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.

Alison Roman has a knack for making her recipes go viral, even something as simple as a chickpea stew.

Chef Alison Roman on cooking unfussy food when having people over

Alison Roman has a knack for making her recipes go viral, even something as simple as a chickpea stew.

“Imperial March” is the standard by which all movie villain themes are judged. That’s according to Frank Lehman, author of “The Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars.”

Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, the Emperor: ‘Star Wars’ villains get the best music

“Imperial March” is the standard by which all movie villain themes are judged. That’s according to Frank Lehman, author of “The Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars.”

Plants not only add color to your home, but they can improve your mental and physical health too.

How plants can transform people

Plants not only add color to your home, but they can improve your mental and physical health too.

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…

Many people are staying home to curb the spread of coronavirus. We’re working, exercising, educating little ones, and caring for our partners and other family members – under one roof.

More conflict but more sex: Relationship advice for couples living together amid coronavirus

Many people are staying home to curb the spread of coronavirus. We’re working, exercising, educating little ones, and caring for our partners and other family members – under one roof.

Rebecca Gutierrez, PsyD, works at a suicide prevention center in Culver City.

One step at a time: Fighting loneliness during coronavirus social isolation

Rebecca Gutierrez, PsyD, works at a suicide prevention center in Culver City.

One of the deadliest aspects of coronavirus is how it attacks the lungs. That’s why ventilators are so important.

2 Southern California doctors work to get more ventilators where they’re needed

One of the deadliest aspects of coronavirus is how it attacks the lungs. That’s why ventilators are so important.

President Trump has called COVID-19 “the Chinese virus,” and blamed China for its origin and spread.

‘Asian Enough’ podcast hosts on rising racism during coronavirus outbreak

President Trump has called COVID-19 “the Chinese virus,” and blamed China for its origin and spread.

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.

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.

More than 3 million people filed for unemployment last week. The Senate has unanimously passed the $2 trillion stimulus bill. The House is expected to approve it on Friday.

With 3 million Americans out of work, will $2 trillion stimulus package be enough?

More than 3 million people filed for unemployment last week. The Senate has unanimously passed the $2 trillion stimulus bill. The House is expected to approve it on Friday.

COVID-19 is keeping a lot of people at home, basically twiddling their hopefully sanitized thumbs. Maybe it’s time to learn a craft?

Make quilts at home with the Quilting Cowboy from YouTube

COVID-19 is keeping a lot of people at home, basically twiddling their hopefully sanitized thumbs. Maybe it’s time to learn a craft?

Dine-in restaurants have been closed for almost two weeks now. Some of us might need inspiration in the kitchen. We get help from Evan Kleiman, host of KCRW’s Good Food.

How to make lemon yogurt cake at home

Dine-in restaurants have been closed for almost two weeks now. Some of us might need inspiration in the kitchen. We get help from Evan Kleiman, host of KCRW’s Good Food.

Rachel Fournier, a cashier at Ralphs supermarket near USC, she says volume is constant. She tries to enforce social distancing at her checkout line.

Ralphs cashier on supermarkets during coronavirus: Like Super Bowl on Thanksgiving

Rachel Fournier, a cashier at Ralphs supermarket near USC, she says volume is constant. She tries to enforce social distancing at her checkout line.

The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics have been postponed until next year.

For one basketball player, postponing Tokyo Olympics is ‘best decision for the world,’ but a disappointment personally

The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics have been postponed until next year.

Many grocery stores have shortages of meat, canned goods, and toilet paper. Officials keep saying America has enough food. But there are some issues with the supply chain. Why?

Grocery supply chain struggles to handle coronavirus-driven demand

Many grocery stores have shortages of meat, canned goods, and toilet paper. Officials keep saying America has enough food. But there are some issues with the supply chain. Why?

“A summer camp for the handicapped run by hippies.” That’s a description of Camp Jened, a summer camp located in upstate New York in the 1970s.

Netflix’s ‘Crip Camp’: hippie-run summer camp leads to civil rights movement

“A summer camp for the handicapped run by hippies.” That’s a description of Camp Jened, a summer camp located in upstate New York in the 1970s.

Nurses from Kaiser-Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center protested in front of the hospital on Monday over a lack of protective gear there.

UCLA Medical Center nurses lack protective equipment for coronavirus

Nurses from Kaiser-Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center protested in front of the hospital on Monday over a lack of protective gear there.