Mormon Church on Gay Rights, Politics of the Hijab, and...01/29/15
Tom Petty will now get writing credit for a hit song by musician Sam Smith. The two musicians settled out of court after Petty accused Smith of ripping-off a chorus. We take a look at the history of musical legal battles.
The Koch Brothers and 2016, Growth in Santa Monica, and 'Whipping Boy'
Brothers and political activists David and Charles Koch plan to spend $889 million on the next election in 2016. What will all that money buy? Also, a debate over whether Santa Monica should pursue a ?slow growth? approach to development or embrace...
Sundance Snapshot, Early Race For Boxer's Seat, the Best Way to Treat...
Press Play producer Matt Holzman gives us an update on the Sundance Film Festival from Park City, Utah: What films are getting the most buzz, what bidding wars are shaping up and what stars are on the scene? Also, a debate over whether "exposure...
Middle East Upheaval, Fake Boyfriends and Fake Engine Noise
The day after the death of Saudi Arabia?s King Abdullah, we look at upheaval in the Middle East. What?s the latest from the ground in Saudi Arabia and in Yemen? Also, how and why are Western women getting recruited into Islamic extremist groups like...
Managing Measles, Upending the Food Pyramid, and Obama's Millennial Bid
Measles was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000, but the CDC reported 644 cases last year. What?s the best way to manage the current outbreak in California before it gets worse? Also, President Obama?s bid for millennial support culminates today...
The State of the Union and Health, a Story of OCD, and Recovering...
During last night?s State of the Union speech, President Obama called for state and federal legislation expanding paid sick days and family leave for workers. We look at how California?s laws could be a template for new national policies. The...
The State of the Wealth Gap, ?American Sniper? Controversy, and New TV
We look ahead to tonight?s State of the Union speech, and how President Obama is likely to address income inequality. What has and hasn?t he done on the issue? And could universal Pre-K education help ease the wealth gap?
Selma 1965: Film vs. History
Today on Press Play, we hear from the filmmaker behind ?Selma?, which portrays Martin Luther King, Jr.?s fight for the Voting Rights Act in 1965. And we hear from a historian from that period who discusses some of the criticism?s about the film?s...
Cuban Cigar Comeback, Saint Serra, and an Addiction Vaccine
As of this morning, trade and travel restrictions on Cuba are eased. That means the country?s most coveted exports -- cigars -- are on their way back. But are they all they?re cracked up to be? Also, a look at the life of Father Junipero Serra, who...
A Very White Oscars, French Speech Laws, and the Business of Pot
This year?s Oscar nominations were announced today. We look at the lack of diversity among the overwhelmingly white, male nominees and what it says about the Academy, plus other snubs and surprises.
More LA Air Pollution, New G.E.D. and the Weird World of KidZania
A new study says Los Angeles has 60 percent more methane in the air than previously thought. Oil and gas production is a big culprit. Will President Obama?s new plan to cut drilling emissions make a dent?
Jews in France, the Silk Road on Trial, and a Defense of Cubicle Culture
Four Jews killed in a Kosher grocery store in Paris on Friday were buried today in Israel. The murders exacerbated the fears of French Jews already worried for their own safety; we take a look at the current atmosphere and the history of anti-Semitism...
Student Data Protection, Meth at the Border, and the Golden Globes
President Obama proposed a new law today that would ban the makers of classroom tech products like tablets, online software, and apps from selling student data for profit. Also, how could the legislation affect Silicon Valley?s recent boom in...
Islam and Extremism, the Ghost of Montgomery Clift, and Hollywood Sign...
The two brothers suspected in the deadly shooting of 12 people at the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were killed by police this morning. And, the Islamic militant group Boko Haram killed hundreds, perhaps thousands, this week...
Muslim Immigrants in France, Gadgets Galore, and the Duplass Brothers
Could the murder of 12 people yesterday at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by terrorists with ties to al-Qaeda stoke Islamophobia? Also, brothers Mark and Jay Duplass discuss their new HBO series ?Togetherness,? which debuts this Sunday.
Paris Shooting Update, the Literal Bank of America, and Parental Panic
We get an update from the ground in Paris on the shooting deaths of 12 people at the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. What do we know about the incident and the ongoing manhunt for the shooters?
Broad Museum Delays, the NFL in L.A., and Hacker Hostage-Takers
What?s delayed the opening of downtown?s new Broad Museum? Also, hackers have found a way to hold people?s computer files for ransom. What can we do to protect ourselves?
High-Speed Train Breaks Ground, Changes to California Eggs, and New TV
A high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco breaks ground tomorrow. How long before it?s up and running? Also, new regulations for eggs sold in California are upending the farming industry and could lead to higher prices at the...
Press Play Goes to the Movies!
Press Play goes to the movies! Today on the show, we revisit some of our favorite film-related interviews from 2014.
'Transparent,' Tony Hale, and Free to Be You and Me
2014 was a huge year for television. We saw an explosion of on-demand services creating their own shows, not to mention all the high-budget, highly-acclaimed cable and network programming. Today, we look back at some of our favorite TV-related...
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