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.

TV has lied about abortion, says Tanya Melendez, a researcher at the University of Illinois.

Abortion on TV affects our laws and conversations. How storytelling has shifted from 1960s to today

TV has lied about abortion, says Tanya Melendez, a researcher at the University of Illinois.

Jack Dorsey, the founder and CEO of Twitter, announced in a Tweet early Monday that he is resigning. What’s next for the company without him?

Jack Dorsey defended Twitter while investors wanted to milk it for money. What’s the platform’s future?

Jack Dorsey, the founder and CEO of Twitter, announced in a Tweet early Monday that he is resigning. What’s next for the company without him?

Playwright Sarah Ruhl has spent 10 years recovering from Bell’s palsy, a mysterious and sudden facial paralysis, while juggling motherhood and a writing career.

With facial paralysis due to Bell’s palsy, this writer focused on her mind instead of her body

Playwright Sarah Ruhl has spent 10 years recovering from Bell’s palsy, a mysterious and sudden facial paralysis, while juggling motherhood and a writing career.

The Omicron variant has spread to about a dozen countries after being discovered in South Africa this month, and scientists don’t know how contagious it is or whether today’s vaccines…

It might take weeks to understand Omicron variant, says global health scholar

The Omicron variant has spread to about a dozen countries after being discovered in South Africa this month, and scientists don’t know how contagious it is or whether today’s vaccines…

Art Basel Miami Beach returns this week after a COVID-19 hiatus. The annual art show attracts galleries from around the world.

Art Basel: The art world’s huge party begins this week in Miami Beach

Art Basel Miami Beach returns this week after a COVID-19 hiatus. The annual art show attracts galleries from around the world.

At least four LAPD officers and a deputy in the LA Sheriff’s Department knowingly bought stolen guns from the LAPD Police Academy’s gun store, according to a new investigation .

Some LAPD officers bought guns from Police Academy’s store, knowing they were stolen, says investigation

At least four LAPD officers and a deputy in the LA Sheriff’s Department knowingly bought stolen guns from the LAPD Police Academy’s gun store, according to a new investigation .

The Marías use jazz, indie-pop and reggaeton to create a dreamy soundscape, with lyrics in both English and Spanish. The band was formed in LA by María Zardoya and Josh Conway.

The Marías wanted to make music for movies. Now they’re nominated for a Grammy

The Marías use jazz, indie-pop and reggaeton to create a dreamy soundscape, with lyrics in both English and Spanish. The band was formed in LA by María Zardoya and Josh Conway.

Two high-profile criminal cases get underway today.

Ghislaine Maxwell and Jussie Smollet trials: Breaking them down on day 1

Two high-profile criminal cases get underway today.

Settlers from Plymouth England shared an autumn feast with the Wampanoag tribe in Massachusetts 400 years ago — a tradition we’ve come to call Thanksgiving.

The ‘dystopian horror story’ of the US’ founding, and how Americans still cannot admit fault

Settlers from Plymouth England shared an autumn feast with the Wampanoag tribe in Massachusetts 400 years ago — a tradition we’ve come to call Thanksgiving.

Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael, and their neighbor William Bryan were deemed guilty today for murdering Ahmaud Arbery, a Black 25-year-old, when he was out jogging in…

Guilty of murdering Ahmaud Arbery: 3 white defendants face verdicts from nearly all-white jury

Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael, and their neighbor William Bryan were deemed guilty today for murdering Ahmaud Arbery, a Black 25-year-old, when he was out jogging in…

What would your version be of a Thanksgiving that was less work and maybe last minute?

Easy last-minute Thanksgiving: Sandwich buffet with hardly-used condiments and any veggies you have

What would your version be of a Thanksgiving that was less work and maybe last minute?

Critics review “Licorice Pizza,” about a couple navigating love in the San Fernando Valley in the early 1970s; “Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City,” the latest flick based on the…

‘Encanto’ is fun for whole family, with songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda as he’s in ‘Moana mode,’ says critic

Critics review “Licorice Pizza,” about a couple navigating love in the San Fernando Valley in the early 1970s; “Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City,” the latest flick based on the…

Press Play looks at this year’s slate of holiday offerings: “Single All The Way,” about a single man who persuades his best friend to pretend to be his boyfriend for a holiday trip…

‘Single All the Way,’ ‘Real Housewives of the North Pole’: Which Christmas films are worth watching?

Press Play looks at this year’s slate of holiday offerings: “Single All The Way,” about a single man who persuades his best friend to pretend to be his boyfriend for a holiday trip…

Real trees are nearly twice as expensive compared to 2015, and artificial tree retailers had to increase prices by 20-30% this season, according to the Christmas Tree Association.

Buying a Christmas tree this year? Find one ASAP and be prepared to pay more

Real trees are nearly twice as expensive compared to 2015, and artificial tree retailers had to increase prices by 20-30% this season, according to the Christmas Tree Association.

AAA expects more than 53 million people to travel for Thanksgiving this year, nearly matching pre-pandemic levels amid hopes of a semi-formal holiday season.

Flying this holiday? Bring patience amid long waits and sympathy for airport staff

AAA expects more than 53 million people to travel for Thanksgiving this year, nearly matching pre-pandemic levels amid hopes of a semi-formal holiday season.

Governor Gavin Newsom says “substantially more” law enforcement officers will be near busy retail stores this Thanksgiving week.

From SF to LA, luxury retail stores face brazen robberies. How is law enforcement responding?

Governor Gavin Newsom says “substantially more” law enforcement officers will be near busy retail stores this Thanksgiving week.

Press Play speaks to the screenwriter of “House of Gucci,” a new film about the backstabbing and murderous family behind the iconic fashion brand.

‘House of Gucci’: New film shows family betrayal, vengeance, and murder behind the iconic fashion brand

Press Play speaks to the screenwriter of “House of Gucci,” a new film about the backstabbing and murderous family behind the iconic fashion brand.

Closing arguments began today in the trial against the three white men charged with murdering Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man, in Brunswick, Georgia.

Ahmaud Arbery and Kyle Rittenhouse cases: ‘Reasonable suspicion’ is tied to race and place in America

Closing arguments began today in the trial against the three white men charged with murdering Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man, in Brunswick, Georgia.

This Thanksgiving, Press Play is revisiting interviews with the authors and chefs behind some of our favorite 2021 cookbooks.

Thanksgiving 2021: Skip turkey. How about hummus, dumplings, ancient grains, cocktails?

This Thanksgiving, Press Play is revisiting interviews with the authors and chefs behind some of our favorite 2021 cookbooks.

“Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson" examines that infamous Super Bowl halftime performance and how it damaged Jackson’s career for years.

‘Malfunction’ at Super Bowl halftime: Gender inequity and media derailed Janet Jackson, fans saved her

“Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson" examines that infamous Super Bowl halftime performance and how it damaged Jackson’s career for years.