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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.

Since the Notre Dame fire, many large corporations and philanthropic French families have made hefty donations to restoring the cathedral.

Big donors are funding Notre Dame’s restoration, but is philanthropy the best way to deal with a disaster?

Since the Notre Dame fire, many large corporations and philanthropic French families have made hefty donations to restoring the cathedral.

Our critics review “The Curse of La Llorona,” a thriller about a ghost that stalks children at night in 1970s Los Angeles; “Her Smell,” about a tortured young musician played by…

‘Her Smell:’ a music bio-pic of degradation and addiction to redemption

Our critics review “The Curse of La Llorona,” a thriller about a ghost that stalks children at night in 1970s Los Angeles; “Her Smell,” about a tortured young musician played by…

Jordan Peele’s horror movie “Us” opened about a month ago, and it was the biggest opening weekend of any original horror film in history.

‘Us’ composer on writing music that makes your heart stop

Jordan Peele’s horror movie “Us” opened about a month ago, and it was the biggest opening weekend of any original horror film in history.

Democrats are at a crossroads now that the Mueller report is out.

After Mueller report, should Democrats push for impeachment or focus on 2020 race?

Democrats are at a crossroads now that the Mueller report is out.

Attorney General William Barr released the much-awaited Mueller report this morning.

What’s in the 400-page Mueller report?

Attorney General William Barr released the much-awaited Mueller report this morning.

Stories about women by women are still very rare onscreen. Just apply the Bechdel Test to recent releases and see how few pass.

‘Little Woods’ explores the challenges facing women in rural America

Stories about women by women are still very rare onscreen. Just apply the Bechdel Test to recent releases and see how few pass.

Analysis and response to the report from Congressman Ted Lieu and Republican National Committee member Shawn Steel.

Democratic and Republican response to the report

Analysis and response to the report from Congressman Ted Lieu and Republican National Committee member Shawn Steel.

Attorney General William Barr has unilaterally moved to keep some asylum seekers in jail indefinitely while their claims are processed.

Some asylum seekers may be forced to wait in jail without a bond hearing

Attorney General William Barr has unilaterally moved to keep some asylum seekers in jail indefinitely while their claims are processed.

Gene editing experiments raise ethical questions, and gene editing experiments with primates are even more controversial. For instance, what if we make monkeys too similar to humans?

Chinese researchers have created a new kind of monkey, with human brain genes

Gene editing experiments raise ethical questions, and gene editing experiments with primates are even more controversial. For instance, what if we make monkeys too similar to humans?

A massive library catalog filled with summaries of thousands of books from more than 500 years ago, many of which no longer exist, has just surfaced in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Hernando Colón’s lost library catalog has been rediscovered

A massive library catalog filled with summaries of thousands of books from more than 500 years ago, many of which no longer exist, has just surfaced in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Vulnerability is hard to talk about. Things like, getting hurt, failing, being rejected, admitting you made a mistake are not exactly top of the to-do list.

Being brave is being vulnerable, says Brene Brown

Vulnerability is hard to talk about. Things like, getting hurt, failing, being rejected, admitting you made a mistake are not exactly top of the to-do list.

Attorney General William Barr was sworn in about two months ago. Barr served as Attorney General before, under President George H. W. Bush.

William Barr has served as Attorney General before. What his record tells us about his handling of the Mueller report

Attorney General William Barr was sworn in about two months ago. Barr served as Attorney General before, under President George H. W. Bush.

Take a break from the ‘Game of Thrones’ frenzy and instead show some love for a somewhat overlooked TBS show called ‘The Last O.G.’

The Last O.G. tackles reentry and gentrification with subtlety and hilarity

Take a break from the ‘Game of Thrones’ frenzy and instead show some love for a somewhat overlooked TBS show called ‘The Last O.G.’

The U.S. is on pace to break the record for the most measles cases in a year since the disease was eradicated two decades ago.

United States is set to break the record of reported measles cases

The U.S. is on pace to break the record for the most measles cases in a year since the disease was eradicated two decades ago.

Eighteen candidates have announced their bid for the Democratic nomination in 2020.

There are 18 Democrats running for president. Why do new candidates keep throwing their hats in the ring?

Eighteen candidates have announced their bid for the Democratic nomination in 2020.

President Trump recently released his 2020 fundraising numbers. He’s raised more than $30 million, that’s about what the top two democrats in the field have raised, combined.

What to make of President Trump’s fundraising numbers

President Trump recently released his 2020 fundraising numbers. He’s raised more than $30 million, that’s about what the top two democrats in the field have raised, combined.

The Pulitzers were announced last night and several Angelenos can now add Pulitzer Prize winner to their bios.

Composer Ellen Reid on her Pulitzer Prize winning work ‘p r i s m’

The Pulitzers were announced last night and several Angelenos can now add Pulitzer Prize winner to their bios.

Relly Brown’s ground-floor apartment near MacArthur Park still resembles the hotel room it once was: four walls, no kitchen and a mattress that takes up half the floor.

LA officials are housing more homeless people than ever before, but how?

Relly Brown’s ground-floor apartment near MacArthur Park still resembles the hotel room it once was: four walls, no kitchen and a mattress that takes up half the floor.

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris is burning. The world has just watched its spire fall. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

Fire at Notre-Dame: what that means for Paris and the rest of the world

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris is burning. The world has just watched its spire fall. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

President Trump appears to be still considering a plan to shut down the southern border.

Can the president preemptively pardon someone?

President Trump appears to be still considering a plan to shut down the southern border.