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.

KCRW talks with Sydney Perry, who will soon start her junior year at Los Alamitos High, plus Brooke Ivy, a senior who already started classes at West Ranch High.

LA high school students on remote learning last year and expectations for this year

KCRW talks with Sydney Perry, who will soon start her junior year at Los Alamitos High, plus Brooke Ivy, a senior who already started classes at West Ranch High.

Some companies are trying to sell their leftover clothes to employees (plus their friends and families), then send the items to recycling facilities. Some are burning their clothes.

What are retail companies doing with their unsold clothes during this pandemic?

Some companies are trying to sell their leftover clothes to employees (plus their friends and families), then send the items to recycling facilities. Some are burning their clothes.

Dr. Michele Harper has spent her career as an ER physician at hospitals in the South Bronx and Philadelphia. She shares how healing patients taught her to care for herself.

‘The Beauty in Breaking’: ER doctor on domestic violence, survival, and spiritual healing

Dr. Michele Harper has spent her career as an ER physician at hospitals in the South Bronx and Philadelphia. She shares how healing patients taught her to care for herself.

Critics review “Sputnik,” a Russian-language film about a space explorer who returns to earth with an alien parasite inside him; “Boys State,” about an annual program where 1000 male…

‘Project Power’ is original and scratches the summer blockbuster itch, critics say

Critics review “Sputnik,” a Russian-language film about a space explorer who returns to earth with an alien parasite inside him; “Boys State,” about an annual program where 1000 male…

The owner of LA’s Chateau Marmont recently announced plans to turn it into a members-only property by the end of the year. It’s fallen on hard times since the pandemic took hold.

The history of the Chateau Marmont, a historic hideaway for Hollywood’s elite

The owner of LA’s Chateau Marmont recently announced plans to turn it into a members-only property by the end of the year. It’s fallen on hard times since the pandemic took hold.

Republican Marjorie Taylor Green won a close primary runoff in Georgia this week. That likely guarantees she’ll win the congressional seat in November.

The rise of QAnon and what it means for the Republican party

Republican Marjorie Taylor Green won a close primary runoff in Georgia this week. That likely guarantees she’ll win the congressional seat in November.

KCRW talks about Kamala Harris’ family history, influences, and rise in politics — with Melanie Mason, who’s covering the 2020 presidential campaign for the LA Times.

Kamala Harris’ backstory and who influenced her policy views

KCRW talks about Kamala Harris’ family history, influences, and rise in politics — with Melanie Mason, who’s covering the 2020 presidential campaign for the LA Times.

A number of LA restaurants — high-end and casual — are permanently closing during the pandemic, and each closing affects families of owners and employees.

Here’s Looking at You, Auburn, Somni: Remembering beloved restaurants that LA lost to the pandemic

A number of LA restaurants — high-end and casual — are permanently closing during the pandemic, and each closing affects families of owners and employees.

Kamala Harris is both the first Black woman and the first South Asian woman to appear on a major party’s presidential ticket. Her mother is Indian.

What it means for Indian Americans that Kamala Harris is on a major party’s presidential ticket

Kamala Harris is both the first Black woman and the first South Asian woman to appear on a major party’s presidential ticket. Her mother is Indian.

“A lot of people have been saying there’s a coin shortage.

Fewer coins are circulating through this pandemic economy. That’s hurting small businesses

“A lot of people have been saying there’s a coin shortage.

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris is now the vice presidential running mate of Joe Biden. She’s also the first woman of color to run for vice president on a major party ticket.

Kamala Harris brings the energy that Joe Biden needs on the ticket, says Avis Jones DeWeever

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris is now the vice presidential running mate of Joe Biden. She’s also the first woman of color to run for vice president on a major party ticket.

If Joe Biden and Kamala Harris win as president and vice president in November, Harris will have to give up her Senate seat.

If Kamala Harris and Joe Biden win in November, who might take her Senate seat?

If Joe Biden and Kamala Harris win as president and vice president in November, Harris will have to give up her Senate seat.

Jayro Bustamante's new film is a fictionalized account of a real genocide in Guatemala in the 1980s.

‘La Llorona’ film takes on the real horror of genocide in Guatemala

Jayro Bustamante's new film is a fictionalized account of a real genocide in Guatemala in the 1980s.

"What we really see are these petition efforts to get him on the ballot, and those have all the hallmarks of being essentially run by Republican operatives,” says Rosalind Helderman,…

Kanye West could be on the presidential ballot in some swing states this November

"What we really see are these petition efforts to get him on the ballot, and those have all the hallmarks of being essentially run by Republican operatives,” says Rosalind Helderman,…

For weeks, President Trump has been criticizing vote-by-mail in the leadup to this fall’s presidential election.

Fights, fears, and lawsuits over voting by mail this November

For weeks, President Trump has been criticizing vote-by-mail in the leadup to this fall’s presidential election.

The 1876 presidential election was filled with shady backroom deals, reports of bribery, voter intimidation, and Republican governors fearing for their lives.It happened in a divided…

What the tumultuous 1876 presidential race might portend for 2020

The 1876 presidential election was filled with shady backroom deals, reports of bribery, voter intimidation, and Republican governors fearing for their lives.It happened in a divided…

Many gig workers have struggled to get unemployment benefits because their employers were not required to pay into the system. That may change soon.

California judge: Uber and Lyft must treat their drivers like regular employees and pay benefits

Many gig workers have struggled to get unemployment benefits because their employers were not required to pay into the system. That may change soon.

Some people are calling Netflix's "Indian Matchmaking" binge-worthy, while others call it offensive.

‘Indian Matchmaking’ reveals ‘double-edged sword’ of arranged marriages

Some people are calling Netflix's "Indian Matchmaking" binge-worthy, while others call it offensive.

Chronic loneliness can increase people’s risk of dying by more than 80%.

In ‘Growing Young,’ author explains how social connections help people stay healthy

Chronic loneliness can increase people’s risk of dying by more than 80%.

Travis Holcombe shares some of his favorite new releases:  
  “God Forgiving Souls” by J. Lloyd   “The Wall and I” by Nation of Language   “Grey Skies” by Kate Bollinger   “Hello…

KCRW DJ Travis Holcombe’s favorite new songs of summer

Travis Holcombe shares some of his favorite new releases: “God Forgiving Souls” by J. Lloyd “The Wall and I” by Nation of Language “Grey Skies” by Kate Bollinger “Hello…