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 annual    Badwater    ultramarathon begins tonight in Death Valley, where the temperature is expected to reach 113 degrees.

Badwater ultramarathon: Sleepwalking, hallucinations, and the 'magic' of Death Valley

The annual Badwater ultramarathon begins tonight in Death Valley, where the temperature is expected to reach 113 degrees.

The Trump administration’s new asylum rule ends asylum at the southern border. The ACLU has promised to sue as soon as it goes into effect today.

Chaos and confusion as immigration officers get trained on new asylum rule

The Trump administration’s new asylum rule ends asylum at the southern border. The ACLU has promised to sue as soon as it goes into effect today.

More than a million people are planning to break into Area 51, the mysterious government base in Nevada that's rumored to be where the U.S. military studies extraterrestrial life.

Area 51 and the plan to find out what the government knows about aliens

More than a million people are planning to break into Area 51, the mysterious government base in Nevada that's rumored to be where the U.S. military studies extraterrestrial life.

On Monday night, CBS Evening News debuted a new anchor: Norah O’Donnell. She called President Trump’s recent tweets “racist.

Network TV news is still more popular than cable news

On Monday night, CBS Evening News debuted a new anchor: Norah O’Donnell. She called President Trump’s recent tweets “racist.

The House and Senate are looking into Facebook’s plan to launch a currency called Libra. Neither side of the political aisle trusts Facebook, believing it's too big.

Can Facebook launch its cryptocurrency without support of lawmakers?

The House and Senate are looking into Facebook’s plan to launch a currency called Libra. Neither side of the political aisle trusts Facebook, believing it's too big.

Vice President Mike Pence recently visited a Border Patrol detention facility in Texas, where dozens of migrants were crammed into tight quarters. The visit raised questions about U.S.

Culture of crime and corruption within Customs and Border Protection

Vice President Mike Pence recently visited a Border Patrol detention facility in Texas, where dozens of migrants were crammed into tight quarters. The visit raised questions about U.S.

The Trump administration published a rule today that would bar asylum claims from anyone who passed through another country on the way to the US-Mexico border.

Trump wants to end asylum claims for most Central American migrants

The Trump administration published a rule today that would bar asylum claims from anyone who passed through another country on the way to the US-Mexico border.

The Sunset Foot Clinic is moving, and the spinning Happy Foot Sad Foot sign is going with it.

How the Happy Foot Sad Foot sign became an icon

The Sunset Foot Clinic is moving, and the spinning Happy Foot Sad Foot sign is going with it.

This week is the launch of the   Black Fire Sessions   , two concerts at The Broad that celebrate innovative black musicians of the 1960s and ‘70s.

Master saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell on improvising a 30-minute song

This week is the launch of the Black Fire Sessions , two concerts at The Broad that celebrate innovative black musicians of the 1960s and ‘70s.

President Trump had promised huge sweeps of undocumented immigrants over the weekend. But reports say U.S.

Deportation policies under Trump v. past presidents

President Trump had promised huge sweeps of undocumented immigrants over the weekend. But reports say U.S.

Our critics review "The Farewell," about a New Yorker who returns to China when her grandma is diagnosed with cancer and has only a few weeks to live, but her family decides to not…

'Stuber' is one of the worst films of 2019, critic says

Our critics review "The Farewell," about a New Yorker who returns to China when her grandma is diagnosed with cancer and has only a few weeks to live, but her family decides to not…

In January, Press Play's Michell Eloy followed two of California’s freshman Democrats during their first week as congresswomen: Katie Hill from Santa Clarita and Katie Porter from…

California Congresswoman Katie Porter's first six months in office

In January, Press Play's Michell Eloy followed two of California’s freshman Democrats during their first week as congresswomen: Katie Hill from Santa Clarita and Katie Porter from…

Governor Gavin Newsom last week signed the CROWN Act, which stands for “creating a respectful and open workplace for natural hair.”

Afros, braids, cornrows: CROWN Act bans hair discrimination

Governor Gavin Newsom last week signed the CROWN Act, which stands for “creating a respectful and open workplace for natural hair.”

Amazon says it’s going to spend $700 million to retrain a third of its U.S. workforce for new jobs, and in some cases, jobs that Amazon doesn't even offer.

Amazon to spend big money on voluntary workforce retraining

Amazon says it’s going to spend $700 million to retrain a third of its U.S. workforce for new jobs, and in some cases, jobs that Amazon doesn't even offer.

This weekend, the Trump administration is expected to round up thousands of undocumented immigrants in at least 10 major cities, including LA.

How LA is preparing for ICE raids this weekend

This weekend, the Trump administration is expected to round up thousands of undocumented immigrants in at least 10 major cities, including LA.

Facebook's facial recognition program is called Deep Face, and every day it analyzes hundreds of millions of photos posted on the site, helping the company build the largest face…

Should you be concerned about Facebook's Deep Face?

Facebook's facial recognition program is called Deep Face, and every day it analyzes hundreds of millions of photos posted on the site, helping the company build the largest face…

President Trump invited conservative think tanks, at least one conspiracy theorist, and some alt-right extremists to what he's calling a “social media summit” at the White House today.

Trump hosts 'social media summit' without social media companies

President Trump invited conservative think tanks, at least one conspiracy theorist, and some alt-right extremists to what he's calling a “social media summit” at the White House today.

You’re old and you have an incurable disease. Do you want to know about it or live your last days happily unaware?

In 'The Farewell,' hiding a loved one's health and negotiating two cultures

You’re old and you have an incurable disease. Do you want to know about it or live your last days happily unaware?

Over much of its 50 miles, the LA River isn’t much of a river. But it's a home to wildlife and people, a backdrop for movie shoots, and a symbol of Los Angeles.

Changing lives and landscapes along the LA River, as seen through photos

Over much of its 50 miles, the LA River isn’t much of a river. But it's a home to wildlife and people, a backdrop for movie shoots, and a symbol of Los Angeles.

President Trump announced today that the White House will no longer fight to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

Head: Trump drops citizenship question on next census

President Trump announced today that the White House will no longer fight to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.