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.

One thing to remember about kids in neglectful, abusive or just dysfunctional households: “Going to school and going to after-school programs used to be a safe haven. That is gone.”

When ‘Safer at Home’ is not safe: The rise of domestic violence and vulnerability of children amid coronavirus

One thing to remember about kids in neglectful, abusive or just dysfunctional households: “Going to school and going to after-school programs used to be a safe haven. That is gone.”

“Tiger King” is a true crime documentary series about Joe Exotic, a tiger breeder and former zoo owner.

Self-isolate with Netflix’s ‘Tiger King’ series about real-life criminal tiger breeder

“Tiger King” is a true crime documentary series about Joe Exotic, a tiger breeder and former zoo owner.

“It's a little bit surreal because obviously I've never lived through anything like this personally or professionally.

Into the 'unknown’: Nurse travels to NYC to treat coronavirus ICU patients

“It's a little bit surreal because obviously I've never lived through anything like this personally or professionally.

There’s been a lot of confusion over where to wear masks when you’re in public. The official recommendation from the CDC says that only sick people should wear them.

Combined with social distancing and handwashing, a cloth mask can be better than no mask during COVID-19

There’s been a lot of confusion over where to wear masks when you’re in public. The official recommendation from the CDC says that only sick people should wear them.

States nationwide are in bidding wars over essential medical supplies to fight COVID-19, including ventilators.

General Electric,Tesla commit to making ventilators to fight COVID-19. Will states get them?

States nationwide are in bidding wars over essential medical supplies to fight COVID-19, including ventilators.

One hundred years ago, the world was fighting the spread of the Spanish flu.Globally, nearly 50 million people died, including some 700,000 Americans.  
    
  But despite medical…

Parallels and differences between COVID-19 and 1918 Spanish flu

One hundred years ago, the world was fighting the spread of the Spanish flu.Globally, nearly 50 million people died, including some 700,000 Americans.  But despite medical…

An estimated 37,000 medical professionals are needed to treat COVID-19 in hospitals across California.

California Health Corps to recruit med students, retired doctors and nurses to handle COVID-19

An estimated 37,000 medical professionals are needed to treat COVID-19 in hospitals across California.

In an announcement on Monday, the Sheriff’s Department said an inmate at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility tested positive for COVID-19, and that inmate was removed from his…

How COVID-19 is affecting California’s prison system after inmates, employees test positive

In an announcement on Monday, the Sheriff’s Department said an inmate at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility tested positive for COVID-19, and that inmate was removed from his…

Social distancing has put a strain on people who used to see each other often, like Cade Costic and his grandparents.

During isolation, Santa Clarita boy keeps in touch with grandparents through Ring

Social distancing has put a strain on people who used to see each other often, like Cade Costic and his grandparents.

Emmy Award-winning screenwriter Damon Lindelof (of “Lost” fame) created HBO’s “Watchmen,” which puts a modern spin on the 1987 graphic novel.

HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ gets political, divides comic book fans

Emmy Award-winning screenwriter Damon Lindelof (of “Lost” fame) created HBO’s “Watchmen,” which puts a modern spin on the 1987 graphic novel.

Virus, pandemic, and public health movies have rocketed to the top of streaming platforms’ algorithms as people are cooped up at home, social distancing and self-isolating.

Virus films like ‘Outbreak’ and ‘The Hot Zone’ offer serious lessons

Virus, pandemic, and public health movies have rocketed to the top of streaming platforms’ algorithms as people are cooped up at home, social distancing and self-isolating.

Grocery store workers nationwide are protesting this week, citing unsafe work conditions.

Amazon, Instacart grocery workers protest the lack of safe working conditions

Grocery store workers nationwide are protesting this week, citing unsafe work conditions.

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti talks about whether more places in LA will shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak, how much equipment the city still needs, when we’ll have a vaccine and…

Mayor Garcetti on when LA might return to ‘normalcy’ and have a COVID-19 vaccine

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti talks about whether more places in LA will shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak, how much equipment the city still needs, when we’ll have a vaccine and…

LA-based singer-songwriter Josh Ostrander (aka Mondo Cozmo) is facing a postponed tour and a paused career due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Songwriting while quarantined with LA musician Mondo Cozmo

LA-based singer-songwriter Josh Ostrander (aka Mondo Cozmo) is facing a postponed tour and a paused career due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

What will the end of the coronavirus pandemic look like, and what sacrifices are necessary to get there? Ed Yong, the Atlantic’s science writer, has thought a lot about that.

Ending coronavirus pandemic is global game of whack-a-mole, says Atlantic science writer

What will the end of the coronavirus pandemic look like, and what sacrifices are necessary to get there? Ed Yong, the Atlantic’s science writer, has thought a lot about that.

Italy is still facing a dire situation: More than 8,200 coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded. In Italy’s northern region, sirens are now a constant presence.

Thousands dead, leaders test positive: Europe still struggles to flatten coronavirus curve

Italy is still facing a dire situation: More than 8,200 coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded. In Italy’s northern region, sirens are now a constant presence.

For those who are anxious and fearful over the coronavirus outbreak, Rabbi Steve Leder says, "You cannot have a shadow unless the light is somehow shining behind whatever is…

Where there’s shadow, there’s light: LA rabbi helps us get through coronavirus fears

For those who are anxious and fearful over the coronavirus outbreak, Rabbi Steve Leder says, "You cannot have a shadow unless the light is somehow shining behind whatever is…

With theaters nationwide closed, we talk about what you can stream at home during the COVID-19 outbreak.   
  “   Crip Camp   ” is a documentary about a 1970s summer camp for teens…

‘Crip Camp,’ ‘Uncorked,’ ‘Vivarium’: What to stream during COVID-19

With theaters nationwide closed, we talk about what you can stream at home during the COVID-19 outbreak.  “ Crip Camp ” is a documentary about a 1970s summer camp for teens…

While California braces for another weekend at home, states nationwide are adapting different tactics during the COVID-19 outbreak.

New Orleans, Boston report COVID-19 spikes. Can US flatten curve without nationwide strategy?

While California braces for another weekend at home, states nationwide are adapting different tactics during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Many LA restaurants are offering takeout or delivery only. Some are now operating like grocery stores. Others are providing meals for health care workers on frontlines.

Dine-1-1 teams up with Josef Centeno and other chefs to feed health care workers

Many LA restaurants are offering takeout or delivery only. Some are now operating like grocery stores. Others are providing meals for health care workers on frontlines.