Press Play-logo

Press Play

KCRW

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.
More Information

Location:

Santa Monica, CA

Networks:

KCRW

Description:

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

Language:

English


Episodes

What to watch on TV now that ‘Game of Thrones’ is over

5/21/2019
More
More than 19 million people in the U.S. watched the final episode of “Game of Thrones,” making it the most watched episode of any HBO show ever. Now that the show is over, we get recommendations on what to watch: “Succession” on HBO, “Tuca & Bertie” on Netflix, “Fleabag” on Amazon Prime, and “Ramy” on Hulu.

Duration:00:52:31

Ramin Djawadi on creating the music for ‘Game of Thrones’

5/20/2019
More
The final episode of “Game of Thrones” aired Sunday after eight seasons. Its main theme song, “A Song of Fire and Ice,” has become iconic and recognizable among millions of fans. We speak with composer Ramin Djawadi.

Duration:00:52:30

Ambitious housing bill SB 50 gets shelved until next year

5/17/2019
More
California State Senator Scott Wiener’s controversial housing bill, SB 50, has been shelved for debate until next year. It would have forced cities like LA and San Francisco to build more housing along transit lines and in neighborhoods dominated by single-family homes.

Duration:00:53:24

Finding all the biodiversity in LA

5/16/2019
More
LA is often called a concrete jungle, but it’s teeming with wild animals, insects and plants. More than 5000 species of birds live here or pass through as they migrate up the coast. Nineteen species of snakes, and dozens of species of lizards, frogs, and turtles live here. And of course, mountain lions, black bears, coyotes, racoons, and deer roam the mountains around us and sometimes end up in our backyards.

Duration:00:52:15

How to reduce your carbon footprint by changing your diet

5/15/2019
More
We look at record-breaking CO2 levels and unusually warm temperatures in the Arctic. Also, eating less meat and cheese can help lower harmful emissions. And California may soon allow you to eat roadkill.

Duration:00:53:07

A.I. is everywhere, but where is the oversight?

5/14/2019
More
“The Terminator,” “Blade Runner,” and “Her” all center around a future of humans and machines living together. But that’s actually happening right now. The A.I. world we live in is loosely regulated, if at all.

Duration:00:53:27

American businesses caught in the China-US trade crossfire

5/13/2019
More
President Trump on Friday falsely asserted that China will pay the tariffs he slapped on Chinese goods coming into America. China retaliated today, announcing $60 billion worth of tariffs on U.S. goods. We talk with a farmer who’s having trouble selling his soybeans to China, and a bike importer who must now pay more to run his business.

Duration:00:53:57

Democrat Pete Buttigieg on why Californians should vote for him

5/10/2019
More
Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is running for the Democratic nomination for president. He’s in California, holding events and fundraisers to win potential votes in the state’s primary. We ask about his views on health care, higher ed, the Green New Deal, and breaking up Facebook.

Duration:00:35:25

The financial pitfalls of getting divorced over 50

5/9/2019
More
There’s a rise of so-called grey divorces, which involve couples in their 50s and older. Several factors could be at play, including financial troubles, infidelity, and longer life spans. We hear one woman’s personal experience of late divorce, and look at financial challenges.

Duration:00:52:41

Rideshare drivers strike ahead of Uber’s IPO

5/8/2019
More
Uber and Lyft drivers around the world are on strike, protesting low wages and no benefits. They’re also urging riders to boycott the apps for the day. This comes as Uber goes public later this week, which could earn executives billions of dollars.

Duration:00:53:00

Game of Thrones is almost over -- tragedy or relief?

5/7/2019
More
There are only two more episodes of Game of Thrones. We talk about what the non-watchers, or ‘Never Throners,’ have been going through this whole time.

Duration:00:52:31

Instagram experiments with hiding likes on posts

5/6/2019
More
Instagram is experimenting with hiding likes for accounts in Canada. Some people are concerned this will change the experience and community on Instagram. Others hope this will make Instagram less competitive. We speak with an Instagram influencer, and a professor of journalism and communication.

Duration:00:53:20

Meatless goes mainstream

5/3/2019
More
The company Beyond Meat makes plant-based food like veggie dogs, veggie burgers, and fake ground meat. Beyond Meat went public on Thursday, and shares more than doubled. Meanwhile, Del Taco just rolled out Beyond Meat tacos, and Burger King announced they’ll offer “Impossible Whoppers” nationwide by the end of the year.

Duration:00:53:20

Werner Herzog on documenting the last leader of the Soviet Union

5/2/2019
More
Werner Herzog has written, produced, and directed more than 70 films, including “Grizzly Man,” “Fitzcarraldo,” and “Nosferatu.” His new documentary, “Meeting Gorbachev,” is based on three long interviews with Mikhail Gorbachev.

Duration:00:53:08

Highlights from the contentious Bill Bar testimony

5/1/2019
More
Attorney General William Barr testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee today. He defended his handling of the Mueller report and his decision to exonerate President Trump of obstructing justice. Barr also repeatedly suggested that Special Counsel Robert Mueller failed to finish his job by leaving the question of obstruction open.

Duration:00:50:06

FBI foils an alleged terrorist attack in Southern California

4/30/2019
More
On Monday, the FBI caught an army veteran who was allegedly planning to detonate a bomb at a right wing rally in Long Beach. Prosecutors say 26-year-old Mark Steven Domingo also considered targeting police and setting off a bomb at the Santa Monica Pier. Domingo could face 15 years in prison.

Duration:00:52:02

How synagogues are implementing new security measures

4/29/2019
More
A shooting at the Chabad synagogue near San Diego on Saturday left three people injured and one woman killed. Police are holding a 19-year-old man after identifying himself as the shooter.

Duration:00:53:13

How did measles return to Southern California?

4/26/2019
More
Health officials have ordered more than 200 UCLA and Cal State LA students and staff to be quarantined to prevent the spread of measles. Meanwhile in Sacramento, hundreds of people lined up to comment against a bill that would strengthen vaccine requirements.

Duration:00:51:59

SB 50 would allow more housing near public transit in LA. Why is it controversial?

4/25/2019
More
Senate Bill 50 would force LA to allow more housing near public transit. It cleared a committee hearing in Sacramento on Tuesday. Last year, a different version of the bill was killed before it got this far. State Senator Scott Wiener of San Francisco made changes, brought it back, and now it’s going through the legislature again.

Duration:00:52:08

Violence spikes at California jails after release of prison inmates

4/24/2019
More
In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered California to downsize its prisons because of overcrowding. State officials released some prisoners, but also redistributed inmates from state prisons to county jails. Violence spiked in some county jails as a result.

Duration:00:52:57