Madeleine Brand

Madeleine Brand is the host of  the award-winning daily news and culture show, Press Play. On the show, she covers national, international and local stories through a Southern California lens.  She is also the co-host of KCRW's legal affairs podcast, The Legal Eagle Files.

Madeleine has hosted and reported for NPR and for affiliate stations for more than 30 years. She has a master's degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, where she also taught documentary radio. Madeleine's undergraduate degree is from the University of California Berkeley, where she graduated with honors in English.

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Sean Wang’s Oscar-nominated short documentary, “Nǎi Nai and Wài Pó,” follows the daily lives of his two grandmothers who live together and care for each other.

‘Nǎi Nai and Wài Pó’: Oscar nominee shows special bond between grandmas

Sean Wang’s Oscar-nominated short documentary, “Nǎi Nai and Wài Pó,” follows the daily lives of his two grandmothers who live together and care for each other.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The deluge of rain over California has created a unique, shallow lake in California's Death Valley National Park. Rangers are now welcoming kayakers.

Kayaking in Death Valley: National park now has a 6-mile-long lake

The deluge of rain over California has created a unique, shallow lake in California's Death Valley National Park. Rangers are now welcoming kayakers.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

High-society women in 1960s New York, known as the Swans, befriended writer Truman Capote until his tell-all in Esquire. Their saga is depicted in Ryan Murphy's series “Feud.”

‘Feud’ captures Truman Capote’s fall from grace in New York society circles

High-society women in 1960s New York, known as the Swans, befriended writer Truman Capote until his tell-all in Esquire. Their saga is depicted in Ryan Murphy's series “Feud.”

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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After 35 years, LA bakery Sweet Lady Jane shut down on New Year’s Day. It’s the latest local favorite to close, following the fate of Animal and Mohawk Bend.

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The Emmy-winning “Schitt’s Creek” star’s new Netflix film follows a grieving widower who had run away from his problems.

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A row of tall trees separating a golf course from a historically Black neighborhood in Palm Springs is the subject of a new PBS documentary called “Racist Trees.”

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Where do GOP hopefuls stand after Donald Trump’s Iowa caucus win? Can the Israeli government eradicate Hamas without triggering all-out regional conflict?

from Left, Right & Center

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory plans to lay off 500 employees and dozens of contractors. How will that affect space exploration?

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Gus Van Sant’s film about musician Kurt Cobain’s final days has been adapted into an opera that will make its U.S. debut with the LA Phil this week.

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