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.

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.

The Jordan Downs housing project in Watts has a long history dating back to the 1940s. It’s currently undergoing a billion dollar redevelopment.

Theater project explores Jordan Downs, public housing, and gentrification

The Jordan Downs housing project in Watts has a long history dating back to the 1940s. It’s currently undergoing a billion dollar redevelopment.

Acclaimed architect I.M. Pei has died. He was 102.

Remembering famed architect I.M. Pei

Acclaimed architect I.M. Pei has died. He was 102.

Our critics review “John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum,” the third movie about the assassin played by Keanu Reeves; “Trial By Fire,” based on a New Yorker article about a man who was…

‘Trial By Fire’ is based on a true story, but is it accurate?

Our critics review “John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum,” the third movie about the assassin played by Keanu Reeves; “Trial By Fire,” based on a New Yorker article about a man who was…

State investigators have determined that PG&E was responsible for the Camp Fire last year in Paradise, California. The fire killed 85 people and destroyed more than 10,000 homes.

The future of PG&E, and whether any of California’s utilities can prevent wildfires

State investigators have determined that PG&E was responsible for the Camp Fire last year in Paradise, California. The fire killed 85 people and destroyed more than 10,000 homes.

When Johanna Hogg was a film student in the 1980s, she fell in love with someone who ended up being a thief and drug addict. But she couldn’t pull away from the toxic relationship.

Director of ‘The Souvenir’ on heroin addiction, attraction and the allure of cinema

When Johanna Hogg was a film student in the 1980s, she fell in love with someone who ended up being a thief and drug addict. But she couldn’t pull away from the toxic relationship.

President Trump has pardoned two more prominent conservatives who have personal ties to him. Conrad Black is a billionaire former media mogul and one of Trump’s old business partners.

Trump pardons a former California lawmaker and a billionaire publisher

President Trump has pardoned two more prominent conservatives who have personal ties to him. Conrad Black is a billionaire former media mogul and one of Trump’s old business partners.

LA is often called a concrete jungle, but it’s teeming with wild animals, insects, and plants. More than 500 species of birds live here or pass through as they migrate up the coast.

Finding wildlife in LA: falcons, bighorn sheep, turtles, and more

LA is often called a concrete jungle, but it’s teeming with wild animals, insects, and plants. More than 500 species of birds live here or pass through as they migrate up the coast.

In California, it’s illegal to salvage recently dead wildlife from the side of state roads and highways. But a bill advancing through the state legislature might change that.

Would you try roadkill cuisine?

In California, it’s illegal to salvage recently dead wildlife from the side of state roads and highways. But a bill advancing through the state legislature might change that.

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, aka “Javanka,” are about as close as America gets to having a prince and princess. At least that’s how they like to see themselves.

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump blur the lines between government service and private business

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, aka “Javanka,” are about as close as America gets to having a prince and princess. At least that’s how they like to see themselves.