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.

LA drivers are paying $6/gallon for gas on average. That’s partly due to rising crude oil prices and California’s gas taxes.

The WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes are costing California billions of dollars. Could the governor and LA mayor help broker a fair deal between workers and studios?

Boy band sensation *NSYNC reunited at last week’s MTV Video Music Awards, igniting strong feelings of early 2000s nostalgia.

“You’ve Got to Learn,” a previously unreleased recording of Nina Simone’s set at the 1966 Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island, is now widely available.

Critics review the latest film releases: “A Haunting In Venice,” “Cassandro,” “Rotting In The Sun,” and “A Million Miles Away.”

A massive storm that’s killed thousands and caused two dams to collapse in Libya is a reminder of the danger of aging American infrastructure.

The U.S. poverty rate jumped to more than 12% as COVID programs helping with food, rent, and unemployment ended. Now food banks are seeing higher demand.

Grace Potter wrote her latest solo album, “Mother Road,” during cross-country trips that began in 2021. She left her LA-area home to reflect on life and COVID.