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Some people are afraid to use potentially germ-filled public restrooms as stay-at-home restrictions begin lifting. That's boosting sales of products that offer creative alternatives.

The film follows women who form a choir to cope with their spouses' deployments to Afghanistan. "It's a story that speaks to a huge number of partners, spouses and wives of the military," Horgan says.

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Jeremy Earl about his band Woods and its new album, <em>Strange to Explain</em>, which he wrote in the months following the birth of his daughter.

Some Texas cities are taking additional steps to protect renters and delay evictions, but many Texans remain vulnerable. A Houston rental assistance program ran out of funding in just 90 minutes.

As part of the effort, curators at the National Museum of African American History and Culture plan to collect objects that tell the stories of black Americans during the pandemic.

NPR's Scott Simon talks with the R&B singer dubbed "the Ugandan Frank Ocean" about his album <em>GERG </em>and his experience reconciling his sexuality with the community that raised him.

With meat packing plants and supply lines disrupted by the coronavirus, hog farmers are having to euthanize animals that were intended for food.

Georgianna Glose, a nun who blew the whistle on sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church, died from COVID-19 complications. She was 73.

The Emmy Award-winning television writer, director and producer has spun comedy from the threads of ordinary life for 30 years. Now he's shifting focus to an imagined "life" after death in <em>Upload. </em>

This spring, congregations are reimagining how to celebrate bar and bat mitzvahs in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Some of these Jewish coming of age ceremonies are going online.

House Democrats accused the president of trying to protect Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from investigation by firing the State Department inspector general, Steve Linick.

J.C. Penney began 2020 with hopes of yet another turnaround. Instead, the coronavirus shutdowns across the country have forced the department store and mall mainstay into bankruptcy.

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California is in economic freefall, says Tom Steyer, the co-head of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s economic recovery task force.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Governor Newsom’s executive order to allow everyone to mail in their November ballots is facing a legal challenge from Republicans.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

As some of the country plans to reopen, meatpacking workers in Vernon are calling for the closure of the Farmer John food processing plant.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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Many people have been telecommuting for more than two months now. “I really need a lot of quiet. I'm either on the phone interviewing people or am quietly writing.

Working from home: pros and cons

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from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

In this episode of The Legal Eagle Files, KCRW host and journalist Madeleine Brand and law professor Jessica Levinson discuss the politicization of the Department of Justice.

The Department of Justice or the Department of Trump?

In this episode of The Legal Eagle Files, KCRW host and journalist Madeleine Brand and law professor Jessica Levinson discuss the politicization of the Department of Justice.

from The Legal Eagle Files

Since it's impossible to hold mass public gatherings to mourn those who have died of COVID-19, people are creating new ways to memorialize the dead.

Memorializing those who died in the time of COVID-19

Since it's impossible to hold mass public gatherings to mourn those who have died of COVID-19, people are creating new ways to memorialize the dead.

from NPR

The new guidelines stipulate religious centers must limit attendance to 100 people or 25% of the building's capacity, whichever is lower. They also recommend against singing and group recitation.

California houses of worship, in-store retailers can reopen

The new guidelines stipulate religious centers must limit attendance to 100 people or 25% of the building's capacity, whichever is lower. They also recommend against singing and group recitation.

from NPR

O n this Memorial Day, Press Play re-airs some favorite music segments. Bruce Springsteen has a devoted following in the queer community.

Memorial Day music special

O n this Memorial Day, Press Play re-airs some favorite music segments. Bruce Springsteen has a devoted following in the queer community.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Bruce Springsteen is often seen as the the All-American man, especially with his blue jeans and Super Bowl halftime performances with the huge firework displays.   
  Springsteen also…

Bruce Springsteen’s appeal to LGBTQ women

Bruce Springsteen is often seen as the the All-American man, especially with his blue jeans and Super Bowl halftime performances with the huge firework displays.  Springsteen also…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

A new report from    Ampere Analysis    says the film and TV industry is set to lose $160 billion over the next five years because of the coronavirus shutdown.

Hollywood news banter: Production to resume, HBO Max coming soon

A new report from Ampere Analysis says the film and TV industry is set to lose $160 billion over the next five years because of the coronavirus shutdown.

from The Business

Over Memorial Day weekend, San Diego, Kern, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties are starting up their economies again.

Big Bear, Joshua Tree, Ventura County resume business during Memorial Day

Over Memorial Day weekend, San Diego, Kern, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties are starting up their economies again.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand