KCRW's Press Play with Madeleine Brand

KCRW's Press Play with Madeleine Brand

United States

Madeleine Brand examines the latest ideas and trends that are shaping our world and shaping Los Angeles. Madeleine talks with news makers, big thinkers, and everyday people as we map out our modern world. Monday through Friday, noon-1pm.


California under Trump: The next four years  

On the inauguration day of Donald Trump, Press Play hosts a special live call-in show. 

Can California's environmental regulations withstand Trump?  

The state has imposed strict emissions standards on the auto industry, but that may be in jeopardy with the incoming Trump administration.

Trump's cabinet and the privatization of government  

We look at what the cabinet secretary hearings have revealed in terms of the new administration’s philosophy.

Concerns over Labor and Interior department nominees  

Labor Secretary nominee Andy Puzder’s Senate confirmation was expected to take place this week, but it’s on hold.

A celebration of African American life and culture  

In this special Martin Luther King, Jr. Day broadcast, we look at the drama behind building the African American museum in Washington DC. The novel “Homegoing” traces longstanding trauma of the slave trade. The hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest released a new album after 18 years of silence. And the book “Black Faces, White Spaces” explores the relationship between blacks and the outdoors.

Senate confirmations, contradictions and the beginning of the end of Obamacare  

It’s been a busy week in Washington. There were the confirmation hearings, Donald Trump’s first press conference since the election, the Senate’s move to unravel Obamacare, and a big policy change on Cuban migrants.

Ben Carson and Mike Pompeo face confirmation hearings  

Ben Carson has no experience running a government agency, but it looks like he will soon head the $47 billion Department of Housing and Urban Development. Also today, Donald Trump’s nominee for CIA director was questioned on his views on torture.

Donald Trump on Russia, ethics, and the dossier  

During Donald Trump’s first press conference as president-elect, he answered questions about Russia, his business interests, and Obamacare. But the story grabbing all the headlines right now is about a dossier alleging the Russians have dirt on Trump and are blackmailing him with it.

Jeff Sessions' track record: War on Drugs, immigration  

Senator Jeff Sessions faced tough questions at his confirmation hearing for Attorney General. We talk about his record on the War on Drugs, what it would mean for legal marijuana use in California, and what he might do about undocumented immigrants.

Is Hollywood out of touch with Trump's America?  

We look at last night’s Golden Globes -- the awards, speeches, and whether they reflect America. We also look at whether Donald Trump has kept good on his promise to make America great again by bringing back manufacturing jobs.

Will the Pineapple Express end California's drought?  

California is facing a major storm this weekend and another next week. We expect to get six feet of snow and 12 inches of rain. Even with the storms, Santa Barbara’s main source of water is in trouble.

What's the future of US intelligence gathering?  

There are 17 intelligence agencies. We examine what they all do, and find out what the rift with Donald Trump over their assessment of Russian hacking will mean for intelligence gathering in the future.

Julian Assange as a right-wing hero, and Steve Mnuchin's ties to foreclosures  

We look at how Wikileaks founder Julian Assange went from villain to hero for Donald Trump and his supporters. Also, Trump’s Treasury Secretary pick ran a bank that allegedly broke state foreclosure laws.

Race, religion, gay rights and the new Republican Congress  

Sen. Jeff Sessions was once denied a federal judgeship because of alleged racism. Will that matter when lawmakers hold confirmation hearings? The idea of religious freedom is being used to introduce legislation that is seen as anti-gay rights. Remembering John Berger, who died at 90 after decades of teaching generations to see art differently. A new book shows the before and after of Japanese American internment camps.

Awards season, and the best movies of 2016  

For a special holiday show, Press Play talks about the significance of movie awards, and we revisit some of our best film interviews of 2016.

How a trade war with China could hurt California  

Donald Trump is talking about a 45 percent tariff on imported goods from China, and he’s picked a China hardliner to run the National Trade Council. How will that affect California’s tech, film and food products? Also, the town of Clovis won $22 million in a case against Shell. And we learn why some rural men who identify as straight are having sex with each other.

California vows to defend undocumented immigrants  

The city has earmarked $10 million to defend undocumented immigrants from deportation. We hear how that’s going to work, and get an overview of new state laws. And we get a visit from Santa Claus.

Photo of an assassination raises ethical questions  

An AP photo of the gunman in Turkey who shot the Russian ambassador was splashed across newspapers and screens. What does this say about the images we see now, and whether they can affect public opinion about conflict?

Electoral College drama and American meddling in elections abroad  

We look at past elections where the popular vote went against the Electoral College, plus America’s record of interfering in other countries’ elections.

Weekend films and the Hispanic media landscape  

In an abbreviated Press Play, we look at this weekend’s theatrical releases and a new Netflix biopic of Barack Obama, as well as developments in the Hispanic media landscape.

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