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.

A new documentary tells the story of Opportunity, a NASA rover that exceeded expectations, and explored and analyzed the planet’s surface for nearly 15 years.

NASA’s Opportunity rover: 15 years, thousands of photos, incredible bond with scientists

A new documentary tells the story of Opportunity, a NASA rover that exceeded expectations, and explored and analyzed the planet’s surface for nearly 15 years.

Some of the country’s top law schools are pulling out of U.S. News and World Report’s rankings, which critics say penalize schools.

US News’ college rankings are based on wrong metrics, says law school dean

Some of the country’s top law schools are pulling out of U.S. News and World Report’s rankings, which critics say penalize schools.

An American journalist says he was detained by security at a FIFA World Cup match in Qatar. He was wearing a shirt with a soccer ball surrounded by a rainbow.

Qatari government is controlling World Cup, not FIFA, says US journalist

An American journalist says he was detained by security at a FIFA World Cup match in Qatar. He was wearing a shirt with a soccer ball surrounded by a rainbow.

Critics review new film releases: “Strange World,” “Devotion,” “Nanny,” and “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.”

‘Strange World’: Colorful visuals are best part, drama is repetitive, says critic

Critics review new film releases: “Strange World,” “Devotion,” “Nanny,” and “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.”

This year, many Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday deals have already started. What’s going on, and are they any good?

Is Black Friday still a thing? Sorting through confusing holiday sales

This year, many Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday deals have already started. What’s going on, and are they any good?

The winners of this year’s KCRW Radio Race: Team Phantom Thread, comprised of Nelson Aguilar and Chuck Hua. In their story called “Liftoff,” Nelson shared his lifelong secret.

How this Latino man learned to express his emotions without a crutch

The winners of this year’s KCRW Radio Race: Team Phantom Thread, comprised of Nelson Aguilar and Chuck Hua. In their story called “Liftoff,” Nelson shared his lifelong secret.

On Saturday, a gunman burst into LGBTQ bar Club Q and killed five people and injured 17 others. The suspect has a history with law enforcement, including a 2021 bomb threat.

Colorado’s red flag laws didn’t work for gunman accused of past violence

On Saturday, a gunman burst into LGBTQ bar Club Q and killed five people and injured 17 others. The suspect has a history with law enforcement, including a 2021 bomb threat.

As home cooks know, there will likely be hiccups and frustration when putting together a masterful Thanksgiving spread. Good Food host Evan Kleiman shares last-minute hacks.

Last-minute Thanksgiving dinner panic? Evan Kleiman is here to help

As home cooks know, there will likely be hiccups and frustration when putting together a masterful Thanksgiving spread. Good Food host Evan Kleiman shares last-minute hacks.

A shooting at Colorado Springs bar Club Q left five people dead. Two worked at the establishment and another was a mother to an 11-year-old daughter.

LGBTQ hatred drove shooting that killed 5 people, says Colorado Springs community

A shooting at Colorado Springs bar Club Q left five people dead. Two worked at the establishment and another was a mother to an 11-year-old daughter.

Disgraced FTX leader Sam Bankman-Fried is considered one of the founders of the effective altruism movement. Has it ever been successful?

Can Silicon Valley’s effective altruism help solve world’s biggest problems?

Disgraced FTX leader Sam Bankman-Fried is considered one of the founders of the effective altruism movement. Has it ever been successful?

This Thanksgiving, hear again from chefs and cookbook authors who spoke with Press Play.

Tomatoes, tacos, chocolate gingerbread: Alternative Thanksgiving recipes

This Thanksgiving, hear again from chefs and cookbook authors who spoke with Press Play.

Disney’s board of directors has ousted Bob Chapek. Former CEO and Executive Chairman Bob Iger will replace him.

Disney lost $1.5 billion under Bob Chapek. They’re now betting on Bob Iger

Disney’s board of directors has ousted Bob Chapek. Former CEO and Executive Chairman Bob Iger will replace him.

Taylor Swift fans are devastated after major glitches crashed the Ticketmaster sale for her upcoming tour. The company is now under intense scrutiny.

Too powerful? Ticketmaster has exclusive contracts with majority of top US arenas

Taylor Swift fans are devastated after major glitches crashed the Ticketmaster sale for her upcoming tour. The company is now under intense scrutiny.

Another famous U.S. Supreme Court ruling was leaked in 2014. It was written by Justice Samuel Alito.

What connection do evangelical Christians have with SCOTUS judges?

Another famous U.S. Supreme Court ruling was leaked in 2014. It was written by Justice Samuel Alito.

This Thanksgiving, hear again from chefs and cookbook authors who spoke with Press Play.

Tomatoes, tacos, chocolate gingerbread: Alternative Thanksgiving recipes

This Thanksgiving, hear again from chefs and cookbook authors who spoke with Press Play.

William Kentridge is best known for his charcoal illustrations and unique animation style, where he draws a picture, films it, makes changes by erasing and redrawing.

William Kentridge’s family fought apartheid. It influences his work today

William Kentridge is best known for his charcoal illustrations and unique animation style, where he draws a picture, films it, makes changes by erasing and redrawing.

As Congresswoman Karen Bass is officially announced as LA’s next mayor, the homelessness crisis here keeps growing, and Angelenos are losing trust in City Hall.

Mayor-elect Karen Bass wants to build more housing. Funding, approvals will be huge lifts

As Congresswoman Karen Bass is officially announced as LA’s next mayor, the homelessness crisis here keeps growing, and Angelenos are losing trust in City Hall.

Critics review the latest film releases: “The Menu,” “She Said,” “The Inspection,” “Bones and All.”

‘The Menu’ has lush appearance but tired jokes, says critic

Critics review the latest film releases: “The Menu,” “She Said,” “The Inspection,” “Bones and All.”

Billions will watch the World Cup as kicks off on Sunday. But this year’s event is plagued with scandals and allegations of human rights abuses.

World Cup in Qatar: On-field explosive plays, off-field human rights abuses

Billions will watch the World Cup as kicks off on Sunday. But this year’s event is plagued with scandals and allegations of human rights abuses.

If you’re going to bake a pie this Thanksgiving, try making the dough with cookies, nuts, or coconut.

Elevate your Thanksgiving pie crust with cookie crumbs, nuts, coconut

If you’re going to bake a pie this Thanksgiving, try making the dough with cookies, nuts, or coconut.