Managing producer of Press Play.
Managing producer of Press Play.
Movies to watch during the holidays If you’re overstuffed after Thanksgiving, maybe relax with a movie. We hear from Emmy winning actor Sterling K. Brown, get recommendations for this year’s holiday movies, and learn about a new documentary on making fireworks in one Mexican town.
Conversations with Jesmyn Ward, Teju Cole, and other authors we love With the holidays comes time to read, so we’re revisiting some of our favorite conversations with authors about race, photography, food and more!
When the sports field becomes a political battlefield Race and sports have always been intertwined in America — but under Trump, they are inseparable in a new way. Why does the president repeatedly single out sports figures of color for criticism?
Rep. Speier fights sexual harassment on Capitol Hill California Congresswoman Jackie Speier shared her personal story of sexual assault in a video posted last month. She’s urging colleagues to come out with their experiences too, and has introduced legislation to change how sexual abuse is handled on Capitol Hill. This week, we learned Rep. John Conyers allegedly used office funds to pay $27,000 to a former aide who filed a sexual harassment claim against him.
The religious left raises its voice For decades, the political right has made religiosity their brand. But a "religious left" has risen since President Trump's election, and progressive clergy members have witnessed a renewal of interest in spirituality. Have evangelical conservatives finally met their match in the political arena?
Language in the age of BuzzFeed and Twitter With social media, the internet, and emojis everywhere, traditional rules for writing have broken down. One editor suggests language is fluid, and there’s no single correct way to write anymore.
Why won't the debate over the Civil War go away? The Civil War may have ended more than 152 years ago, but the battle over the national memory of the conflict -- and the motive for Southern secession -- has flared anew. From confederate monument defenders on the streets to the pop historians in the White House, the whitewashed "Lost Cause" rationale -- of Southern honor and states' rights -- is getting a new lease on life in 2017.
Why 'Alias Grace' is relevant in Weinstein era The new Netflix series “Alias Grace,” based on a book by Margaret Atwood, tells the true story of a Victorian-era servant who was convicted of killing her employer and his housekeeper when she was 16. The show is more of a window into the ways women have been oppressed and have had to navigate a male-dominated world.
Growing up black with Trump in the White House Donald Trump's exploitation of white racial resentment helped cement his victory in 2016, but it also revealed a lot about our culture. When One Year Later host Jamil Smith visited his hometown in Cleveland, he spoke with young black students at his high school about what it's like to live through the Trump presidency.
Could China be the first country to find aliens? China has built the world’s largest radio dish to search for extraterrestrial life. This comes at a time when an earth-sized planet has been discovered about 11 light years away. Will China discover extraterrestrials before the rest of us?
There Goes the Neighborhood LIVE: Solutions In this podcast bonus, four guests discuss solutions to high housing costs and gentrification in Los Angeles. Recorded live at the Central Library on Nov. 15 and moderated by "Press Play" host Madeleine Brand, this event was a companion to the KCRW-WNYC podcast series "There Goes the Neighborhood."
Second Amendment, guns, and race Social science researchers have found that support for gun rights is strongest among whites who are racially prejudiced. However, since Donald Trump's election, it's black Americans who feel the need to protect themselves. Does everyone have the same Second Amendment rights?
What is the Uranium One deal? The Uranium One deal was a big talking point among Trump supporters during the campaign, and now it’s back in the news. It revolves around the 2010 sale of a Canadian company called Uranium One to a Russian entity. Trump and other conservatives claim it was actually a shady play-to-pay scheme involving then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.