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.

“Gentefied” follows three cousins and their immigrant grandfather who try to save the family’s taqueria as gentrification creeps in. We speak to the Latinx creators of the show.

Netflix’s ‘Gentefied’: How young Latinx professionals are gentrifying Boyle Heights

“Gentefied” follows three cousins and their immigrant grandfather who try to save the family’s taqueria as gentrification creeps in. We speak to the Latinx creators of the show.

The Marciano Art Foundation permanently and abruptly closed a few months ago after the staff tried unionizing.

What really led to the abrupt closure of the Marciano Art Foundation?

The Marciano Art Foundation permanently and abruptly closed a few months ago after the staff tried unionizing.

A group of federal judges held an emergency meeting today to discuss Attorney General Bill Barr’s actions in some high-profile political cases that involve Roger Stone and Michael…

Justice Department faces crisis of confidence

A group of federal judges held an emergency meeting today to discuss Attorney General Bill Barr’s actions in some high-profile political cases that involve Roger Stone and Michael…

For decades, the political parties played a major role in ensuring a preferred, unifying candidate made it to the top of the ticket in presidential elections.

The waning power of political parties in nominating presidential candidates

For decades, the political parties played a major role in ensuring a preferred, unifying candidate made it to the top of the ticket in presidential elections.

The Boy Scouts of America filed bankruptcy today as they face an avalanche of sex abuse lawsuits. This filing means that all civil litigation is suspended.

Bankrupt and sued, can the Boy Scouts survive?

The Boy Scouts of America filed bankruptcy today as they face an avalanche of sex abuse lawsuits. This filing means that all civil litigation is suspended.

Malaysian-born comedian and actor Ronny Chieng (“The Daily Show,” “Crazy Rich Asians”) is out with a new Netflix special called “Asian Comedian Destroys America!"

Comedian Ronny Chieng on why America needs an Asian president

Malaysian-born comedian and actor Ronny Chieng (“The Daily Show,” “Crazy Rich Asians”) is out with a new Netflix special called “Asian Comedian Destroys America!"

Musician Cedric Burnside is preserving what his famed grandfather R.L. Burnside helped create: a rural, lo-fi, twangy-groove genre.

Blues musician Cedric Burnside carries on the tradition of his grandfather

Musician Cedric Burnside is preserving what his famed grandfather R.L. Burnside helped create: a rural, lo-fi, twangy-groove genre.

Our critics review the new Netflix sequel “To All the Boys: P.S.

‘To All the Boys’ sequel is cute but not in a good way, says critic

Our critics review the new Netflix sequel “To All the Boys: P.S.

For some people, Cupid strikes on the campaign trail. Just imagine the political organizers who have spent months rallying potential voters in Iowa.

Finding love on the campaign trail

For some people, Cupid strikes on the campaign trail. Just imagine the political organizers who have spent months rallying potential voters in Iowa.

This week, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced plans to investigate the LAPD’s use of the CalGang database.

LAPD might be putting innocent people in the California gang database

This week, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced plans to investigate the LAPD’s use of the CalGang database.

When it comes to national political elections, the common wisdom is that there are Democrats, there are Republicans, there are a few elusive swing voters in the middle, and the…

Political forecaster: It’s about turnout, not swing voters

When it comes to national political elections, the common wisdom is that there are Democrats, there are Republicans, there are a few elusive swing voters in the middle, and the…

LA District Attorney Jackie Lacey this week dismissed 66,000 marijuana-related convictions in the county.

‘Isn’t just a matter of waving a wand’: Jackie Lacey on weed conviction dismissals

LA District Attorney Jackie Lacey this week dismissed 66,000 marijuana-related convictions in the county.

Several art fairs are happening in LA this weekend. Frieze LA is back for its second year at Paramount Studios.

So many LA art fairs, so little time

Several art fairs are happening in LA this weekend. Frieze LA is back for its second year at Paramount Studios.

Journalist Peggy Orenstein spent two years talking with more than 100 young men ages 16-22 for her new book, “Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the…

Why we need to talk to boys about sex, porn, consent

Journalist Peggy Orenstein spent two years talking with more than 100 young men ages 16-22 for her new book, “Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the…

The Sacramento-based newspaper giant McClatchy filed for bankruptcy today. This could affect several newspapers in California, including the Sacramento Bee.

McClatchy files for bankruptcy: The latest hollowing out of journalism

The Sacramento-based newspaper giant McClatchy filed for bankruptcy today. This could affect several newspapers in California, including the Sacramento Bee.

The U.S. is in the middle of an oil and gas boom, especially as the Trump administration continues to cut regulations. As the industry grows, so does the waste it produces every day.

Fracking endangers health of truckers who haul radioactive waste

The U.S. is in the middle of an oil and gas boom, especially as the Trump administration continues to cut regulations. As the industry grows, so does the waste it produces every day.

A new lawsuit claims e-cigarette company Juul deliberately targeted children in its online advertising campaign.    
  Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy announced the lawsuit…

Massachusetts sues Juul for allegedly marketing to kids

A new lawsuit claims e-cigarette company Juul deliberately targeted children in its online advertising campaign.   Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy announced the lawsuit…

“Oftentimes I play douchey characters, really sort of slimy or sleazy, sometimes villainous.

‘Olympic Dreams’: Failure, uncertainty, and Nick Kroll’s first nice guy role

“Oftentimes I play douchey characters, really sort of slimy or sleazy, sometimes villainous.

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was a staple of second-wave feminism in the 1970s. But it never became enshrined in the Constitution.

Abortion is now part of the Equal Rights Amendment debate

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was a staple of second-wave feminism in the 1970s. But it never became enshrined in the Constitution.

President Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr are denying involvement in the decision that led four federal prosecutors to abruptly quit the Roger Stone case.

Fallout from the decision to scale back the jail time recommendation for Roger Stone

President Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr are denying involvement in the decision that led four federal prosecutors to abruptly quit the Roger Stone case.