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 looks at what happened over the weekend and what it says about race and justice in America. Weighing in: LA civil rights attorney Connie Rice and USC law professor Jody Armour.

How LA's recent protests are alike — and different — from the 1992 uprising

KCRW looks at what happened over the weekend and what it says about race and justice in America. Weighing in: LA civil rights attorney Connie Rice and USC law professor Jody Armour.

“Protests can have a powerful effect on politics," says politics professor Omar Wasow. "They do that by shaping media coverage.

Peaceful protests capture greater attention when violence occurs, says political professor

“Protests can have a powerful effect on politics," says politics professor Omar Wasow. "They do that by shaping media coverage.

LA Times photographer Carolyn Cole and reporter Molly Hennessy-Fiske say they had pepper spray and tear gas thrown at them, that Hennessy-Fiske was shot in the leg with a rubber…

LA journalists endure police violence during George Floyd protests

LA Times photographer Carolyn Cole and reporter Molly Hennessy-Fiske say they had pepper spray and tear gas thrown at them, that Hennessy-Fiske was shot in the leg with a rubber…

More than 2000 people across Los Angeles County were arrested over the weekend, tied to protests over the police killing of George Floyd.

What rights do protesters have under the First Amendment?

More than 2000 people across Los Angeles County were arrested over the weekend, tied to protests over the police killing of George Floyd.

The rent is due for a lot of people on Monday, June 1. Many can’t afford to pay. Tens of thousands of tenants are striking in this pandemic, refusing to pay.

With rent almost due, LA City Council considers $100 million relief plan

The rent is due for a lot of people on Monday, June 1. Many can’t afford to pay. Tens of thousands of tenants are striking in this pandemic, refusing to pay.

Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that LA County hair salons, barbershops and dine-restaurants may reopen.

LA hair salons, restaurants reopen. But federal program keeping workers on staff expires soon

Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that LA County hair salons, barbershops and dine-restaurants may reopen.

Protests have erupted nationwide after George Floyd, an unarmed black man, died at the hands of Minneapolis police on Monday.

How video evidence can work for and against African Americans facing police violence

Protests have erupted nationwide after George Floyd, an unarmed black man, died at the hands of Minneapolis police on Monday.

Good Food host Evan Kleiman reached out to listeners and got suggestions on what they love to make at home, and what they’re buying to-go.

Sandwiches: What are Angelenos making at home, buying to-go?

Good Food host Evan Kleiman reached out to listeners and got suggestions on what they love to make at home, and what they’re buying to-go.

Critics review “The Vast of Night," a sci-fi film set in 1950s New Mexico; “The High Note,” about a music star and her assistant in LA; “I’m No Longer Here,” a Spanish-language film…

‘The Vast of Night’ is critic's favorite movie of 2020 so far

Critics review “The Vast of Night," a sci-fi film set in 1950s New Mexico; “The High Note,” about a music star and her assistant in LA; “I’m No Longer Here,” a Spanish-language film…

“We have not flattened the curve. We have bent the curve. But we are at a plateau of hospitalizations and certainly deaths.

Lawmakers question wisdom of California reopening, point to blindspots in COVID-19 data

“We have not flattened the curve. We have bent the curve. But we are at a plateau of hospitalizations and certainly deaths.

When it comes to public transit in LA, ridership is down. LA has reduced service, closed entrances to stations, and started sanitizing vehicles and public spaces a lot more.

Future of public transit is the bus, not the train, says USC professor

When it comes to public transit in LA, ridership is down. LA has reduced service, closed entrances to stations, and started sanitizing vehicles and public spaces a lot more.

Barbara Ferrer says, "We look a lot at sort of the daily hospitalization rate.

LA hospitalization rates are down, contact tracing capacity is strong, says Barbara Ferrer

Barbara Ferrer says, "We look a lot at sort of the daily hospitalization rate.

The #MeToo movement has ended careers and landed men in prison. But when the accuser is a black woman, her accusations often don’t have the same impact.

‘On the Record’ documentary looks at black women’s allegations against Russell Simmons

The #MeToo movement has ended careers and landed men in prison. But when the accuser is a black woman, her accusations often don’t have the same impact.

More cyclists are on the roads during the coronavirus pandemic.

Cycling popularity surges during COVID-19. Who’s hopping in the saddle?

More cyclists are on the roads during the coronavirus pandemic.

On Tuesday, Twitter used a fact-check label on two of President Trump’s tweets about voting by mail.

Does President Trump have a First Amendment right to say what he wants on Twitter?

On Tuesday, Twitter used a fact-check label on two of President Trump’s tweets about voting by mail.

Five years ago, a down-on-his-luck drug addict and an accomplice stole a pair of paintings from an art gallery in Norway. They were in full view of surveillance cameras.

‘The Painter and the Thief’: Documentary about an unlikely friendship

Five years ago, a down-on-his-luck drug addict and an accomplice stole a pair of paintings from an art gallery in Norway. They were in full view of surveillance cameras.

LA County’s Office of Education released guidelines today for how to bring its 2 million students back to campuses in the fall.

16 kids in a class, playing alone at recess: What LA schools could look like

LA County’s Office of Education released guidelines today for how to bring its 2 million students back to campuses in the fall.

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti announced on Tuesday that retail stores, churches, drive-in movie theaters, and more could all reopen.

LA reopens retail stores, churches, drive-in theaters. Is it the right time?

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti announced on Tuesday that retail stores, churches, drive-in movie theaters, and more could all reopen.

Stay-at-home orders have been in effect for more than two months. What has that done to people’s sex lives, whether they have a partner or not?

How is quarantine changing sexual relationships for both singles and couples?

Stay-at-home orders have been in effect for more than two months. What has that done to people’s sex lives, whether they have a partner or not?

California is in economic freefall, says Tom Steyer, the co-head of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s economic recovery task force.

What is Gov. Newsom’s task force doing to help California recover during COVID-19?

California is in economic freefall, says Tom Steyer, the co-head of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s economic recovery task force.