KCRW's Press Play with Madeleine Brand
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Madeleine Brand examines the latest ideas and trends that are shaping our world and shaping Los Angeles. Madeleine talks with news makers, big thinkers, and everyday people as we map out our modern world. Monday through Friday, noon-1pm.
||Airline Cockpit Safety, the Supreme Court?s Diversity Problem, and Email||In the wake of Tuesday?s Germanwings Airbus crash, we look at safety rules and regulations for pilots in the cockpit: how have they changed over the years? And is it simply impossible to prepare for every possible catastrophe?||3/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Violent Crime on the Rise, a Skid Row Millionaire, and ?Woman in Gold?||We start today with a peek behind the LAPD?s latest crime stats. Violent crime is up 27 percent across the city. Why? Then, the story of a recluse who quietly amassed a $3 million fortune. He recently died and left donations to several Skid Row organizat||3/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||LA Teachers Boycott, Angelina Jolie and Women?s Health, and Summer Books||We start today with a look at the impasse between Los Angeles teachers and the school district over salaries and class sizes. Teachers are planning to boycott faculty meetings this afternoon, but the superintendent says that?s illegal. Could the dispute||3/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Ted Cruz, 'Empire' Finale, and Parker Center's Fate||We start with a look at Texas Senator Ted Cruz?s bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Also, in our weekly television roundup, was the season finale of Empire a fan favorite or drama overkill?||3/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Mexican Farmworkers Strike, Friday Film and Monica Lewinsky's Comeback||A look at the massive farmworker strike in Baja, California, going on now. Also, Monica Lewinsky is making a comeback of sorts, speaking out about the scandal that has defined her life in many ways since the late ?90s.||3/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Fast Food Fail, Skid Row Running Club and Finance for Kids||LA?s ban on new fast food restaurants in the city?s poorest neighborhoods hasn?t reduced obesity. And, Press Play producer Anna Scott profiles a criminal courts judge who?s started a running club for homeless and formerly-homeless people on Skid Row.||3/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Netanyahu's About-Face, the Politics of Water Restrictions, Fanfiction||We start today with Rep. Adam Schiff, who represents parts of Los Angeles, on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu?s reelection and about-face on a two-state policy. Also, California has new water use restrictions. But why don?t they go further?||3/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Venice High School Arrests, Wikipedia's Feminist Makeover and Chinatown||We start today with a look at the sexual assault allegations at Venice High School: A defense lawyer explains the legal issues at play, a teacher at the school describes concerns about the lax security system there, and a we hear from a woman who works w||3/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Robert Durst's Possible Confession, Issa Rae and Baby Boomers Overdosing||Did Robert Durst?s shocking turn on HBO?s The Jinx amount to a confession? Also, what do we know about when the filmmakers started to cooperate with law enforcement, and what are the moral considerations for investigative journalists when reporting uncov||3/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Exide Battery Plant Closes, a Karl Ove Knausgaard Subject and 'Going Clear'||We start today with a look at the Exide battery plant in Vernon, which is closing and cleaning up its site after decades as a notorious polluter. How did the company escape prosecution? Also, where will all those batteries now go to die?||3/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Secret Service Scandal, Lisa Adams and Two Faces of the Central Valley||With President Obama in town, we start with a look at the latest Secret Service Scandal: two senior agents ran a government car into White House security barricades after apparently drinking. Why has the security agency had so many recent lapses?||3/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||A New Earthquake Forecast, Mayweather v. Pacquiao and the "Wrecking Crew"||Experts have updated California?s earthquake forecast -- and the predictions are not good. Our risk of experiencing a magnitude 8 quake have nearly doubled. On the four-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, can we learn anything from t||3/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Marijuana Legalization Push, How Narcissists are Made and the Apple Watch||Senators from New York, New Jersey and Kentucky want to end the federal prohibition on medical marijuana. And, why did AEG drop its proposal for a football stadium in Downtown L.A.?||3/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Science of Sleep Deprivation, New Credit Rules and Brian Williams||As we adjust to Daylight Saving Time, we look at some new science on the consequences of sleep deprivation. Turns out, even as little as 30 minutes of lost sleep can increase the risk of obesity and diseases like diabetes.||3/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Dov Charney Can't Quit American Apparel, Albert Maysles, and Tickling Science||We begin today with a look at American Apparel: The L.A.-based clothing company is embroiled in a rift between workers loyal to fired CEO Dov Charney and new management. Also, a tribute to the legendary documentarians the Maysles brothers. Albert Maysles||3/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Ferguson and L.A., the Rise of Superbugs, and Elephants Leaving the Circus||Today, we start with a two-part look at the Department of Justice report on Ferguson, MO, released yesterday: First, an in-depth look at the civil rights abuses it details, and then a comparison to L.A.?s history of racism in law enforcement.||3/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Pizza Lobby, the Amazing Randi, and Obamacare at the Supreme Court||A case that could gut the Affordable Care Act went before the U.S. Supreme Court today. What did the lawyers argue, and how did the justices react? Then, a look at the results of yesterday?s city election and the dismal turnout.||3/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||How to Help Skid Row's Homeless, the Faces of King v Burwell, and Randall Park||On Skid Row, the police shooting of a homeless man on Sunday is still reverberating. What have we learned about the dead man since yesterday, and what?s the city doing to help the mentally ill and chronically homeless on Skid Row?||3/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Skid Row Shooting, Big Water Fight in a Small Town, and "Blurred Lines" on Trial||We take an in-depth look at the shooting death yesterday of a homeless man on Skid Row. What do we know about the incident and the man shot, and how is the situation stoking tensions between the Skid Row community and the LAPD?||3/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Leonard Nimoy Dies, LA Combats Child Prostitution, and Harley Quinn||We look at the life and work of ?Star Trek? actor Leonard Nimoy, who died today in Los Angeles of lung disease at 83. Also, two American skiers won the gold and bronze medals this week at the World Championships of Nordic Skiing. Why is their victory so||2/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||"Jihadi John" Identified, the Changing Politics of Pot, and Net Neutrality||The ISIS fighter known as ?Jihadi John? has been identified as a British national named Mohammed Emwazi. What do we know about him? Also, why are so many Westerners getting radicalized by ISIS?||2/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Outside Money in Local Elections, Bill O'Reilly, and a North Korean Kidnapping||There?s an election coming up next week for seven city council seats and three school board seats. We look at the outside money from special interests pouring into the races: where is it coming from, and what?s it meant to buy?||2/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Commuter Train Safety and Sexual Assault Allegations at Bikram Yoga||Early this morning, a Metrolink commuter train derailed after crashing into a truck on the tracks in Oxnard, injuring 28 people. We look at Metrolink?s accident and safety records. Also, inflation at ?the happiest place on earth.?||2/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Oscars Fall Flat, Retaking Mosul, and Robert Durst Speaks in 'The Jinx'||We begin today with our weekly television roundup, in which we recap the highs and lows of last night?s lackluster Oscars. Also, President Obama?s plan to help the government of Iraq take the city of Mosul back from ISIS.||2/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||L.A. Football Fanaticism, 'Citizenfour,' and The Weird Politics of the Oscars||Today, we start with a look at the football showdown shaping up in Los Angeles. There are competing plans to bring an N.F.L team and stadium to the city; will any of them actually come to fruition? We also hear from a couple of hometown football fans abo||2/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
Great Debut Great show
You guys are Awesome. I love the show, Madeline is a Ten. The topics are great, I'm from the Bay Area and even though you guys are based in so cal it's all news and topics I'm engaged to. It's a well produced show, only suggestion, add some flute to the outro music.
Brand plus Walsh = great show!
It's so nice to hear Ms. Brand back on the air, she was always one of my favorites. And producer Andrew Walsh puts his spin on it to create a show with more fun and variety than a lot of NPR shows. I'm excited to add this to my podcast rotation!
A Poem About Madeleine - “Real NEWS"
Madeleine Brand will get that interview.
Madeleine Brand will play devil’s advocate.
Madeleine Brand doesn’t have time for your wordy, nerd rants.
You will get cut off.
Thank you, Madeleine Brand.