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.

Judge Judy has been on TV for two decades, resolving real-life small claim disputes. She makes nearly $50 million a year for it.

How Judge Judy built a multi-million dollar fortune

Judge Judy has been on TV for two decades, resolving real-life small claim disputes. She makes nearly $50 million a year for it.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says his department is about to run out of money to house migrant children. The House is voting today on appropriating that money.

The Head of Customs and Border Protection resigns as outrage mounts over the treatment of detained migrant children

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says his department is about to run out of money to house migrant children. The House is voting today on appropriating that money.

Congress is set to vote on a bill today that would deliver more than $4 billion in emergency aid to help address the crisis at the border.

Democratic Congressman Gil Cisneros on why the Hispanic Caucus is not supporting a bill that would help address the crisis at the border

Congress is set to vote on a bill today that would deliver more than $4 billion in emergency aid to help address the crisis at the border.

Ornithologist Caroline Van Hemert and her husband, Pat, had no real training when they set off to travel 4000 miles by rowboat, foot, skis, and rafts across some of the most remote and…

A couple’s 4000-mile journey across the Arctic by foot and canoe

Ornithologist Caroline Van Hemert and her husband, Pat, had no real training when they set off to travel 4000 miles by rowboat, foot, skis, and rafts across some of the most remote and…

Kids are taking care of babies who don’t have diapers and are covered in mucus. There are no showers or toothbrushes. Children are sleeping on cement floors.

Migrant detention center: No toothbrushes or showers, kids sleeping on cement floors

Kids are taking care of babies who don’t have diapers and are covered in mucus. There are no showers or toothbrushes. Children are sleeping on cement floors.

KCRW DJ Eric J. Lawrence shares songs that inspired him to finish his master’s degree in English literature.

Songs that inspired KCRW DJ Eric J. Lawrence through grad school

KCRW DJ Eric J. Lawrence shares songs that inspired him to finish his master’s degree in English literature.

In a viral    video    from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, a Department of Justice attorney argued that it is “safe and sanitary” to detain migrant children without soap,…

The government’s rationale for denying basic sanitary products to migrant kids

In a viral video from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, a Department of Justice attorney argued that it is “safe and sanitary” to detain migrant children without soap,…

Leslie Morgan has been through two harrowing marriages.   
  At age 23, she married a Wall Street trader named Conor, who started physically abusing her five days before their…

'Joyfully single:' How a 49-year-old divorcee regained her confidence thanks to 5 lovers

Leslie Morgan has been through two harrowing marriages.  At age 23, she married a Wall Street trader named Conor, who started physically abusing her five days before their…

In the U.S., more than 30 million people have diabetes. That comes out to nearly one out of every 10 Americans.

Why it now costs far more for insulin

In the U.S., more than 30 million people have diabetes. That comes out to nearly one out of every 10 Americans.

O ur critics review "Child's Play," the eighth movie about the murdering doll, but this time Chucky is a defective robot/app; "Anna," about a former model-turned-assassin; "Toni…

With Forky in 'Toy Story 4,' is there a recycling message?

O ur critics review "Child's Play," the eighth movie about the murdering doll, but this time Chucky is a defective robot/app; "Anna," about a former model-turned-assassin; "Toni…

A war crimes trial is underway in San Diego for Navy Seal Chief Edward Gallagher.

Navy Seal trial in San Diego takes dramatic turn

A war crimes trial is underway in San Diego for Navy Seal Chief Edward Gallagher.

At least 81 gray whales have washed up this year along the coasts of California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska.

More than 80 whales starved, washed up on Pacific Coast this year

At least 81 gray whales have washed up this year along the coasts of California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska.

President Trump today tweeted about a proposed airstrike on three targets in Tehran.

What would a US-Iran war look like?

President Trump today tweeted about a proposed airstrike on three targets in Tehran.

Toni Morrison is one of the most important writers in American literature, but she wasn’t instantly recognized as such.

New documentary follows the life of Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison is one of the most important writers in American literature, but she wasn’t instantly recognized as such.

he La Brea Tar Pits have waited nearly 40,000 years for a makeover. Three architectural firms are rethinking the 12-acre area, which includes the tar pits, the George C.

LA Brea Tar Pits to be redesigned

he La Brea Tar Pits have waited nearly 40,000 years for a makeover. Three architectural firms are rethinking the 12-acre area, which includes the tar pits, the George C.

After news that LA’s homeless population grew by 16% last year, Mayor Eric Garcetti is under increasing pressure to do more about it, and do it quickly.

Is Mayor Garcetti doing enough on housing? Is bureaucracy holding him back from doing more?

After news that LA’s homeless population grew by 16% last year, Mayor Eric Garcetti is under increasing pressure to do more about it, and do it quickly.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously this week to ban the sale of e-cigarettes in attempts to curb kids from using them.

San Francisco wants to ban e-cigarettes, Juul fights back

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously this week to ban the sale of e-cigarettes in attempts to curb kids from using them.

Iran shot down a U.S. Navy drone today. Iranians claim the drone flew over Iran. The U.S. denies this, and says it was flying in international air space.

Iran shot down a U.S. drone, is military action looming?

Iran shot down a U.S. Navy drone today. Iranians claim the drone flew over Iran. The U.S. denies this, and says it was flying in international air space.

California Governor Gavin Newsom says he will support a bill that tightens vaccine requirements for school children.

The deep pockets behind the anti-vax movement

California Governor Gavin Newsom says he will support a bill that tightens vaccine requirements for school children.

The topic of reparations has gained traction on the campaign trail, with several Democratic presidential candidates supporting the idea, including former Texas Congressman Beto…

Presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke on reparations, climate change, and regulating tech giants

The topic of reparations has gained traction on the campaign trail, with several Democratic presidential candidates supporting the idea, including former Texas Congressman Beto…