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’s Press Play asked audience members to share one habit they’ve picked up in the past year that they hope to keep.

Being outdoors, working from home, ditching bras: What listeners want to keep from the pandemic

KCRW’s Press Play asked audience members to share one habit they’ve picked up in the past year that they hope to keep.

California plans to launch a statewide electronic vaccine verification program, which Gov. Gavin Newsom does not call a passport.

California plans a digital vaccine verification system as it prepares for full reopening

California plans to launch a statewide electronic vaccine verification program, which Gov. Gavin Newsom does not call a passport.

In 1920, jazz singer Mamie Smith released a record called “Crazy Blues.” She was the first Black female singer to record and release a blues song.

How blues great Mamie Smith paved the way for Black female musicians and their fans

In 1920, jazz singer Mamie Smith released a record called “Crazy Blues.” She was the first Black female singer to record and release a blues song.

This month, the NFL announced it would end its practice of “race norming.”

NFL ends ‘race norming,’ a practice that made it tougher for Black players to qualify for legal settlement

This month, the NFL announced it would end its practice of “race norming.”

Many KCRW listeners told Press Play they wanted to continue doing less now that the state has fully reopened.

Ditching Friday night out? Subtracting things from your life can be beneficial, and science proves it

Many KCRW listeners told Press Play they wanted to continue doing less now that the state has fully reopened.

Reality shows were a big source of comfort for many people during quarantine.

From floral arrangements to lego construction, TV craft competitions were a hit during pandemic

Reality shows were a big source of comfort for many people during quarantine.

This weekend, a federal judge in Texas dismissed a lawsuit filed by workers at Houston Methodist hospital who objected to a mandatory vaccine program.

Houston health care workers challenge their hospital's vaccine mandate. Judge dismisses the lawsuit

This weekend, a federal judge in Texas dismissed a lawsuit filed by workers at Houston Methodist hospital who objected to a mandatory vaccine program.

Calm. It’s something many people haven’t felt a lot during more than a year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Calm app made meditation chic — and billions of dollars along the way

Calm. It’s something many people haven’t felt a lot during more than a year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Monday marked Naftali Bennett’s first day as Israel’s prime minister.

Israel’s new prime minister has California roots. How will Naftali Bennett shape his country?

Monday marked Naftali Bennett’s first day as Israel’s prime minister.

Critics review “ In the Heights ,” the film adaptation of Lin Manuel Miranda’s 2008 Tony Award-winning musical, all about the Washington Heights neighborhood in New York City; “The…

‘In the Heights’ has thrilling musical numbers and big story, says critic

Critics review “ In the Heights ,” the film adaptation of Lin Manuel Miranda’s 2008 Tony Award-winning musical, all about the Washington Heights neighborhood in New York City; “The…

Just one Bitcoin transaction uses as much power as an average American household consumes in an entire month. That’s according to the website Digiconomist.

How cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Dogecoin can harm the environment

Just one Bitcoin transaction uses as much power as an average American household consumes in an entire month. That’s according to the website Digiconomist.

With the pandemic waning, Bavel in LA’s Arts District has once again become one of the toughest restaurant reservations to get.

How the Arts District restaurant Bavel managed to survive COVID and produce a new cookbook

With the pandemic waning, Bavel in LA’s Arts District has once again become one of the toughest restaurant reservations to get.

California fully reopens on June 15, which means vaccinated residents can ditch their masks in most places. But not necessarily the workplace — yet.

California has another set of masking rules, even though it’s fully reopening next week

California fully reopens on June 15, which means vaccinated residents can ditch their masks in most places. But not necessarily the workplace — yet.

National Geographic announced there is a fifth ocean around Antarctica. It's called the Southern Ocean. The designation has big implications for our understanding of climate change.

The Southern Ocean: National Geographic announces new ocean near Antarctica

National Geographic announced there is a fifth ocean around Antarctica. It's called the Southern Ocean. The designation has big implications for our understanding of climate change.

The cost of living surged 5% last month, according to the Department of Labor. That’s the highest inflation rate we’ve seen in more than a decade.

Prices are up for used cars, furniture, bacon. Is this higher inflation temporary or permanent?

The cost of living surged 5% last month, according to the Department of Labor. That’s the highest inflation rate we’ve seen in more than a decade.

Part of Vice President Harris’ portfolio is tackling the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Once they’re in U.S.

Some migrant kids from Central America must learn to represent themselves in immigration court

Part of Vice President Harris’ portfolio is tackling the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Once they’re in U.S.

Lin Manuel Miranda's breakout 2008 musical "In the Heights" won four Tony Awards. Now it’s been turned into a movie.

Lin Manuel Miranda’s ‘In the Heights’ explores love, joy, and dreams in Washington Heights

Lin Manuel Miranda's breakout 2008 musical "In the Heights" won four Tony Awards. Now it’s been turned into a movie.

Picture yourself suspended in space, staring down at the blue marble you call home. This could soon be a reality, depending on your tax bracket, height and weight.

Outer space is the new hot vacation destination for the super rich

Picture yourself suspended in space, staring down at the blue marble you call home. This could soon be a reality, depending on your tax bracket, height and weight.

The FDA approved a new drug that’s been described as a milestone for treating Alzheimer’s disease. Aduhelm is the first treatment for the disease in almost two decades.

FDA green-lights Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm, despite little evidence it works

The FDA approved a new drug that’s been described as a milestone for treating Alzheimer’s disease. Aduhelm is the first treatment for the disease in almost two decades.

In her first international trip as vice president, Kamala Harris visited Central America this week.

As Guatemala grapples with corruption, US increases aid

In her first international trip as vice president, Kamala Harris visited Central America this week.