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.

LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas talks about whether businesses must shut down again, getting Angelenos to comply with safety orders, and balancing public health with economic…

COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths are rising in LA. What the Board of Supervisors plans to do

LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas talks about whether businesses must shut down again, getting Angelenos to comply with safety orders, and balancing public health with economic…

“It’s usually a group of friends, or maybe two cars will pull up together, and they’ll pull out some folding chairs and then have an al-fresco picnic.

Resurgence of drive-in theaters is one silver lining for film business during pandemic

“It’s usually a group of friends, or maybe two cars will pull up together, and they’ll pull out some folding chairs and then have an al-fresco picnic.

To stay afloat during the pandemic, restaurants and bartenders are making cocktails for delivery or pick-up.

Evan Kleiman’s favorite to-go cocktails in LA and OC

To stay afloat during the pandemic, restaurants and bartenders are making cocktails for delivery or pick-up.

Many people don’t want to board planes for COVID-19 safety reasons, and they’re concerned about hotels and Airbnbs. They're turning to camping instead, and RV sales are exploding.

RV sales are up as people try to make something of a summer lost to COVID

Many people don’t want to board planes for COVID-19 safety reasons, and they’re concerned about hotels and Airbnbs. They're turning to camping instead, and RV sales are exploding.

Chechnya is a lawless region of Russia. It’s tucked away in a remote corner of the Caucasus near the Caspian Sea.

‘Welcome to Chechnya’ looks at systematic persecution of LGBTQ people in the Russian republic

Chechnya is a lawless region of Russia. It’s tucked away in a remote corner of the Caucasus near the Caspian Sea.

KCRW talks about whether students might have a staggered schedule for in-person classes, whether states can override district decisions, and where money fits into it all.

LAUSD’s fall semester starts next month. No one knows what it will look like

KCRW talks about whether students might have a staggered schedule for in-person classes, whether states can override district decisions, and where money fits into it all.

The Supreme Court wrapped up its term today by handing a big blow to President Trump.

Supreme Court hands a big blow to Trump, says he must hand over his tax returns

The Supreme Court wrapped up its term today by handing a big blow to President Trump.

Nationally, President Trump is trailing Joe Biden by an average of about 10 points, and he’s behind Biden in key battlegrounds like Florida, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Republican strategist on why Trump and moderate GOP senators need to go

Nationally, President Trump is trailing Joe Biden by an average of about 10 points, and he’s behind Biden in key battlegrounds like Florida, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

More than    17 million Americans    traveled to Europe in 2018, according to the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Travel and Tourism Office.

How banning US travelers affects Europe’s tourism industry

More than 17 million Americans traveled to Europe in 2018, according to the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Travel and Tourism Office.

“Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi has a new Hulu series called “Taste the Nation.” Her stories are informed by her identity as an American and an immigrant from India.

In ‘Taste the Nation,’ Padma Lakshmi looks at immigrants’ lives in US

“Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi has a new Hulu series called “Taste the Nation.” Her stories are informed by her identity as an American and an immigrant from India.

In LA County and nationwide, it’s tough to get a quick appointment and fast results.

LA County can’t keep up with coronavirus testing demand

In LA County and nationwide, it’s tough to get a quick appointment and fast results.

On average, the net worth of white families in the U.S. is nearly 10 times that of Black families.

Moving money into Black banks won’t fix economic inequality, says professor

On average, the net worth of white families in the U.S. is nearly 10 times that of Black families.

The Supreme Court ruled on two major cases today involving religious freedom.

Supreme Court rules employers can opt out of Obamacare’s birth control mandate

The Supreme Court ruled on two major cases today involving religious freedom.

The Pentagon and the Department of Health and Human Services are leading a $10 billion program to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. It’s dubbed “Operation Warp Speed.” The name indicates the hope that an effective vaccine can be developed quickly — by January and the start of a new presidential term.

‘Operation Warp Speed’: US government’s $10 million COVID vaccine project

The Pentagon and the Department of Health and Human Services are leading a $10 billion program to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. It’s dubbed “Operation Warp Speed.” The name indicates the hope that an effective vaccine can be developed quickly — by January and the start of a new presidential term.

ICE announced that for international students enrolled at colleges that don’t offer in-person instruction this fall, they can maintain their student visas only by transferring to…

International students must leave US if they can’t take in-person classes this fall

ICE announced that for international students enrolled at colleges that don’t offer in-person instruction this fall, they can maintain their student visas only by transferring to…

Coronavirus has become the defining issue of the 2020 election.

How Biden and Trump campaigns are approaching COVID-19

Coronavirus has become the defining issue of the 2020 election.

Many small businesses have sought loans from the government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). More than $500 billion in loans have been granted to qualifying businesses.

Federal PPP loan recipients include Yeezy, Jelly Belly, and other businesses

Many small businesses have sought loans from the government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). More than $500 billion in loans have been granted to qualifying businesses.

The Golden State Killer, now identified as 74-year-old Joseph DeAngelo, recently pleaded guilty to several crimes, including 13 counts of first degree murder.

‘I’ll Be Gone In The Dark’ chronicles Michelle McNamara’s obsession with finding the Golden State Killer

The Golden State Killer, now identified as 74-year-old Joseph DeAngelo, recently pleaded guilty to several crimes, including 13 counts of first degree murder.

In a unanimous decision today, the Supreme Court justices said states can punish Electoral College delegates for not voting for the person who wins the popular vote.

Supreme Court issues big decision on faithless electors and minor decision on robocalls

In a unanimous decision today, the Supreme Court justices said states can punish Electoral College delegates for not voting for the person who wins the popular vote.

Janelle Monáe is helping organize a food drive in LA's Watts neighborhood on Tuesday, July 7.

Janelle Monáe on organizing an LA food drive during pandemic, dismantling systemic racism

Janelle Monáe is helping organize a food drive in LA's Watts neighborhood on Tuesday, July 7.