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Press Play with Madeleine Brand


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

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


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




Mayor Garcetti on COVID-19 vaccine, return to ‘normalcy’

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti talks about whether more places in LA will shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak, how much equipment the city still needs, when we’ll have a vaccine and return to “normal” life, and more.


Rabbi’s wisdom on coronavirus coping

LA Rabbi Steve Leder says there’s a lot of catastrophic (and thus unproductive) thinking among his congregants. He reminds us that we’ve had frightening and seemingly hopeless experiences in the past, but we got through them all. Perspective is also important: Are you having a real problem or an inconvenience?


Mental health at home

With many people staying at home due to coronavirus, our apartments and houses have become work spaces, classrooms, gyms. If you’re homebound with your family and/or partner all the time, that could be stressful. We talk to a psychologist about maximizing your mental health and happiness at home. Also: tips on fighting loneliness if you’re living by yourself.


Grocery work, supply chain

Officials say America has plenty of food, but it’s tough to find staples on grocery store shelves. We talk to one cashier at a Ralphs supermarket, and look at problems in the supply chain.


Nurses, teachers cope with coronavirus

Health care providers are concerned about protecting themselves and patients as they battle COVID-19. We talk to an emergency room nurse from UCLA Medical Center. Also, two LAUSD educators share how they’re teaching kids remotely. Their experiences show stark differences in public schools.


Coronavirus tests, stimulus package

A California epidemiologist talks about whether shelter-in-place efforts are effective so far, plus the status of tests and a potential treatment for COVID-19. Meanwhile, the Senate fails to move forward a $2 trillion stimulus package. The bill includes billions for struggling businesses, and sending more than $1000 directly to Americans.


Financial relief amid coronavirus

The White House has unveiled a $1 trillion stimulus package in response to COVID-19. They’re asking for $500 billion in direct payments to Americans, and another $500 billion in loans for businesses. Trump hopes to start sending checks in two weeks.


Hospitals prepare for coronavirus patients

Richard Riggs, Chief Medical Officer at Cedars-Sinai, says his hospital in Beverly Grove has set up triage tents outside the emergency room department and cancelled elective surgeries. He says their aim is to double the capacity of Intensive Care Unit beds and use alternate care areas.



To try to curb COVID-19, the Bay Area has ordered a “shelter-in-place” policy for three weeks. That means 7 million residents there may not leave their homes, except for medical reasons, or to buy food, or exercise. Will this policy come to LA?


Coronavirus economic impact, parenting advice

To curb the spread of COVID-19, LA is closing bars, nightclubs, theaters, music venues, gyms, and retail stores. Restaurants are open for deliveries and pick-ups only. How is this affecting restaurant owners, employees, and the economy overall? We also hear from California Congressman Adam Schiff on how the government aims to provide economic relief. And a child health expert offers advice for parents whose kids are home from school closures.


Mayor Garcetti on curbing coronavirus

LAUSD is suspending classes as of March 16 for at least two weeks. The City Council is working on legislation that would ban evictions for people who can't pay their rent during this crisis. LA Mayor Garcetti discusses this -- and what else individuals, the city, state, and federal government can do to curb the spread of coronavirus.


Coronavirus testing, pantry stocking

The government’s top infectious disease expert says the U.S. is failing in testing for coronavirus. One Angeleno tells us how he tried getting tested but couldn’t. Plus, we learn how to stock your pantry and freezer for a possible quarantine, and how some Chinese and Korean restaurants are being hurt economically by the pandemic.


Coronavirus and entertainment

Concerned about coronavirus, companies are canceling or postponing conferences and events. This afternoon, concert promoters Goldenvoice announced that Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals are now pushed to October. They generate more than $1 billion annually.


Italy’s coronavirus response: quarantine

Today, Italy expanded this weekend’s lockdown across the entire country. Sixty million people are now included in the quarantine. Could a similar quarantine happen in the U.S.?


Economic fallout from coronavirus

Hollywood, the airline industry, and service industry are all bracing for billions of dollars in losses -- as coronavirus fears increase and consumers are canceling plans.


‘Pretty Bitches’ and gendered language

Serena Williams was called hysterical for yelling at an umpire during a match. Hillary Clinton was called shrill. Monica Lewinsky: fat. Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd: crazy. A new book of essays explores some of these words and their real meanings.


National primary election results

Joe Biden won Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama, and several other states on Super Tuesday. Bernie Sanders still captured the day’s biggest prize: California. We analyze what happened nationally, and look ahead to California’s impact on the general election.


Super Tuesday voting

Voters in 14 states and one territory head to the polls today for primary elections. Nearly 1300 delegates – about one-third of the total – are up for grabs. In California, with 415 pledged delegates at stake, Bernie Sanders holds a commanding lead. We look at how voting is going so far.


South Carolina recap, Super Tuesday preview

Tom Steyer, Pete Buttigieg, and Amy Klobuchar have dropped out of the presidential race. Joe Biden trounced Bernie Sanders in South Carolina’s primary, revitalizing his campaign ahead of Tuesday’s primaries in 14 states.


Fun voting centers

The nearly 1000 voting centers in LA County will be open this Saturday through March 3. Some of LA’s most recognizable landmarks are doubling as voting centers -- to make doing your civic duty less of a chore and more of a fun experience.