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.

President Trump has promised to keep guns away from people who suffer mental illness.

The NRA in turmoil: financial scandals, power struggle at the top

President Trump has promised to keep guns away from people who suffer mental illness.

Our guests review "47 Meters Down: Uncaged," in which four teenagers dive into sunken ruins that turn out to be hunting ground for great white sharks; "Blinded by the Light," about a…

Surplus of shark films: Social commentary or just for thrills?

Our guests review "47 Meters Down: Uncaged," in which four teenagers dive into sunken ruins that turn out to be hunting ground for great white sharks; "Blinded by the Light," about a…

In San Diego,    Mara Elliott    was a mother of two young kids, working in finance and contracts, when the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School changed the course of her…

How San Diego's City Attorney is keeping guns away from potentially violent people

In San Diego, Mara Elliott was a mother of two young kids, working in finance and contracts, when the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School changed the course of her…

In the last 50 years, the tech industry has re-shaped communication, the economy, and political landscape in America.

Silicon Valley's journey from obscurity to global powerhouse

In the last 50 years, the tech industry has re-shaped communication, the economy, and political landscape in America.

The Church of Scientology, known for its celebrity members and questionable recruitment practices, is facing another scandal.

Actor Danny Masterson and Church of Scientology face harassment lawsuit

The Church of Scientology, known for its celebrity members and questionable recruitment practices, is facing another scandal.

President Trump has praised dictators and autocrats such as Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin.

What the rise and fall of past global dictators says about foreign affairs today

President Trump has praised dictators and autocrats such as Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin.

When Beyond Meat first hit the market in 2014, few thought it would be a success. But Del Taco sold more than 2 million Beyond Meat tacos in two months.

Fake meat: a fad or here to stay?

When Beyond Meat first hit the market in 2014, few thought it would be a success. But Del Taco sold more than 2 million Beyond Meat tacos in two months.

Drug-resistant infections are one of the biggest threats to the 7.5 billion people on this planet.

Powerful players in U.S. pork industry block scientists from inspecting farms

Drug-resistant infections are one of the biggest threats to the 7.5 billion people on this planet.

AMC’s show "   Lodge 49   " portrays Long Beach as a magical center of self-discovery and alchemy. Season two started this week.

Wyatt Russell on his path from pro hockey to TV

AMC’s show " Lodge 49 " portrays Long Beach as a magical center of self-discovery and alchemy. Season two started this week.

The Mississippi Delta is home to fertile soil that's excellent for growing crops. It was made that way by enslaved African Americans, who owned some of that land after Emancipation.

A million black farmers are cheated out of their land in the Mississippi Delta

The Mississippi Delta is home to fertile soil that's excellent for growing crops. It was made that way by enslaved African Americans, who owned some of that land after Emancipation.

Sometimes more money means more problems for the newly rich, including on the dating scene. Enter elite matchmaker Amy Anderson, known as the Cupid of Silicon Valley.

What it's like being a professional matchmaker for Silicon Valley millionaires

Sometimes more money means more problems for the newly rich, including on the dating scene. Enter elite matchmaker Amy Anderson, known as the Cupid of Silicon Valley.

Overcrowding and insufficient staffing plagues the L.A. County Jail, which is one of the most notorious in the nation for squalid conditions.

Why LA dropped a $1.7 billion plan to redesign the county jail

Overcrowding and insufficient staffing plagues the L.A. County Jail, which is one of the most notorious in the nation for squalid conditions.

The stock market has spent the last 10 years going up and up. But today was the worst day of the year on Wall Street.

Stocks tumbled today. Are we heading toward a recession?

The stock market has spent the last 10 years going up and up. But today was the worst day of the year on Wall Street.

Before Sonoma, Napa, and Santa Barbara Counties became the top destinations for California wine, there was Los Angeles County.   
  LA had the land space, fertile soil and climate to…

How one company hopes to revive wine production in LA

Before Sonoma, Napa, and Santa Barbara Counties became the top destinations for California wine, there was Los Angeles County.  LA had the land space, fertile soil and climate to…

I n the novel “Fleishman is in Trouble,” Toby Fleishman is a recently divorced doctor in his 40s, doing his best to start dating again in the Tinder-era.

'Fleishman is in Trouble:' a novel about marriage, divorce, and gender equality

I n the novel “Fleishman is in Trouble,” Toby Fleishman is a recently divorced doctor in his 40s, doing his best to start dating again in the Tinder-era.

"Her-story," "cis-hetero-patriarchy," and "Whiteness" (with a capital W) are terms included in a proposed ethnic studies curriculum that could become a graduation requirement for…

Criticism to new bill that says California high school students must take ethnic studies class to graduate

"Her-story," "cis-hetero-patriarchy," and "Whiteness" (with a capital W) are terms included in a proposed ethnic studies curriculum that could become a graduation requirement for…

In his comedy series “   Adam Ruins Everything   ,” Adam Conover reveals hidden truths behind everyday things people accept without question. Season three premieres tonight on TruTV.

Comedian Adam Conover ruins what you think you know

In his comedy series “ Adam Ruins Everything ,” Adam Conover reveals hidden truths behind everyday things people accept without question. Season three premieres tonight on TruTV.

A new Trump administration rule says legal immigrants must forgo all public programs like food stamps and Medicaid if they want to become U.S. citizens.

Trump administration: people on public assistance would be ineligible for citizenship

A new Trump administration rule says legal immigrants must forgo all public programs like food stamps and Medicaid if they want to become U.S. citizens.

Almost immediately after Jeffrey Epstein’s death was announced early Saturday, conspiracy theories roared into action on both the left and the right sides of Twitter.

Conspiracy theories, Epstein's suicide and political discourse

Almost immediately after Jeffrey Epstein’s death was announced early Saturday, conspiracy theories roared into action on both the left and the right sides of Twitter.

Accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein apparently killed himself over the weekend, even though he was supposed to have been closely monitored by guards.

Jeffrey Epstein's death highlights abysmal conditions across U.S. prison system

Accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein apparently killed himself over the weekend, even though he was supposed to have been closely monitored by guards.