Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Host Madeleine Brand looks at news, culture and emerging trends through the lens of Los Angeles.

Critics review the latest film releases: “The Taste of Things,” “Lisa Frankenstein,” “Skeletons in the Closet,” and “Suncoast.”

San Francisco made history when it began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples 20 years ago. KCRW hears from one of the first 10 couples to get married that day.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory plans to lay off 500 employees and dozens of contractors. How will that affect space exploration?

“The Big One” in California often refers to an earthquake. But seismologist Lucy Jones warns of another “Big One”: sustained rain storms that overwhelm flood control systems.

Parts of LA County are getting half a year’s worth of rain in a single storm. Santa Monica Mountain communities like Topanga and Malibu are getting hit the hardest.

California will spend $2 billion to address learning loss, settling a lawsuit that alleged it violated children’s rights to equal education during the pandemic.

The Claremont Institute, a conservative Southern California think tank, helped spearhead a national campaign to ban DEI on public college campuses.

People watch certain films repeatedly, and not all are masterpieces. “ The Power of Film ” explores why. The docu-series is based on Howard Suber ’s book of the same name.