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.

Democrats continued making their arguments in the impeachment trial of President Trump. Florida Congresswoman Val Demings said, “A violation of public trust.

Highlights from day 3 of Trump’s impeachment trial

Democrats continued making their arguments in the impeachment trial of President Trump. Florida Congresswoman Val Demings said, “A violation of public trust.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and Washington Post owner, wrote a Medium post in 2019 about how his phone was hacked and he was being blackmailed by the National Enquirer’s parent company,…

The phone hacking of the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and Washington Post owner, wrote a Medium post in 2019 about how his phone was hacked and he was being blackmailed by the National Enquirer’s parent company,…

The Environmental Protection Agency is stripping protections for streams, wetlands, and groundwater nationwide.

Trump rolls back Obama-era water protections. How will that affect California?

The Environmental Protection Agency is stripping protections for streams, wetlands, and groundwater nationwide.

Composer Jeff Beal (“House of Cards") has created new music for the Oscar-winning silent movie “Sunrise: A Song For Two Humans,” directed by German expressionist F.W. Murnau in 1927.

New music contextualizes ‘Sunrise’ film for 2020 audience

Composer Jeff Beal (“House of Cards") has created new music for the Oscar-winning silent movie “Sunrise: A Song For Two Humans,” directed by German expressionist F.W. Murnau in 1927.

Lead House impeachment manager Adam Schiff kicked off opening arguments in Trump’s impeachment trial: “A president this unapologetic, this lawless, this unbound to the Constitution and…

Impeachment trial: In-depth analysis and what’s next

Lead House impeachment manager Adam Schiff kicked off opening arguments in Trump’s impeachment trial: “A president this unapologetic, this lawless, this unbound to the Constitution and…

Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up listening to and singing church songs, and saw gospel and folk music as natural tools to further the civil rights movement.

Special: A musical journey in the life of MLK, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up listening to and singing church songs, and saw gospel and folk music as natural tools to further the civil rights movement.

Comedian Maria Bamford is trying to shatter the stigma around mental illness with her new talk show “What’s Your Ailment?!"

Comedian Maria Bamford takes on mental illness: ‘You’re not alone’

Comedian Maria Bamford is trying to shatter the stigma around mental illness with her new talk show “What’s Your Ailment?!"

The Major League Baseball cheating scandal is getting bigger and weirder. Three team managers were fired this week.

MLB cheating scandal: What does it mean for the Dodgers going forward?

The Major League Baseball cheating scandal is getting bigger and weirder. Three team managers were fired this week.

We review “Dolittle,” the latest adaptation of Hugh Lofting’s fairy tale, starring Robert Downey Jr.; “Bad Boys for Life,” with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence returning for the third…

‘Dolittle’ is more of a disaster than ‘Cats,’ critics say

We review “Dolittle,” the latest adaptation of Hugh Lofting’s fairy tale, starring Robert Downey Jr.; “Bad Boys for Life,” with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence returning for the third…

Kenneth Starr was the independent counsel who led the investigation into President Clinton that resulted in his impeachment.

Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz: What they mean for Trump’s legal strategy

Kenneth Starr was the independent counsel who led the investigation into President Clinton that resulted in his impeachment.

Don't click anything suspicious. Update all your software. Use two-factor authentication when available. We get tips from a senior technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

How to protect yourself from phishing and hackers

Don't click anything suspicious. Update all your software. Use two-factor authentication when available. We get tips from a senior technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

There’s a potentially monumental new agreement between the WNBA and its female basketball players. Top players could earn more than $500,000 per season.

LA Sparks star Nneka Ogwumike on new WNBA contract and fighting for women in the workplace

There’s a potentially monumental new agreement between the WNBA and its female basketball players. Top players could earn more than $500,000 per season.

For stress relief, some adults turn to coloring books, painting, or crafts. Add to that: building LEGO structures. Can connecting the little plastic bricks be a form of mindfulness?

Too much stress? Adults turn to LEGOS

For stress relief, some adults turn to coloring books, painting, or crafts. Add to that: building LEGO structures. Can connecting the little plastic bricks be a form of mindfulness?

President Trump’s impeachment trial formally began today.

Impeachment: How the formal process will play out

President Trump’s impeachment trial formally began today.

If you want to make six figures a year, you could try to become an air traffic controller, software developer, or nurse practitioner. Or you could apply to your local Taco Bell.

Taco Bell might start paying managers $100,000 per year

If you want to make six figures a year, you could try to become an air traffic controller, software developer, or nurse practitioner. Or you could apply to your local Taco Bell.

During President Putin’s annual address, he announced term limits for future presidents (not including himself) and more power for Parliament.

Putin makes sweeping changes to Russian government

During President Putin’s annual address, he announced term limits for future presidents (not including himself) and more power for Parliament.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi named California Congressman Adam Schiff as among the impeachment managers for the upcoming Senate trial. We speak with him about what's ahead.

Rep. Adam Schiff on impeachment in the Senate

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi named California Congressman Adam Schiff as among the impeachment managers for the upcoming Senate trial. We speak with him about what's ahead.

Rudy Giuliani is wedged in the middle of Trump’s impeachment over dealings with Ukraine.

Rudy Giuliani, from America’s mayor to a central figure in Trump’s impeachment

Rudy Giuliani is wedged in the middle of Trump’s impeachment over dealings with Ukraine.

2019 was a bad year for recycling in California. Hundreds of recycling centers closed. That’s where you go to redeem bottles and cans for five or 10 cents each.

To improve recycling, state legislature wants beverage companies to take back their own containers

2019 was a bad year for recycling in California. Hundreds of recycling centers closed. That’s where you go to redeem bottles and cans for five or 10 cents each.

The United States has been fighting the War on Drugs ever since President Nixon declared warfare in 1971.

‘Killer High’: Mind-altering substances were key to wars throughout US history

The United States has been fighting the War on Drugs ever since President Nixon declared warfare in 1971.