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.

Evan Kleiman explains how cheeses like halloumi, smoked mozzarella, and kefalotyri have a high melting point, and they are perfect for summer grilling.

Savor grilled cheeses on Memorial Day. We’re not talking about sandwiches

Evan Kleiman explains how cheeses like halloumi, smoked mozzarella, and kefalotyri have a high melting point, and they are perfect for summer grilling.

It is possible to create a beautiful and functional home garden during California’s upcoming drought-induced water restrictions.

Say no to gravel, yes to drought-resistant plants amid CA water shortage

It is possible to create a beautiful and functional home garden during California’s upcoming drought-induced water restrictions.

Coronavirus vaccines are good at reducing the risk of hospitalization and death, but they may not shield you from developing long COVID, according to new research.

Long COVID can produce diabetes, heart disease for life: Epidemiologist

Coronavirus vaccines are good at reducing the risk of hospitalization and death, but they may not shield you from developing long COVID, according to new research.

Critics review new film releases: “Top Gun: Maverick,” “The Bob’s Burgers Movie,” “Zero Contact,” “Dinner in America,” and “Look at Me: Xxxtentacion.”

Top Gun: Maverick’: Tom Cruise tries to prove he doesn’t age, says critic

Critics review new film releases: “Top Gun: Maverick,” “The Bob’s Burgers Movie,” “Zero Contact,” “Dinner in America,” and “Look at Me: Xxxtentacion.”

California Democrats are trying to pass new gun control bills, including one that would let private citizens sue manufacturers, distributors, and sellers of ghost guns and…

New CA bill would let you sue makers of ghost guns and assault rifles

California Democrats are trying to pass new gun control bills, including one that would let private citizens sue manufacturers, distributors, and sellers of ghost guns and…

The story of the National Rifle Association involves infighting and backstabbing, million-dollar corruption, and a red-headed Russian spy.

‘Misfire’ reveals chaos behind seemingly powerful NRA

The story of the National Rifle Association involves infighting and backstabbing, million-dollar corruption, and a red-headed Russian spy.

George Carlin was known for his brash humor and political commentary. He’s the subject of Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio’s new HBO film.

Anti-authoritarian, rebellious soul: George Carlin’s comedy resonates today

George Carlin was known for his brash humor and political commentary. He’s the subject of Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio’s new HBO film.

Democrats tend to push for gun restrictions and assault rifle bans, while Republicans say it’s better to boost school security and/or arm teachers.

Solutions to school shootings: More gun laws or campus security?

Democrats tend to push for gun restrictions and assault rifle bans, while Republicans say it’s better to boost school security and/or arm teachers.

After Tuesday’s mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that took the lives of 19 students and two educators, LA’s Rabbi Steve Leder explains why there’s still hope in this dark moment.

Uvalde shooting is an eclipse, light will reveal itself again: LA rabbi

After Tuesday’s mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that took the lives of 19 students and two educators, LA’s Rabbi Steve Leder explains why there’s still hope in this dark moment.

Musician Bobby Brown’s life has made tabloid headlines, from his marriage to Whitney Houston, to a string of arrests, to the deaths of two of his children.

Bobby Brown: Not just Whitney Houston’s husband, he’s king of R&B

Musician Bobby Brown’s life has made tabloid headlines, from his marriage to Whitney Houston, to a string of arrests, to the deaths of two of his children.

LA County saw 12,000 new COVID cases over the weekend. And over the past month, test positivity doubled and hospitalizations jumped by 80%. It’s all according to Barbara Ferrer.

Safe to fly and eat at indoor restaurants? LA COVID cases are up

LA County saw 12,000 new COVID cases over the weekend. And over the past month, test positivity doubled and hospitalizations jumped by 80%. It’s all according to Barbara Ferrer.

Online, #JusticeforJohnnyDepp has more than 15 billion views, while #IStandWithAmber has only about 8 million views.

Johnny vs. Amber: Why the public has sided with Depp

Online, #JusticeforJohnnyDepp has more than 15 billion views, while #IStandWithAmber has only about 8 million views.

KCRW DJ Tyler Boudreaux shares her favorite new jams fit for the upcoming summer season.

Toro y Moi, Kikagaku Moyo: KCRW DJ Tyler Boudreaux’s summer music picks

KCRW DJ Tyler Boudreaux shares her favorite new jams fit for the upcoming summer season.

The community must be aware of new monkeypox cases, but shouldn’t be alarmed over them, says UCLA’s Anne Rimoin.

Why monkeypox isn’t cause for concern, especially compared to COVID

The community must be aware of new monkeypox cases, but shouldn’t be alarmed over them, says UCLA’s Anne Rimoin.

LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva is running for reelection despite being plagued by several scandals. Why aren’t there strong challengers in the primary election to take him on?

‘No such thing as bad publicity’: How Villanueva has dominated sheriff’s race

LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva is running for reelection despite being plagued by several scandals. Why aren’t there strong challengers in the primary election to take him on?

The New Orleans federal court says an SEC judge violated the U.S. constitution’s right to a trial by jury. What does the case say about the power of executive brand regulators?

What federal ruling on SEC says about power of US executive branch?

The New Orleans federal court says an SEC judge violated the U.S. constitution’s right to a trial by jury. What does the case say about the power of executive brand regulators?

Services like Klarna, AfterPay, and Affirm enable shoppers to pay for goods in monthly installments — usually without a credit check or interest fees. What’s the catch?

‘Buy now, pay later’: Not as affordable as you think

Services like Klarna, AfterPay, and Affirm enable shoppers to pay for goods in monthly installments — usually without a credit check or interest fees. What’s the catch?

In the U.S., roughly two-thirds of people are against overturning Roe v. Wade, but most support some restrictions on abortion, according to a new poll.

Both Roe v. Wade and some abortion restrictions should stand, most Americans say

In the U.S., roughly two-thirds of people are against overturning Roe v. Wade, but most support some restrictions on abortion, according to a new poll.

While wedding venues are now open in LA, many couples are paying more than $100,000. Affected by supply chain issues and COVID protocols, brides have to be flexible.

$150,000: Weddings hit by supply chain issues, inflation, COVID

While wedding venues are now open in LA, many couples are paying more than $100,000. Affected by supply chain issues and COVID protocols, brides have to be flexible.

Netflix is trying to reassert itself as a streaming giant, but it projects losing some 2 million subscribers over the next quarter.

Can Netflix reinvent itself after layoffs, slow revenue growth?

Netflix is trying to reassert itself as a streaming giant, but it projects losing some 2 million subscribers over the next quarter.