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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Former president Ronald Reagan disclosed his Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis in 1994. He died a decade later.

Ronald Reagan’s journey with Alzheimer’s and advice for caregivers

Former president Ronald Reagan disclosed his Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis in 1994. He died a decade later.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Following the deportation of thousands of Haitian migrants from the U.S.-Mexico, the U.S. special envoy to Haiti has resigned.

Fallout of deporting Haitian migrants, plus CA’s potential ban on ‘stealthing’ during sex

Following the deportation of thousands of Haitian migrants from the U.S.-Mexico, the U.S. special envoy to Haiti has resigned.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

New information is out about how Trump wanted to seize a second presidential term.

What Facebook knows about IG’s harm on teens, and how 30-year-olds are buying $1 million LA homes

New information is out about how Trump wanted to seize a second presidential term.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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September 14 is the last day for Californians to vote in the gubernatorial recall election, and the latest polls show Governor Gavin Newsom is likely to keep his job.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The leading Republican candidate in the California recall election is trying to build a multi-ethnic coalition of voters — and overcome criticism for his views on race.

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If you live in California and care at all about a sudden change of leadership in this state, you’ll want to vote in the 2021 recall election.

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