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.


Trouble in Anaheim between Latino teens and white law enforcement  

Tuesday night, a white off-duty LAPD officer pulled a gun on Latino teens who had walked on his property in Anaheim. Video of the altercation went viral and sparked outrage in the community.

Protesters face GOP backlash  

The Arizona state senate has passed a bill that would criminalize certain forms of protest. This comes as angry voters confront Congress members at town hall meetings nationwide. Also, California could become the first state in the union to offer universal single-payer health care. A new bill has been introduced that begins the conversation.

What's the real relationship between immigration and crime?  

One of Donald Trump’s executive orders states that undocumented immigrants “present a significant threat to national security and public safety.” But years of research paints a more complicated picture. The administration also wants to hire 5,000 new Border Patrol agents and 10,000 new ICE agents, but that comes with myriad challenges.

A sweeping change in immigration policy  

New memos from the Department of Homeland Security outline the enforcement priorities to address undocumented immigrants crossing the border. They broaden the category of people who are eligible for deportation to practically anyone who doesn’t have papers.

What's the role of leaks in a functional government?  

What happens to an executive branch when its bureaucrats routinely undermine it? We also speak with local Trump supporters about their reactions to yesterday’s press conference and to the president’s first month in office.

The future of Obamacare, and Democrats' embrace of conspiracy theories  

House Speaker Paul Ryan says Republicans are ready to introduce their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. There’s also been an uptick in how many liberals are falling for conspiracy theories in order to explain the Trump administration’s actions.

California lawmakers demand answers on immigration raids  

Local congresswoman Judy Chu says she’s receiving panicked calls from her constituents and no answers from immigration officials about deportations. We also talk about the latest turmoil at the White House.

Mike Flynn's resignation, Barbara Boxer's plan for Democrats  

Michael Flynn resigned as National Security Advisor after he admitted not fully briefing Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the US. Also, former Senator Barbara Boxer has a plan to get more Democrats in power.

Oroville dam and fixing infrastructure in California  

Recent storms have put extra pressure on Northern California’s Oroville Dam. Two of the channels that drain the dam are damaged and nearly 200,000 people living downstream have been evacuated. Workers are trying to come up with a fix before more storms move in. We also look at the infrastructure of dams throughout California and some necessary improvements.

Update from Standing Rock, and Governor Brown's environmental record  

The Trump administration has allowed construction to resume on the Dakota Access Pipeline, so the opposition has asked a court to intervene. A watchdog group has issued California Governor Jerry Brown critical grades on the environment.

Trump's new immigration rules and unconventional phone calls  

What’s next for the more than a million undocumented estimated to live in LA and Orange Counties? President Trump’s unscripted phone calls with world leaders are making State Department veterans nervous.

Arguments on Trump's travel ban  

Donald Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries -- will the federal government or Washington state prevail? We look at the arguments before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Trump and taxpayer money  

Donald Trump’s recent trip to Mar-a-Lago and Eric Trump’s trip to Uruguay raise questions of what taxpayers should pay for, as well as the blurred lines between the Trumps’ business holdings and official U.S. business.

Trump’s travel ban hits home  

A federal judge in Washington State has issued a legal challenge to Donald Trump’s travel ban. Will it hold up in court, and how is the country’s system of checks and balances designed? An LA-based 19-year-old Iraqi student was directly affected by the ban and shares his story. There’s also uncertainty for young Mexican immigrants brought to the U.S. as young children, who have been protected under Obama’s DACA program.

The threat to Dodd-Frank and the rise of Snapchat  

President Trump says he wants to get rid of Dodd-Frank, the legislation reining in big banks. We talk about what that would do to the economy and consumers. Snapchat’s parent company has filed for a $3 billion dollar IPO, reportedly the largest ever for a company based in Los Angeles.

Steve Bannon's America, free speech, and the refugee experience  

White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is behind many of Donald Trump’s policies, including the recent travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries. Protests over Milo Yiannopoulos are stirring up conversations around free speech v. hate speech. And Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen shares his new short story collection “The Refugees.”

Supreme Court reform and California as a sanctuary state  

Democrats and Republicans are sparring over the nomination of Neil Gorsuch as the next Supreme Court justice. But what if the real problem is the structure of the Supreme Court itself? Also, California is debating becoming a sanctuary state. Is that necessary to protect immigrants or unnecessarily provocative?

Trump's parallels with Nixon, and the growing fight against Trump's travel ban  

After President Trump ordered to bar people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the US, some travelers were detained at airports over the weekend. Silicon Valley is also worried about how this will affect their workers, may who are foreign-born and rely on H-1B visas. Also, might Trump be repeating some of Richard Nixon’s mistakes?

The immigration ban fallout  

Protests erupted nationwide over President Donald Trump’s executive order banning people from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the U.S. We discuss it with California Senator Kamala Harris, and learn about one of the architects of the ban.

Sanctuary city laws and a new college master plan  

We look at whether the federal government can take money away from states and cities that protect undocumented immigrants. Also, a new report says public higher education in California can be almost free.

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