Emmy Award-winning screenwriter Damon Lindelof (of “Lost” fame) created HBO’s “Watchmen,” which puts a modern spin on the 1987 graphic novel.

HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ gets political, divides comic book fans

Emmy Award-winning screenwriter Damon Lindelof (of “Lost” fame) created HBO’s “Watchmen,” which puts a modern spin on the 1987 graphic novel.

Grocery store workers nationwide are protesting this week, citing unsafe work conditions.

Amazon, Instacart grocery workers protest the lack of safe working conditions

Grocery store workers nationwide are protesting this week, citing unsafe work conditions.

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti talks about whether more places in LA will shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak, how much equipment the city still needs, when we’ll have a vaccine and…

Mayor Garcetti on when LA might return to ‘normalcy’ and have a COVID-19 vaccine

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti talks about whether more places in LA will shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak, how much equipment the city still needs, when we’ll have a vaccine and…

LA-based singer-songwriter Josh Ostrander (aka Mondo Cozmo) is facing a postponed tour and a paused career due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Songwriting while quarantined with LA musician Mondo Cozmo

LA-based singer-songwriter Josh Ostrander (aka Mondo Cozmo) is facing a postponed tour and a paused career due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

What will the end of the coronavirus pandemic look like, and what sacrifices are necessary to get there? Ed Yong, the Atlantic’s science writer, has thought a lot about that.

Ending coronavirus pandemic is global game of whack-a-mole, says Atlantic science writer

What will the end of the coronavirus pandemic look like, and what sacrifices are necessary to get there? Ed Yong, the Atlantic’s science writer, has thought a lot about that.

Italy is still facing a dire situation: More than 8,200 coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded. In Italy’s northern region, sirens are now a constant presence.

Thousands dead, leaders test positive: Europe still struggles to flatten coronavirus curve

Italy is still facing a dire situation: More than 8,200 coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded. In Italy’s northern region, sirens are now a constant presence.

For those who are anxious and fearful over the coronavirus outbreak, Rabbi Steve Leder says, "You cannot have a shadow unless the light is somehow shining behind whatever is…

Where there’s shadow, there’s light: LA rabbi helps us get through coronavirus fears

For those who are anxious and fearful over the coronavirus outbreak, Rabbi Steve Leder says, "You cannot have a shadow unless the light is somehow shining behind whatever is…

With theaters nationwide closed, we talk about what you can stream at home during the COVID-19 outbreak.   
  “   Crip Camp   ” is a documentary about a 1970s summer camp for teens…

‘Crip Camp,’ ‘Uncorked,’ ‘Vivarium’: What to stream during COVID-19

With theaters nationwide closed, we talk about what you can stream at home during the COVID-19 outbreak.  “ Crip Camp ” is a documentary about a 1970s summer camp for teens…

While California braces for another weekend at home, states nationwide are adapting different tactics during the COVID-19 outbreak.

New Orleans, Boston report COVID-19 spikes. Can US flatten curve without nationwide strategy?

While California braces for another weekend at home, states nationwide are adapting different tactics during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Many LA restaurants are offering takeout or delivery only. Some are now operating like grocery stores. Others are providing meals for health care workers on frontlines.

Dine-1-1 teams up with Josef Centeno and other chefs to feed health care workers

Many LA restaurants are offering takeout or delivery only. Some are now operating like grocery stores. Others are providing meals for health care workers on frontlines.

More than 3 million people filed for unemployment last week. The Senate has unanimously passed the $2 trillion stimulus bill. The House is expected to approve it on Friday.

With 3 million Americans out of work, will $2 trillion stimulus package be enough?

More than 3 million people filed for unemployment last week. The Senate has unanimously passed the $2 trillion stimulus bill. The House is expected to approve it on Friday.

COVID-19 is keeping a lot of people at home, basically twiddling their hopefully sanitized thumbs. Maybe it’s time to learn a craft?

Make quilts at home with the Quilting Cowboy from YouTube

COVID-19 is keeping a lot of people at home, basically twiddling their hopefully sanitized thumbs. Maybe it’s time to learn a craft?

One of the deadliest aspects of coronavirus is how it attacks the lungs. That’s why ventilators are so important.

2 Southern California doctors work to get more ventilators where they’re needed

One of the deadliest aspects of coronavirus is how it attacks the lungs. That’s why ventilators are so important.

Many people are staying home to curb the spread of coronavirus. We’re working, exercising, educating little ones, and caring for our partners and other family members – under one roof.

More conflict but more sex: Relationship advice for couples living together amid coronavirus

Many people are staying home to curb the spread of coronavirus. We’re working, exercising, educating little ones, and caring for our partners and other family members – under one roof.

Rebecca Gutierrez, PsyD, works at a suicide prevention center in Culver City.

One step at a time: Fighting loneliness during coronavirus social isolation

Rebecca Gutierrez, PsyD, works at a suicide prevention center in Culver City.