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.

Good Food host Evan Kleiman reached out to listeners and got suggestions on what they love to make at home, and what they’re buying to-go.

Sandwiches: What are Angelenos making at home, buying to-go?

Good Food host Evan Kleiman reached out to listeners and got suggestions on what they love to make at home, and what they’re buying to-go.

More cyclists are on the roads during the coronavirus pandemic.

Cycling popularity surges during COVID-19. Who’s hopping in the saddle?

More cyclists are on the roads during the coronavirus pandemic.

When it comes to public transit in LA, ridership is down. LA has reduced service, closed entrances to stations, and started sanitizing vehicles and public spaces a lot more.

Future of public transit is the bus, not the train, says USC professor

When it comes to public transit in LA, ridership is down. LA has reduced service, closed entrances to stations, and started sanitizing vehicles and public spaces a lot more.

The rent is due for a lot of people on Monday, June 1. Many can’t afford to pay. Tens of thousands of tenants are striking in this pandemic, refusing to pay.

With rent almost due, LA City Council considers $100 million relief plan

The rent is due for a lot of people on Monday, June 1. Many can’t afford to pay. Tens of thousands of tenants are striking in this pandemic, refusing to pay.

Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that LA County hair salons, barbershops and dine-restaurants may reopen.

LA hair salons, restaurants reopen. But federal program keeping workers on staff expires soon

Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that LA County hair salons, barbershops and dine-restaurants may reopen.

Protests have erupted nationwide after George Floyd, an unarmed black man, died at the hands of Minneapolis police on Monday.

How video evidence can work for and against African Americans facing police violence

Protests have erupted nationwide after George Floyd, an unarmed black man, died at the hands of Minneapolis police on Monday.

Critics review “The Vast of Night," a sci-fi film set in 1950s New Mexico; “The High Note,” about a music star and her assistant in LA; “I’m No Longer Here,” a Spanish-language film…

‘The Vast of Night’ is critic's favorite movie of 2020 so far

Critics review “The Vast of Night," a sci-fi film set in 1950s New Mexico; “The High Note,” about a music star and her assistant in LA; “I’m No Longer Here,” a Spanish-language film…

“We have not flattened the curve. We have bent the curve. But we are at a plateau of hospitalizations and certainly deaths.

Lawmakers question wisdom of California reopening, point to blindspots in COVID-19 data

“We have not flattened the curve. We have bent the curve. But we are at a plateau of hospitalizations and certainly deaths.

Barbara Ferrer says, "We look a lot at sort of the daily hospitalization rate.

LA hospitalization rates are down, contact tracing capacity is strong, says Barbara Ferrer

Barbara Ferrer says, "We look a lot at sort of the daily hospitalization rate.

The #MeToo movement has ended careers and landed men in prison. But when the accuser is a black woman, her accusations often don’t have the same impact.

‘On the Record’ documentary looks at black women’s allegations against Russell Simmons

The #MeToo movement has ended careers and landed men in prison. But when the accuser is a black woman, her accusations often don’t have the same impact.

On Tuesday, Twitter used a fact-check label on two of President Trump’s tweets about voting by mail.

Does President Trump have a First Amendment right to say what he wants on Twitter?

On Tuesday, Twitter used a fact-check label on two of President Trump’s tweets about voting by mail.

Five years ago, a down-on-his-luck drug addict and an accomplice stole a pair of paintings from an art gallery in Norway. They were in full view of surveillance cameras.

‘The Painter and the Thief’: Documentary about an unlikely friendship

Five years ago, a down-on-his-luck drug addict and an accomplice stole a pair of paintings from an art gallery in Norway. They were in full view of surveillance cameras.

LA County’s Office of Education released guidelines today for how to bring its 2 million students back to campuses in the fall.

16 kids in a class, playing alone at recess: What LA schools could look like

LA County’s Office of Education released guidelines today for how to bring its 2 million students back to campuses in the fall.

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti announced on Tuesday that retail stores, churches, drive-in movie theaters, and more could all reopen.

LA reopens retail stores, churches, drive-in theaters. Is it the right time?

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti announced on Tuesday that retail stores, churches, drive-in movie theaters, and more could all reopen.

Stay-at-home orders have been in effect for more than two months. What has that done to people’s sex lives, whether they have a partner or not?

How is quarantine changing sexual relationships for both singles and couples?

Stay-at-home orders have been in effect for more than two months. What has that done to people’s sex lives, whether they have a partner or not?

California is in economic freefall, says Tom Steyer, the co-head of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s economic recovery task force.

What is Gov. Newsom’s task force doing to help California recover during COVID-19?

California is in economic freefall, says Tom Steyer, the co-head of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s economic recovery task force.

Many people have been telecommuting for more than two months now. “I really need a lot of quiet. ...

A debate over working from home versus at the office

Many people have been telecommuting for more than two months now. “I really need a lot of quiet. ...

Governor Newsom’s executive order to allow everyone to mail in their November ballots is facing a legal challenge from Republicans.

Republican groups sue Gov. Newsom over voting. Plus California churches reopen

Governor Newsom’s executive order to allow everyone to mail in their November ballots is facing a legal challenge from Republicans.

As some of the country plans to reopen, meatpacking workers in Vernon are calling for the closure of the Farmer John food processing plant.

9 food processing plants in Vernon face COVID-19 outbreaks

As some of the country plans to reopen, meatpacking workers in Vernon are calling for the closure of the Farmer John food processing plant.

For the first time in 30 years, KROQ 106.7 FM is under new management, which fired morning host Kevin Ryder of “Kevin & Bean” fame.

KROQ was an alt-music leader for decades. Now it faces big changes, loses listeners

For the first time in 30 years, KROQ 106.7 FM is under new management, which fired morning host Kevin Ryder of “Kevin & Bean” fame.