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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.




LA chefs during COVID-19, DIY masks

Restaurants across LA have been forced to close, putting millions of servers, bartenders, and cooks out of work. Some places are trying to survive on carry-out and deliveries. We hear from two LA chefs on how they’re faring. Also, a doctor explains how to create homemade masks that effectively protect against COVID-19.


COVID-19 caregiving at home

LA County now has more than 6,000 COVID-19 cases. Most of those cases probably won’t require hospitalization, so it falls on families to care for sick people in their homes. We talk about how to do that safely with Richard Jackson, MD, MPH.


COVID-19 drug treatments

Over the weekend, President Trump again recommended hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19. He said the government has ordered 29 million pills of it. The drug is meant to treat malaria, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. There’s only limited, anecdotal evidence that hydroxychloroquine works on the novel coronavirus.


Mental, emotional stress of doctors fighting COVID-19

Dr. Nivedita Lakhera, an internal medicine physician in San Jose, says she’s never seen something like the COVID-19 pandemic in her lifetime. “Health care workers have become like a soldier in a war zone without any protective gear. And they are at such high risk of dying in this war while they are trying to save their countrymen. That's what has heightened anxiety and depression and mental health issues,” she says.


Domestic violence during COVID-19

We’re supposed to stay home to limit the spread of coronavirus. But for those living with an abusive partner or family member, home could be the most dangerous place right now. Children are especially vulnerable. We talk with a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in violence and trauma.


Traveling nurse treats COVID-19 patients

New York is calling on health care workers from all over to come help with the flood of coronavirus patients. We hear from one registered nurse who’s traveling there to help in the ICU. She says she’ll come to California too, and anywhere else she’s needed.


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.?