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.

On the animated show “Rick and Morty,” a mad scientist named Rick drags his awkward, anxious 14-year-old grandson Morty into adventures that often include space travel, battles with…

Multiverses and controlling cockroaches: Breaking down the science of ‘Rick and Morty’

On the animated show “Rick and Morty,” a mad scientist named Rick drags his awkward, anxious 14-year-old grandson Morty into adventures that often include space travel, battles with…

Joni Mitchell is celebrating the 50th anniversary of her album “Blue" by releasing a new EP filled with outtakes, demos, and other never-before-heard content.

Joni Mitchell’s ‘Blue’ turns 50. Her new EP unearths demos, outtakes from the era

Joni Mitchell is celebrating the 50th anniversary of her album “Blue" by releasing a new EP filled with outtakes, demos, and other never-before-heard content.

After more than 20 years, an LA indie music institution is closing . The Bootleg Theater served as a space to nurture local talent and where up and coming artists made their debut.

LA’s Bootleg Theater to close. Its stage was home to musicians like Phoebe Bridgers, Moses Sumney

After more than 20 years, an LA indie music institution is closing . The Bootleg Theater served as a space to nurture local talent and where up and coming artists made their debut.

The LA County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to extend the region’s eviction moratorium through September.

LA County extends eviction moratorium protecting renters against ‘tsunami’ of evictions

The LA County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to extend the region’s eviction moratorium through September.

Summer brings an end to the Supreme Court term and new rulings.

SCOTUS sides with PA high school cheerleader, against farm worker union as term end nears

Summer brings an end to the Supreme Court term and new rulings.

Over the last six months, Republican-led state legislatures nationwide have passed a slate of laws restricting the rights of transgender Americans.

Documentary highlighting trans student athletes fighting for the right to play sports

Over the last six months, Republican-led state legislatures nationwide have passed a slate of laws restricting the rights of transgender Americans.

Legal cannabis is becoming the norm in the U.S. Most states have passed some type of legal medical or recreational cannabis laws.

Medical cannabis became legal in Utah with the blessing of Latter Day Saints

Legal cannabis is becoming the norm in the U.S. Most states have passed some type of legal medical or recreational cannabis laws.

In late September 2020, then-President Trump ordered an end to racial sensitivity training for federal employees, though later President Biden reversed that order.

Conservatives seize on critical race theory in culture wars. What is this decades-old legal theory?

In late September 2020, then-President Trump ordered an end to racial sensitivity training for federal employees, though later President Biden reversed that order.

Rhiannon Giddens made her mark in music when her band the Carolina Chocolate Drops won a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album in 2011.

Grammy winner Rhiannon Giddens on opera’s relevance in modern life and her podcast ‘Aria Code’

Rhiannon Giddens made her mark in music when her band the Carolina Chocolate Drops won a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album in 2011.

LA chef and restaurateur Mark Peel died Sunday after being diagnosed with cancer. He was 66 years old.

LA’s Mark Peel taught young people how to be great cooks and decent human beings, says Wolfgang Puck

LA chef and restaurateur Mark Peel died Sunday after being diagnosed with cancer. He was 66 years old.

Since the pandemic, restaurants have taken over curbside parking for outdoor eating, and some streets have been closed to traffic. Might these changes be permanent, and what could U.S.

Does the pandemic mean long-term revitalization of downtown LA and other public spaces?

Since the pandemic, restaurants have taken over curbside parking for outdoor eating, and some streets have been closed to traffic. Might these changes be permanent, and what could U.S.

Lingerie company Victoria’s Secret is ditching its ‘Angels’ runway models for diverse celebrities such as U.S.

Victoria’s Secret gets a makeover: Out with ‘Angels,’ in with activists, athletes, entrepreneurs

Lingerie company Victoria’s Secret is ditching its ‘Angels’ runway models for diverse celebrities such as U.S.

In a unanimous ruling today, the Supreme Court justices said the NCAA , the regulating body for college sports, can’t ban athletes from receiving small education-related payouts like…

Supreme Court: No limits on education-related benefits to NCAA athletes

In a unanimous ruling today, the Supreme Court justices said the NCAA , the regulating body for college sports, can’t ban athletes from receiving small education-related payouts like…

President Joe Biden signed a bill into law today declaring June 19, commonly referred to as Juneteenth , a federal holiday.

Reparations for Black Californians? New task force will spend craft proposals

President Joe Biden signed a bill into law today declaring June 19, commonly referred to as Juneteenth , a federal holiday.

In a highly anticipated Supreme Court ruling out today, the justices once again upheld the Affordable Care Act.

Supreme Court leaves Obamacare intact, delivers a blow to same-sex couples

In a highly anticipated Supreme Court ruling out today, the justices once again upheld the Affordable Care Act.

Critics review Disney Pixar’s “Luca,” about a young boy enjoying a beautiful summer on the Italian coast, but he’s secretly a sea monster; “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go…

‘Fatherhood’ is a relatable look at Black families without negative tropes, says critic

Critics review Disney Pixar’s “Luca,” about a young boy enjoying a beautiful summer on the Italian coast, but he’s secretly a sea monster; “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go…

NBC’s Craig Melvin is known for his regular segment “Dad’s Got This Feature,” where he spotlights fathers making a difference in their kids' lives.

Ahead of Father’s Day, NBC’s Craig Melvin talks about his complicated relationship with his dad

NBC’s Craig Melvin is known for his regular segment “Dad’s Got This Feature,” where he spotlights fathers making a difference in their kids' lives.

The concept of American food can be a little difficult to define, but we can probably agree on a few staples such as Apple pie, macaroni and cheese, and barbeque.

High on the Hog’: The major role of African Americans in shaping US cuisine

The concept of American food can be a little difficult to define, but we can probably agree on a few staples such as Apple pie, macaroni and cheese, and barbeque.

Councilmembers Joe Buscaino and Mike Bonin are butting heads with LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva on how to address the crisis in Venice and Echo Park.

How LA’s unhoused crisis has become a lightning rod for local politics

Councilmembers Joe Buscaino and Mike Bonin are butting heads with LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva on how to address the crisis in Venice and Echo Park.

Last year Los Angeles celebrated the 50th anniversary of LA Pride, a tradition which became embedded in the community in June 1970 when the organizer, Christopher Street West, became…

LGBTQ-owned restaurants to support during Pride Month: N/Soto, Jewel, Socalo and more

Last year Los Angeles celebrated the 50th anniversary of LA Pride, a tradition which became embedded in the community in June 1970 when the organizer, Christopher Street West, became…