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.

“We want to make sure that our magic translates through KCRW because this is a new adventure for us.

Bringing the ‘magic behind the turntables’: Incoming MBE hosts Anthony Valadez and Novena Carmel share music picks

“We want to make sure that our magic translates through KCRW because this is a new adventure for us.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will deliver the article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump to the Senate today. He’s charged with one crime: inciting an insurrection.

How likely will Senate convict Trump when his impeachment trial starts next month?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will deliver the article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump to the Senate today. He’s charged with one crime: inciting an insurrection.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are set to play the Kansas Chiefs in this year’s Super Bowl.

Tom Brady is the oldest quarterback to start a Super Bowl game. Here are predictions for his 10th Bowl

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are set to play the Kansas Chiefs in this year’s Super Bowl.

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California has distributed less than half of its COVID vaccine supply. How to make the rollout better?

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Critics review “Psycho Goreman,” about two suburban kids who find a special gemstone that awakens an ancient, blood-soaked alien overlord, so turn him into their friend; “Identifying…

‘Psycho Goreman’ is Spielberg meets Megadeth, says critic

Critics review “Psycho Goreman,” about two suburban kids who find a special gemstone that awakens an ancient, blood-soaked alien overlord, so turn him into their friend; “Identifying…

Local ports are backed up because nearly 2000 dockworkers are off the job because of COVID-19. As of Tuesday, 45 ships were docked waiting to unload.

Thousands of dockworkers are off the job due to COVID. Ships can’t unload their cargo

Local ports are backed up because nearly 2000 dockworkers are off the job because of COVID-19. As of Tuesday, 45 ships were docked waiting to unload.

Climate Change is one of the biggest existential threats, requiring immediate changes to avert the most dire predictions that come with a warming planet.

Can President Biden act quickly enough to prevent the worst effects of climate change?

Climate Change is one of the biggest existential threats, requiring immediate changes to avert the most dire predictions that come with a warming planet.

The animated show ended in 2002. There are live versions periodically, with Dr. Katz, his son Ben, and receptionist Laura bringing comedians to the stage for therapy sessions.

‘Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist’: 1990s animated series gets reborn

The animated show ended in 2002. There are live versions periodically, with Dr. Katz, his son Ben, and receptionist Laura bringing comedians to the stage for therapy sessions.

Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center say a variant that originated in this state accounted for half of all virus samples collected in LA labs last week.

How a new COVID strain emerged in California, and what it means for getting out of the pandemic

Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center say a variant that originated in this state accounted for half of all virus samples collected in LA labs last week.

President Joe Biden plans to pass a COVID relief bill, build on Obamacare, and address climate change. But there is a massive hurdle in the way: the Senate filibuster .

Senate filibuster: How we got it, and whether it’s possible or even desirable to eliminate it

President Joe Biden plans to pass a COVID relief bill, build on Obamacare, and address climate change. But there is a massive hurdle in the way: the Senate filibuster .

On President Joe Biden’s first day in office, he sent a comprehensive immigration bill to Congress that would put the U.S.’

Biden strengthens protections for Dreamers, stops border wall construction, enacts deportation moratorium

On President Joe Biden’s first day in office, he sent a comprehensive immigration bill to Congress that would put the U.S.’

The world’s largest retirement community sits across three counties in Central Florida. It’s called The Villages, also known as “Disney World for retirees.”

‘Disney World for retirees’ isn’t as blissful as it seems, new documentary shows

The world’s largest retirement community sits across three counties in Central Florida. It’s called The Villages, also known as “Disney World for retirees.”

Evan Kleiman’s Almost Instant Mushroom Soup is easy to make, and the recipe can also be used as a condiment for a delicious mushroom risotto or as a base for stroganoff.

Evan Kleiman’s Almost Instant Mushroom Soup: How to make it in a cinch

Evan Kleiman’s Almost Instant Mushroom Soup is easy to make, and the recipe can also be used as a condiment for a delicious mushroom risotto or as a base for stroganoff.

Presidential inaugurations are typically celebratory affairs, and Joe Biden’s was no exception. There was pomp and circumstance and praise for Biden’s call for unity.

What’s happening in MAGA media land now that Donald Trump is out of the White House?

Presidential inaugurations are typically celebratory affairs, and Joe Biden’s was no exception. There was pomp and circumstance and praise for Biden’s call for unity.

People ages 65 and up in LA County can now sign up to be vaccinated against COVID-19. They can make an appointment via the county health department’s website.

Hilda Solis on opening up COVID vaccine program. Angelenos 65 and up can now register for shots

People ages 65 and up in LA County can now sign up to be vaccinated against COVID-19. They can make an appointment via the county health department’s website.

“There was a lot of tough language in the inaugural address today. But there's a gentleness about Joe Biden.

Biden addresses unity and white supremacy at inauguration. Empathy is his ‘natural octave,’ says Michele Norris

“There was a lot of tough language in the inaugural address today. But there's a gentleness about Joe Biden.

Kids may not be able to express and articulate exactly how they’re feeling, so it’s important to watch for signs, like exhibiting a range of emotions.

Pandemic, politics, racial conflicts are all doing a number on kids’ mental health. How parents can help

Kids may not be able to express and articulate exactly how they’re feeling, so it’s important to watch for signs, like exhibiting a range of emotions.

One of the major challenges facing President Joe Biden is a health care crisis — and not just COVID.

Health care: President Joe Biden wants every legal resident to have insurance

One of the major challenges facing President Joe Biden is a health care crisis — and not just COVID.

With Joe Biden, the White House gets its first-ever presidential pet from a shelter. Major is the Biden family’s German Shepherd rescue.

Joe Biden’s German Shepherd will be first shelter dog in the White House

With Joe Biden, the White House gets its first-ever presidential pet from a shelter. Major is the Biden family’s German Shepherd rescue.

In "Palm Springs,” Andy Samberg's character gets caught in a time loop and is forced to live the same day over and over again.

Andy Samberg on parallels between pandemic and ‘Palm Springs,’ plus next season of ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’

In "Palm Springs,” Andy Samberg's character gets caught in a time loop and is forced to live the same day over and over again.