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.

On Wednesday, three more parents pleaded guilty in the college admissions cheating scandal.

Scrutiny on college admissions process may make it tougher for students with learning disabilities

On Wednesday, three more parents pleaded guilty in the college admissions cheating scandal.

Mexican Chef Gabriela Cámara has been running a massively popular seafood restaurant in Mexico City for 20 years called Contramar.

How celebrity Mexican chef Gabriela Cámara came up with her famous tuna tostada

Mexican Chef Gabriela Cámara has been running a massively popular seafood restaurant in Mexico City for 20 years called Contramar.

California is known as the capital of health and wellness fads. But when and how did the Golden State get that reputation?

How California got a reputation for healthy living

California is known as the capital of health and wellness fads. But when and how did the Golden State get that reputation?

The European Parliament elections just kicked off across Europe. It’s a four-day affair. The results could eventually determine whether the EU will remain a united Europe.

The EU elections and the future of Europe

The European Parliament elections just kicked off across Europe. It’s a four-day affair. The results could eventually determine whether the EU will remain a united Europe.

The Lovell Health House is at the edge of Griffith Park. The depression-era home was built in 1929 and was completely radical for its time.

LA’s iconic Lovell House is falling apart

The Lovell Health House is at the edge of Griffith Park. The depression-era home was built in 1929 and was completely radical for its time.

The Trump administration is backing off plans to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.

Trump is keeping Harriet Tubman off the $20 bill

The Trump administration is backing off plans to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.

American garlic growers have struggled to compete with cheaper Chinese imports of the aromatic kitchen staple.

California garlic farmers benefit from US-China trade war

American garlic growers have struggled to compete with cheaper Chinese imports of the aromatic kitchen staple.

At a hearing yesterday, HUD Secretary Ben Carson defended a new plan that would push undocumented immigrants out of public housing.

Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán on Trump plan to evict undocumented immigrants from public housing

At a hearing yesterday, HUD Secretary Ben Carson defended a new plan that would push undocumented immigrants out of public housing.

Migrants are overwhelming detention centers along the border, so Customs and Border Protection officers are putting some of them on buses and dropping them off sometimes hundreds of…

As border agents leave migrants stranded, volunteers step in to help

Migrants are overwhelming detention centers along the border, so Customs and Border Protection officers are putting some of them on buses and dropping them off sometimes hundreds of…

Former White House Counsel Don McGahn was a no-show at today’s House Judiciary Committee hearing. On orders from the White House, McGahn defied the committee’s subpoena.

Don McGahn is a no-show at today’s hearing and Democrats are furious

Former White House Counsel Don McGahn was a no-show at today’s House Judiciary Committee hearing. On orders from the White House, McGahn defied the committee’s subpoena.

Imagine a movie that’s a mash-up of “Back to the Future” and Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing.” That’s the elevator pitch for the new film “See You Yesterday.”

In ‘See You Yesterday,’ time-traveling science nerds try to prevent a police shooting

Imagine a movie that’s a mash-up of “Back to the Future” and Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing.” That’s the elevator pitch for the new film “See You Yesterday.”

More than 19 million people in the U.S. watched the final episode of “Game of Thrones,” making it the most viewed episode of any HBO show ever.

‘Game of Thrones’ is over. What should you watch now?

More than 19 million people in the U.S. watched the final episode of “Game of Thrones,” making it the most viewed episode of any HBO show ever.

Representatives of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido are trying to find a peaceful solution after months of bloody clashes and a failed uprising.

An inside look at life in Venezuela, a country in turmoil

Representatives of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido are trying to find a peaceful solution after months of bloody clashes and a failed uprising.

Nearly two dozen Democrats are running for president. Many of them tried getting attention by doing town halls on Fox News, including Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders, and Amy Klobuchar.

Is it smart for Democratic presidential candidates to do Fox News town halls?

Nearly two dozen Democrats are running for president. Many of them tried getting attention by doing town halls on Fox News, including Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders, and Amy Klobuchar.

The right to an abortion is being challenged in several states, including Alabama and Georgia. We look at the future of Roe v. Wade. Also, the U.S.

Legal questions surrounding abortion rights

The right to an abortion is being challenged in several states, including Alabama and Georgia. We look at the future of Roe v. Wade. Also, the U.S.

The final episode of “Game of Thrones” aired Sunday after eight seasons.

‘Game of Thrones’ composer Ramin Djawadi on storytelling through music

The final episode of “Game of Thrones” aired Sunday after eight seasons.

For every era in American history, there’s a pair of jeans to go with it: bell bottoms, cowboy wranglers, skinny hipster jeans, daisy dukes. They were invented in California.

How blue jeans started in LA

For every era in American history, there’s a pair of jeans to go with it: bell bottoms, cowboy wranglers, skinny hipster jeans, daisy dukes. They were invented in California.

Billionaire Robert Smith pledged to pay off some $40 million in student loans for Morehouse College’s class of 2019, which includes nearly 400 students.

Can a billionaire solve the student debt crisis one loan at a time?

Billionaire Robert Smith pledged to pay off some $40 million in student loans for Morehouse College’s class of 2019, which includes nearly 400 students.

In the NBA playoffs, the Curry brothers are playing against each other for the Western Conference title.

Are fans happy about the Lakers’ new coach?

In the NBA playoffs, the Curry brothers are playing against each other for the Western Conference title.

SB 50, the controversial housing bill championed by California State Senator Scott Wiener, has been shelved for debate until next year.

Controversial state housing plan gets pulled from a vote

SB 50, the controversial housing bill championed by California State Senator Scott Wiener, has been shelved for debate until next year.