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.
||Olympic Cities, SoulCycle's IPO, and Hostile Traffic Stops||SoulCycle?the indoor cycling phenomenon?has filed for an IPO. How exactly does a stationary bike class become a nationwide phenomenon? And, Samuel Dubose was shot after being pulled over for a missing front license plate. Sandra Bland died in jail after||7/31/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Cincinnati Police Shooting, Taser's Body Cam Business, and Cecil the Lion backlash||In Cincinnati, a body camera was the difference between murder charge and the public?s never knowing what really happened when a campus police officer shot an unarmed motorist at point-blank range. Now Taser?the world?s leading stun gun maker?is also loo||7/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Cecil the Lion, 'The End of the Tour,' and Jason Bentley on Giorgio Moroder||During the last days of the book tour for his novel Infinite Jest, writer David Foster Wallace was joined by a reporter named David Lipsky. Lipsky wrote a memoir about the experience, which has been turned into a film called ?The End of the Tour.? And th||7/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Should LA Host the 2024 Olympics?, Relativity Media, and 'Best of Enemies'||Boston dropped its bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games yesterday after public support for the bid evaporated. Could Los Angeles become the designated American bidder? And, a new documentary documents the fireworks between liberal Gore Vidal and conservati||7/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Immigration Detention Ruling, 'The Look of Silence,' and Air-Conditioning Wars||Joshua Oppenheimer spent time with the perpetrators of Indonesia?s 1965-66 massacre for his 2012 Oscar-nominated documentary The Act of Killing. Now, he?s made a companion film from the victim?s point of view. And, it?s hot out. But air conditioning has||7/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||GMO Bill Passes, 'What Pet Should I Get?', and Michael Silverblatt on Harper Lee||A new House bill blocks state and local governments from requiring GMO labels on foods. But how safe or unsafe are GMOs? And who should we listen to when it comes to deciding if they?re OK to eat? And, readers are not happy to learn how Harper Lee origin||7/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Police Stops: Know Your Rights, Vegas Weddings, and 'Let's Be Less Stupid'||The Sandra Bland case has the whole country wondering: what, exactly, are my rights when I?m pulled over? What were her rights in her initial police encounter? And is your mental acuity fading? Patricia Marx has written a book called 'Let's Be Less Stup||7/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||School Discipline, Bias in the Justice System, and Political Crowds-For-Hire||Research has shown that taking students out of class?or kicking them out of school?feeds into the so-called ?school to prison? pipeline. What?s a better way to deal with troubled kids? And last month the Hollywood Reporter published evidence that Donald||7/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Climate Change and Poverty, Al Gore's Satellite, and 'The Cartel'||Governor Jerry Brown is at the Vatican, where the Pope is hosting a conference on climate change. In a new report, groundbreaking environmental scientist James Hansen warns that in less than 50 years, we?ll witness a rise in sea level of at least 10 feet||7/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||El Niño Prep, Overscreening for Breast Cancer, and 'Take My Spouse, Please'||This weekend, Los Angeles saw record rainfall for July. With an El Niño predicted for this winter, what do we need to do to prepare? And comedian Dani Klein Modisett knew that laughter is one of the keys to a successful marriage, so she looked for a sel||7/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sandra Bland, Stanford Prison Experiment, and Opera in Tijuana||Sandra Bland was pulled over last week for failing to signal a lane change, and was then arrested after allegedly assaulting the officer who stopped her. Texas officials say she hanged herself in her cell, but after several high-profile cases where Afric||7/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sanctuary Cities, Eating Horse Meat, and The Runaways' Jackie Fox||Why hasn?t an undocumented immigrant with felony convictions been deported? That?s one of the questions posed to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson in a nearly four-hour House hearing this week. Then, the Runaways? Jackie Fox, née Jacqueline Fuchs,||7/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Making L.A.: Policing, UCSD Sexual Assault Ruling, and 'Do I Sound Gay?'||Violent crime is up 26 percent this year. Also, Los Angeles police have shot 21 people, or nearly one a week. In the latest installment of our Making L.A. series, we talk about policing in Los Angeles. And, what exactly does it mean to ?sound gay?? A new||7/15/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Iran Nuclear Deal, 'Go Set a Watchman,' Branding the Drought||L.A.?s robust Iranian community is skeptical of the nuclear deal with Iran, which limits Iran?s nuclear capabilities in exchange for the lifting of sanctions. Then, will Portland and Seattle really be wrecked by a massive quake? And the unusual backstory||7/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||El Chapo's Escape, L.A. County Jail Indictments, and Insectophilia||Just 16 months after his capture, the leader of Mexico?s Sinaloa Cartel, El Chapo, has escaped from prison in Mexico for the second time. What are the ramifications for Mexico and Mexico?s relationship with the U.S.? And, in the West, we don?t generally||7/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lessons for Greece from Detroit's Bankruptcy, and Hollywood Sign NIMBYs||Kevyn Orr successfully navigated Detroit through the largest and most complicated city bailout in American history. What can Greece and the EU learn from the Detroit bankruptcy? And in the latest twist of the fight over Hollywood Sign access, homeowners||7/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Reckoning with America's Racist Past, Ros? and Making L.A.: Hollywood||Taking down the Confederate Flag doesn?t erase South Carolina?s past as a center of the slave-owning south. How is this past whitewashed today? And in the latest installment of our Making L.A. series, we look at the changing business that built this town||7/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||New Housing Rules, the Heroin Epidemic and L.A.'s Mysterious House on a Hill||Today the Obama administration announced new housing rules: cities like Los Angeles will have to take new measures to mix rich and poor neighborhoods. Next, we unpack the mystery behind a century-old house hidden in an oil field in Baldwin Hills. Then,||7/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sext Education, and a History of Linguistic Aggravation||The LAUSD is planning to roll out a new education program about sexting in the fall. We do a round-up of car news. Then, we talk to Carmen de Lavallade, who broke boundaries as an African-American dancer in a white-dominated industry. Also, Ammon Shea?s||7/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Money in Women's Soccer, Shark Week and the Chamber of Commerce||After their impressive World Cup win, will the women of US soccer get a more impressive bite out of the endorsement apple? Also, how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has become a political juggernaut for many corporate causes that go against the public good.||7/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Press Play Replay: Graffiti in National Parks, and the Path of Levitated Mass||Press Play is off for the Fourth of July, and so we are hosting a replay today. From our archives, we revisit the artists Noah Purifoy and Michael Heizer, graffiti artist Mr. Andre, and memoirist Alexandra Fuller.||7/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Airline Fares, Amy Winehouse Doc, and KCRW in Berlin: Surveillance||The DOJ is investigating four major airlines for collusion. Just how do airlines set fare prices anyway? And KCRW is in Berlin: Madeleine tours the former Stasi prison, where the East German Secret Police held and interrogated political prisoners.||7/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Making LA: Government and KCRW in Berlin: German Techno||In the third installment of our new series ?Making LA,? we discuss everyone?s favorite topic: government. Then, Madeleine Brand and KCRW?s Jason Bentley take us to the famous Tresor club in Berlin, to talk about German techno, and the real history of w||7/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Biofueled Planes, Criminal Sentencing by Computer, and Apple Music||Sometime this summer, United Airlines will start a regular flight between L.A. and San Francisco powered, at least partly, by biofuels. Also, KCRW is in Berlin: Madeleine Brand sits down with novelist Nell Zink to discuss her new novel Mislaid.||6/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Air Rule Overturned, City Council Change and Berlin Architecture||L.A. City Council members Tom LaBonge and Bernard Parks are retiring after more than 40 years in city government. What are their legacies, and what?s next at city hall? Also, KCRW is in Berlin: Madeleine sits down with the U.S. Ambassador to Germany to d||6/29/2015||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!