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.

LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl talks about this COVID-19 surge, balancing the health crisis with the economic crisis, possible fines for not wearing masks, and mixed messaging…

‘People in LA County flunked.’ Sheila Kuehl on the return COVID closures

LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl talks about this COVID-19 surge, balancing the health crisis with the economic crisis, possible fines for not wearing masks, and mixed messaging…

John C.   Fremont was instrumental in California becoming a state. He was one of the first two senators. He was the first Republican candidate for president in 1856.

John Fremont played a key role in California becoming a state

John C. Fremont was instrumental in California becoming a state. He was one of the first two senators. He was the first Republican candidate for president in 1856.

Critics review “Hamilton,” a stage recording of Lin Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical, available on Disney+; “Metamorphosis,” a Korean horror film; “The Truth,” about an actress…

Leslie Odom Jr. is absolutely captivating in film version of ‘Hamilton,’ says critic

Critics review “Hamilton,” a stage recording of Lin Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical, available on Disney+; “Metamorphosis,” a Korean horror film; “The Truth,” about an actress…

Warmer temperatures mean ice cream season. Good Food host Evan Kleiman recommends LA spots with the best pints.

Evan Kleiman’s favorite ice cream shops in LA

Warmer temperatures mean ice cream season. Good Food host Evan Kleiman recommends LA spots with the best pints.

Ahead of the Fourth of July weekend, Governor Gavin Newsom ordered that dining rooms in 19 counties must close again. The closures will last at least three weeks.

The see-saw of opening and closing, and what the means for restaurants

Ahead of the Fourth of July weekend, Governor Gavin Newsom ordered that dining rooms in 19 counties must close again. The closures will last at least three weeks.

The LAUSD board voted on Tuesday night to cut $25 million from the school police budget. That’s a 35% decrease to a department that employs more than 450 officers.

LAUSD board cuts $25 million from school police, puts it toward hiring mental health workers

The LAUSD board voted on Tuesday night to cut $25 million from the school police budget. That’s a 35% decrease to a department that employs more than 450 officers.

About 2600 California inmates have tested positive for coronavirus. About 1000 are at one facility: San Quentin in Marin County. San Quentin was coronavirus-free for months.

Inmates transferred from Chino to San Quentin prison, brought coronavirus with them

About 2600 California inmates have tested positive for coronavirus. About 1000 are at one facility: San Quentin in Marin County. San Quentin was coronavirus-free for months.

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Riverside doctor concerned about ‘collective level of diligence’ in turning around pandemic

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Eric Andre is known for absurd, physical, and gross comedy. The fifth season of “The Eric Andre Show” is expected later this year.

The absurdist prank comedy of Eric Andre

Eric Andre is known for absurd, physical, and gross comedy. The fifth season of “The Eric Andre Show” is expected later this year.

In the U.S., businesses can ask their employees to download software that records which websites they’re on, takes screenshots of their computer, and tracks their cell phones.

Employee tracking apps surge as telecommuting continues

In the U.S., businesses can ask their employees to download software that records which websites they’re on, takes screenshots of their computer, and tracks their cell phones.

Filmmaker Dawn Porter chronicles Lewis’s life of activism in her new documentary called “John Lewis: Good Trouble.”

‘John Lewis: Good Trouble’ profiles the nonviolent activist-turned-congressman

Filmmaker Dawn Porter chronicles Lewis’s life of activism in her new documentary called “John Lewis: Good Trouble.”

Heading into July, coronavirus is spreading in California, rent is due in one day, and extra unemployment benefits will run out soon. At least 40 million Americans are out of work.

Americans face threat of financial ruin as coronavirus continues

Heading into July, coronavirus is spreading in California, rent is due in one day, and extra unemployment benefits will run out soon. At least 40 million Americans are out of work.

California reported more than 7,000 new COVID-19 cases on Monday — the largest daily jump so far. Other parts of the U.S.

Superspreaders might be unknowingly driving the COVID-19 pandemic

California reported more than 7,000 new COVID-19 cases on Monday — the largest daily jump so far. Other parts of the U.S.

The Associated Press reports the White House knew more than a year ago that Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked forces to kill coalition troops in Afghanistan.

Reports say Russia offered bounties for the killings of US troops in Afghanistan. Trump says he knew nothing

The Associated Press reports the White House knew more than a year ago that Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked forces to kill coalition troops in Afghanistan.

As COVID-19 cases increase, hospitals are considering postponing elective procedures. That means another financial shock for doctors not involved in emergency care.

LA orthopedic surgeon says physical interaction with patients may never happen again

As COVID-19 cases increase, hospitals are considering postponing elective procedures. That means another financial shock for doctors not involved in emergency care.

During the coronavirus pandemic, people seem to be doing more puzzles, including jigsaws, crosswords, and the New York Times’ Spelling Bee.

Crossword puzzles uphold tradition while keeping up with the times

During the coronavirus pandemic, people seem to be doing more puzzles, including jigsaws, crosswords, and the New York Times’ Spelling Bee.

The Supreme Court struck down a controversial Louisiana abortion law that could have forced all but one of the state’s clinics to close.

Supreme Court strikes down restrictive abortion law. The swing vote is John Roberts

The Supreme Court struck down a controversial Louisiana abortion law that could have forced all but one of the state’s clinics to close.

Music critic Craig Jenkins explains why tracks by Lil Baby and Meek Mill effectively capture today’s protests against police violence.

For 2020 protest songs, turn to Lil Baby and Meek Mill

Music critic Craig Jenkins explains why tracks by Lil Baby and Meek Mill effectively capture today’s protests against police violence.

How unequal is Los Angeles? There’s a new city office with a mandate to find out.

LA’s new Civil and Human Rights Department aims to tackle systemic racism

How unequal is Los Angeles? There’s a new city office with a mandate to find out.

Ten days ago, bars reopened in LA County after being closed for months due to the coronavirus. Nine days ago, half a million people went out for a drink.

How business owners are managing as LA recloses bars due to COVID-19 spike

Ten days ago, bars reopened in LA County after being closed for months due to the coronavirus. Nine days ago, half a million people went out for a drink.