Bennett Purser

Bennett Purser

associate producer, Press Play

Bennett Purser joined KCRW's Press Play in 2020 as a lucky producer who found a job during the COVID-19 pandemic and recession. Before joining the station, he spent two years as a producer for APM's Marketplace, covering business and economics. He started his journalism career at Utah Public Radio, and moved to Los Angeles in 2018 to intern for NPR's Morning Edition. In his free time he likes traveling, concerts, live storytelling and rollerblading on the strand.

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LAUSD classrooms are seeing major disruptions as the district grapples with record COVID rates among students and staff.

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LAUSD classrooms are seeing major disruptions as the district grapples with record COVID rates among students and staff.

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The authors of “ Out of Office” discuss how telecommuting can make people feel an unhealthy need to constantly work, and why it’s problematic to tie so much of your identity to your…

Work heavily shapes American identity. How can we change it?

The authors of “ Out of Office” discuss how telecommuting can make people feel an unhealthy need to constantly work, and why it’s problematic to tie so much of your identity to your…

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Following Saturday’s hostage situation in Texas, LA rabbi Steve Leder shares why local places of worship prioritize security training.

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Following Saturday’s hostage situation in Texas, LA rabbi Steve Leder shares why local places of worship prioritize security training.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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