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.

As Congress and the president argue over how to help the 30 million Americans who are now unemployed, many of those Americans are struggling to survive.

Pasadena family relied on unemployment benefits that have now expired. How are they making it work?

As Congress and the president argue over how to help the 30 million Americans who are now unemployed, many of those Americans are struggling to survive.

Mexico now has more than 52,000 coronavirus-related deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. It has nearly 500,000 reported cases, although that number is probably much higher.

Mexico has world’s third highest COVID death rate, high distrust in public health system

Mexico now has more than 52,000 coronavirus-related deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. It has nearly 500,000 reported cases, although that number is probably much higher.

President Trump signed executive orders over the weekend that aimed to extend federal unemployment benefits, extend an eviction moratorium, suspend payroll taxes for some employees,…

Trump tries to unilaterally extend pandemic relief. But Congress controls the purse

President Trump signed executive orders over the weekend that aimed to extend federal unemployment benefits, extend an eviction moratorium, suspend payroll taxes for some employees,…

Chronic loneliness can increase people’s risk of dying by more than 80%.

In ‘Growing Young,’ author explains how social connections help people stay healthy

Chronic loneliness can increase people’s risk of dying by more than 80%.

Travis Holcombe shares some of his favorite new releases:  
  “God Forgiving Souls” by J. Lloyd   “The Wall and I” by Nation of Language   “Grey Skies” by Kate Bollinger   “Hello…

KCRW DJ Travis Holcombe’s favorite new songs of summer

Travis Holcombe shares some of his favorite new releases: “God Forgiving Souls” by J. Lloyd “The Wall and I” by Nation of Language “Grey Skies” by Kate Bollinger “Hello…

There's a tentative agreement between the teachers union and the district. The plan calls for a 30-hour school week, attendance-taking, and time for student and family counseling.

Teachers make sense of new guidelines for distance learning — before school starts on Aug 18

There's a tentative agreement between the teachers union and the district. The plan calls for a 30-hour school week, attendance-taking, and time for student and family counseling.

Critics review “The Secret Garden,” the fifth cinema adaptation of the classic 1911 children’s novel; “I Used to Go Here,” about a successful author who gets tangled in the lives of…

‘The Secret Garden’ finds magic within sorrow, says critic

Critics review “The Secret Garden,” the fifth cinema adaptation of the classic 1911 children’s novel; “I Used to Go Here,” about a successful author who gets tangled in the lives of…

It’s tough to forget the desperation that defined the pandemic’s U.S. arrival in March. Grocery store shelves were bare. Items were backordered online for weeks.

COVID-19 pandemic is squeezing supplies of tents, bikes and freeze-dried food

It’s tough to forget the desperation that defined the pandemic’s U.S. arrival in March. Grocery store shelves were bare. Items were backordered online for weeks.

This morning, Congress stalled again in negotiations over another pandemic relief bill. Today is the self-imposed deadline to reach a deal.

Gridlock in Washington over extending PPP: What it means for California workers

This morning, Congress stalled again in negotiations over another pandemic relief bill. Today is the self-imposed deadline to reach a deal.

Fifty-five years ago today, a historic piece of federal legislation was signed into law: The Voting Rights Act.

What voter suppression looks like today — 55 years after Voting Rights Act was signed into law

Fifty-five years ago today, a historic piece of federal legislation was signed into law: The Voting Rights Act.

Some polls show that about half of all Americans plan to get a vaccine as soon as one is available.

How many Americans must get a COVID-19 vaccine to achieve herd immunity?

Some polls show that about half of all Americans plan to get a vaccine as soon as one is available.

Many mom and pop Chinese restaurants took big hits during the COVID-19 pandemic due to discrimination, ignorance, and fear.

Where KCRW listeners are getting their Chinese takeout during the pandemic

Many mom and pop Chinese restaurants took big hits during the COVID-19 pandemic due to discrimination, ignorance, and fear.

The Phillie Phanatic is a bright green mascot for the Philadelphia Phillies. But now fans are not coming in-person to baseball games.

Phillie Phanatic and other mascots continue to have fun, even without fans in ballparks

The Phillie Phanatic is a bright green mascot for the Philadelphia Phillies. But now fans are not coming in-person to baseball games.

Some companies are in phase three trials for COVID-19 vaccines. KCRW looks at the work being done by Moderna, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca.

Phase 3 trials are here. How close is the US to getting a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine?

Some companies are in phase three trials for COVID-19 vaccines. KCRW looks at the work being done by Moderna, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca.

Disney says it’ll charge people $29.99 to stream its live-action remake of “Mulan” on Disney+.

Disney charges $30 to stream new ‘Mulan.’ What does it mean for future big-budget releases?

Disney says it’ll charge people $29.99 to stream its live-action remake of “Mulan” on Disney+.

Imperial County has one of the highest percentages of COVID-19 deaths in California. The mainly rural, agricultural area shares a border with Arizona and Mexico.

‘We've got to get moving’: Imperial County’s fight against COVID-19

Imperial County has one of the highest percentages of COVID-19 deaths in California. The mainly rural, agricultural area shares a border with Arizona and Mexico.

Filmmakers Morgan Pehme and Dan DiMauro paint a powerful portrait of the role of money and special interests in Washington, and how deep and murky that influence is.

‘The Swamp’ documentary shows how lobbyists and money influence Washington

Filmmakers Morgan Pehme and Dan DiMauro paint a powerful portrait of the role of money and special interests in Washington, and how deep and murky that influence is.

A massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday killed more than 100 people, injured thousands, and leveled an entire neighborhood.

Lebanese officials blame explosion in Beirut on ammonium nitrate. Can something similar happen in US?

A massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday killed more than 100 people, injured thousands, and leveled an entire neighborhood.

The immediate future of college sports is uncertain. The University of Connecticut announced today that they’ll be cancelling their football season entirely.

How coronavirus is affecting college sports and the athletes who depend on it to get to the pros

The immediate future of college sports is uncertain. The University of Connecticut announced today that they’ll be cancelling their football season entirely.

In November 2018, the Camp Fire tore through Paradise, California, killing more than 80 residents, destroying tens of thousands of structures, and causing tens of billions of dollars…

‘Rebuilding Paradise’ film shows how Californians rebuilt their lives after historic Camp Fire

In November 2018, the Camp Fire tore through Paradise, California, killing more than 80 residents, destroying tens of thousands of structures, and causing tens of billions of dollars…