KCRW's Press Play with Madeleine Brand

KCRW's Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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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.


First American wins Man Booker Prize for satirizing race in LA  

Los Angeles-born writer Paul Beatty is the first American to win the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. He won for The Sellout, a satire based in south LA. It’s laced with cutting insights on race, slavery, Oreo cookies and segregation.

An election season worth billions. Where’s all the money going?  

An unprecedented amount of money has flooded into campaign coffers this year. President Obama tapped Hollywood elites on behalf of the Democratic party last night. But where, exactly, is that money going? And what are the rules for how it can be used?

One year since the Porter Ranch gas leak, what’s changed?  

The leak at Aliso Canyon was the worst natural gas leak in American history. One year later, residents of Porter Ranch have returned to their homes and the federal government is taking a closer look at other gas storage facilities across the nation.

Surviving capture in Syria  

Among the casualties of the Syrian civil war are several journalists who were captured by militants. Theo Padnos was captured in 2012 in Syria. After nearly two years of imprisonment and torture, Padnos was freed. A new documentary, Theo Who Lived, tells his story.

What will happen in Congress after the election?  

Depending on what happens Nov. 8, we look at future possibilities for the makeup of the House and Senate. Also, who is Evan McMullin and why is he out-polling Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in Utah?

The rise of hate and the right wing  

Inflammatory and hateful rhetoric targeted at undocumented immigrants is on the rise this election season. After Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, a U.S. citizen, was thrown out of a Donald Trump press conference and told to go back to Mexico, he decided to make a film called Hate Rising.

Dueling dispensary owners on Prop 64 and legalizing pot  

Proposition 64 would legalize recreational marijuana in California for people over the age of 21. But marijuana dispensary owners are split over whether or not to support the ballot initiative.

Rigged! Donald Trump vs the media  

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has repeatedly called this election “rigged” and said that voter fraud is widespread. There is no evidence to support either claim, but the declarations could have a lasting, deleterious effect.

Mayor Garcetti on the future of LA development  

Mayor Eric Garcetti weighs in on the future of development in Los Angeles and how he plans to house more people who are currently homeless. And when it comes to LA sports, the Dodgers are up and the Rams are...kind of up.

Defending Bob Dylan and generation Adderall  

Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature today to the surprise of many Nobel watchers. And with less than month to go before the election, how are Bernie Sanders supporters feeling?

LAPD called on to be more transparent in handling officer-involved shootings  

The Los Angeles Police Commission is recommending more transparency in how the LAPD handles officer-involved shootings. What are they calling for, why and what is the reaction?

Are Russian hackers leaking false stories to sway the US election?  

The second presidential debate had a lot of voters wondering who Sidney Blumenthal is. Donald Trump is repeating a false story that links Blumenthal to Benghazi, which journalist Kurt Eichenwald says began when Russian hackers attributed his writing to Blumenthal.

Presidential Politics and Syria, and Sexual Assault Survivors Speak Out  

One day after the second presidential debate, an examination of where each candidate stands on Syria. And a leaked tape of Donald Trump bragging about kissing and groping women without their consent has inspired thousands of women to share their stories of sexual assault on social media.

Colombian President receives Nobel Prize for peace effort with FARC  

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, just days after Colombian voters rejected a peace deal he had been negotiating with FARC rebels to end 52 years of conflict.

Photographer captures dramatic images of migrants rescued at sea  

More than 11,000 African migrants were rescued trying to cross the Mediterranean this week. A photographer on one of the boats off Libya’s coast captured a dramatic rescue.

Big Pharma has spent more than $85 million to defeat Prop 61  

Election spending is cruising toward record highs in California, and no one’s making it rain harder than Big Pharma. Pharmaceutical companies have spent more than $85 million to defeat Prop 61.

Where do ‘values voters’ stand ahead of the VP debate?  

The two VP candidates, Kaine and Pence, debate Tuesday. Both are devout Christians, but so far this presidential contest has been noteworthy for its lack of focus on social issues. Where do the so-called “values voters” stand this election?

Four SoCal men have been killed by police in less than a week  

Four SoCal men have been killed in confrontations with police in less than a week. In the most recent incident, officers were wearing body cameras. What effect do body cams have on police behavior?

Trump’s ‘winning’ effect on former KKK leader David Duke  

Former KKK leader David Duke and other leaders of racist groups have been energized by the Trump candidacy. Plus, Pepe the Frog’s creator talks about his character’s new designation as a hate symbol.

Hacks and more hacks – is the US election in danger?  

FBI Director James Comey appeared before the House Judiciary Committee to report that there have been more hacks of voter registration databases. How serious is the danger that the US election could be compromised?

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