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.


Attacks on climate data and internet privacy  

President Donald Trump signed an executive order to undo most of President Obama’s climate change agenda. One arctic researcher details how the Trump administration has deleted some of her climate data from federal websites. Also, Congress is expected to pass a big change to internet privacy rules.

Attorney General takes aim at sanctuary cities  

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced sanctions for sanctuary cities today. We find out what that means for Los Angeles, which the mayor has called a “city of sanctuary.” Also, California’s Air Resources Board has voted to create new, tougher emissions requirements, which puts it on a collision course with the Trump administration.

Twists and turns on Capitol Hill  

What’s the political fallout over the GOP health care bill? The investigation into Russia’s ties to the Trump campaign also took another twist today. And, will Democrats filibuster Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch?

California congressmen clash over Russian meddling  

Two California congressmen are at the center of the investigation into possible ties between President Trump’s campaign and Russia. Republican Devin Nunes, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, is a Central Valley dairy farmer. His Democratic counterpart is Adam Schiff, a Los Angeles former prosecutor.

US Supreme Court considers when police can open fire  

When police enter someone’s home without a search warrant and then fear for their lives, do they have the right to open fire? That’s the question before the Supreme Court today in a case out of Los Angeles.

LA County social workers on trial, and reforms to juvenile justice  

Four former LA County social workers will go to trial on child abuse and other charges in the death of an 8-year-old boy. Also, two California state senators introduced new legislation that would end incarceration for kids under 12 and ban life sentences without parole for those under 18.

Russian citizens skeptical of election meddling allegations  

FBI Director James Comey said today that the Russians did try to influence the U.S. presidential election, and that the FBI is investigating whether that hacking was coordinated with the Trump campaign. Some Russians don’t buy it.

Understanding the conservative philosophy, and the fight over the NEA  

President Trump’s budget blueprint and the Obamacare replacement have revealed deep divisions with the Republican party. So what is the party’s philosophy now, and how does that line up with conservative voters? Also, Trump wants to get rid of the National Endowment for the Arts, which has long been a Republican target.

Trump's budget could deal a painful blow to California  

President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, Housing and Urban Development, and public education would reverberate throughout California.

What do Trump's new emissions standards mean for fuel efficient cars?  

With President Trump unveiling lower fuel economy standards, will carmakers build more gas guzzlers? Also, an investigation looks into the risks of shipping nuclear warheads across the country on old 18 wheelers, driven by underpaid and overworked drivers. And, six years after Fukushima, nuclear waste has reached parts of the U.S. west coast.

Mayor Garcetti on housing, homelessness, and sanctuary rhetoric  

LA Mayor Garcetti explains his plans to create more housing and help get the homeless out of tent encampments. Also, is he going to run for governor?

Rep. Darrell Issa's raucous town halls, and the rise of Indivisible  

Rep. Darrell Issa held two town hall meetings Saturday in Oceanside, where constituents asked about replacing Obamacare, the administration’s ties to Russia, climate change, and immigration. More than 100 protesters showed up, some who are linked to Indivisible.

How will the GOP health care bill affect California?  

We look at who in California would benefit from the Republican-proposed American Health Care Act, and who would be hurt. Two Trump voters living in Bakersfield also weigh in on the bill.

Are President Trump's global business dealings illegal?  

We look at President Trump’s new potential business interests in China, and whether they violate the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. Also, a Washington DC wine bar has sued the president, saying the Trump Hotel has an unfair advantage because of its tie to the president.

What LA election results mean for development and leadership  

Tuesday’s election in Los Angeles gave a big win to Mayor Eric Garcetti and the city council members up for re-election. Also, voters said no to a measure that would have temporarily stopped development.

The Republican's Obamacare replacement bill, explained  

Republicans announced a plan to replace Obamacare this week. It gets rid of the individual mandate and restricts the amount of people who can be covered by Medicaid. It also says Medicaid cannot be used at Planned Parenthood for such things as contraception and mammograms. What will the plan mean for Planned Parenthood? And for the millions of Californians covered under the ACA?

What Trump's revised travel ban means for refugees  

President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban says that for 90 days there will be no new visas issued to people from six Muslim-majority countries. No refugees from any country will be allowed into the US for 120 days. What will happen to refugees who have spent years trying to win asylum?

Jeff Sessions' nationalist agenda, and California's proposed legal aid to immigrants  

Jeff Sessions and Steve Bannon helped Donald Trump form his nationalist agenda. We look at Sessions’ goals as attorney general, and how he’ll approach them if he survives the investigation into Russian meddling in the election. Also, California is considering providing attorneys for immigrants facing deportation. If passed, it’d be the largest legal defense program for immigrants in the country.

Breaking Point: Housing, density and the future of LA  

Angelenos will vote next week on Measure S, which has stirred up a heated debate: Should LA build higher, denser developments near public transit, or stay as a network of neighborhoods with single family homes and small apartment buildings? Press Play hosts a special broadcast live from Hollywood’s Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, exploring how the housing crisis in LA has caused an identity crisis for Angelenos.

What’s behind the bomb threats to Jewish centers?  

More than 100 Jewish community centers and schools nationwide have faced bomb threats. The FBI is investigating but so far have not identified a suspect. Also, disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher went to Africa to convince leaders there to fight Boko Haram.

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