Press Play with Madeleine Brand
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Host Madeleine Brand looks at news, culture and emerging trends through the lens of Los Angeles.
||CleanWhy reading on a page is different from reading on a screen||Reading literature not only stirs up empathy, it changes our brains. So what happens to our brains when we no longer deep-read, but skim through pages in between digital disruptions, or read only short blurbs on our phones and other devices?||11/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRep. Schiff’s priorities for the House Intelligence Committee||In January, Burbank Congressman Adam Schiff is expected to be chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. We ask what investigations he will open, and what recourse there will be if Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker shuts down Mueller’s...||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean‘A Private War’ director on whether the danger of war reporting is worth it||What does it take to be a war correspondent? What kind of person is drawn to cover death and destruction? And does the reporting make any difference? They’re questions raised in “A Private War.” It stars Rosamund Pike as Marie Colvin, who’s...||11/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFleeing the Woolsey Fire||Malibu has been evacuated and parts of the Pacific Coast Highway and the 101 freeway have been shut down. As the Woolsey Fire burns closer to the sea, we have the latest, and speak with a woman who escaped at 2 am.||11/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnother mass shooting -- this time in Thousand Oaks||A mass shooting Wednesday night in Thousand Oaks left 12 people dead, most of them young. We get the latest, and find out why California’s strict gun laws couldn’t prevent this from happening.||11/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAfter midterms, is the U.S. more divided, or can we work across the aisle?||In this special two-hour live show, we get the national and local picture. We talk to political pros, local candidates, and Southern California voters.||11/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHistoric voter turnout expected in Orange County||Whether Democrats will take control of the House depends on a few key races across the country, and some of them are in Orange County. We check in with the OC Registrar’s office. In-person turnout is already significantly higher than it was in the...||11/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat you need to know before the midterm elections||We devote the entire show to Tuesday’s midterm elections. We look at the Congressional races in Orange County. How are the candidates doing in the final hours, and what does early voting tell us? We also look at how Democrats have largely outspent...||11/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe slate of midterm candidates is the most diverse ever||Georgia could elect its first black woman governor. Michigan and Minnesota could elect their first Muslim women to be U.S. representatives. In California, Young Kim could be the first Korean American woman in Congress. Of the 6000 or so state...||11/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy epileptic seizures can cause strange behavior||A woman suddenly gets up and starts running. A man sees seven cartoon dwarves run across the room. They are all manifestations of an epileptic seizure. Epilepsy can present in many different ways, which can make it tricky to diagnose. A new book...||11/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPhotojournalist Lynsey Addario on why she still covers the most dangerous places on earth||Lynsey Addario has risked her life to document the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; and civil wars and humanitarian crises in Libya, South Sudan, and Syria. She’s come out with a book of some of her most striking images, called “Of Love and War.”...||10/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEleni Kounalakis makes her case for being Lt. Governor of California||Two Democrats are running to be California’s second in command: the lieutenant governor. We hear from both candidates this week. Eleni Kounalakis has never held elected office, but she says she’s ready. She was a real estate mogul and U.S....||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLA Jewish community responds to Pittsburgh synagogue shooting||The Jewish community in LA vows to take action in the wake of the worst attack on Jews in U.S. history. Eleven people were killed at a Pittsburgh synagogue over the weekend. We talk with two rabbis here about how they’re moving forward.||10/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat we know about pipe bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc||Cesar Sayoc is charged with five federal crimes for allegedly sending 13 IEDs to Democratic leaders and those who’ve criticized Trump. Sayoc drove a white van covered with pro-Trump stickers, and pictures of those leaders with crosshairs on them....||10/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat you need to know about Prop 10 on rent control||We run through housing-related ballot initiatives. Prop 10 is perhaps the most controversial and confusing. Both “yes” and “no” sides say they’re protecting renters from rising housing costs. We also hear about Props 1, 2, 5, and 10.||10/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe power of the Vietnamese American vote in Orange County||In Orange County’s Little Saigon area, you’ll see lots of political posters with the same last name on them: “Nguyen.” Thirteen people with that last name are running for office in Orange County. We talk to one political watcher about...||10/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMen’s rights activists oppose local ‘women’s beer forum’||In 2011, the owner of the Eagle Rock Brewery started hosting beer seminars for women. The events were part networking and part opportunity for women to learn about beer. Then a men’s rights activist claimed the events were discriminatory.||10/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKevin de León fights an uphill battle for Sen. Feinstein’s seat||We speak with State Senator Kevin de León, who’s hoping to unseat Dianne Feinstein. Both are Democrats. De León wants voters to see him as a progressive option. If elected, he’s promising to push issues like single-payer health care,...||10/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJamie Lee Curtis on the #MeToo message in ‘Halloween’||It’s been 40 years since the release of the classic horror film “Halloween,” where Michael Myers attacks Laurie Strode. He’s been locked away in a psychiatric hospital ever since. Now Myers escapes to hunt down Laurie again. We talk with...||10/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDianne Feinstein on why she deserves another term in the Senate||We speak with Sen. Feinstein about her forum with Kevin de León on Wednesday; how she and Democrats handled the Brett Kavanaugh hearings and allegations from Christine Blasey Ford; whether a single-payer healthcare system works, and more.||10/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy is the U.S. so tied to Saudi Arabia?||Reports of Jamal Khashoggi’s torture inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul are disturbing, but the Trump administration is still siding with the Saudis. We talk about how Saudi Arabia became so important to the U.S.||10/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrawing new attention to vulnerable animals through photography||Joel Sartore takes simple, intimate photographs of vulnerable animals in a studio. He hopes the images will give people a new perspective on what we could lose if the animals go extinct. He’s shot more than 8000 portraits as part of his Photo Ark.||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanImmigrant in LA recreates Persian recipes of her youth||When Naz Deravian was 8 years old, she and her family fled their home in Iran as the 1979 revolution threw their country into chaos. She spent most of her childhood in Canada. As an adult, she lived in LA, and yearned for her mother’s Persian home...||10/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe hidden histories of exclusive LA homes||We talk to an author who writes biographies of houses in Los Angeles. He tells us about the fascinating details he has uncovered about the homes of Shirley Temple, David Selznick, and more.||10/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe ‘Hollywood Godfather’ you’ve never heard of||You’ve probably never heard of Billy Wilkerson, but he had a huge influence on Hollywood. He started the blacklist during the Red Scare, and there might not have been a Clark Gable without him.||10/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
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!
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.
Informative and Important
I’ve always loved press play but I used to only listen to it in the car whenever it was on. I’ve since started to seek it out with the gubernatorial interviews, which I find so helpful. I hope they’ll do more (senate and congressional). I love that they’re helping me be an informed voter!