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.


What are the chances the Senate GOP health care bill will pass?  

The Senate GOP health care bill is the latest effort to dismantle Obamacare. Four conservative senators say they can’t support it, but are they just playing politics? What will the moderates do?

What's in the Senate health care bill?  

The Senate Republicans’ health care bill mirrors much of what the House passed in May, which would mean overhauls to President Obama’s signature health law. It includes big changes to Medicaid, which covers poor and disabled people, and repeals the individual mandate.

Charlie Beck: Local police shouldn't do jobs of federal immigration officers  

LA police chief Charlie Beck says he supports a bill that would prevent California law enforcement from carrying out immigration laws. This comes at a time when the White House has threatened to cut federal funding for so-called sanctuary cities and states, possibly affecting Los Angeles.

Will black voters and white women decide Georgia's congressional race?  

The congressional race in Georgia between Jon Ossoff and Karen Handel is the most expensive House race in history. We find out whether African Americans and white suburban women are going to be the key demographic groups.

What Bill Cosby's mistrial says about celebrity, race and gender  

After 52 hours of deliberation, the jury in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case failed to reach a verdict and a mistrial was declared. Cosby could face a new trial as soon as October. His defense team says he is vindicated. But prosecutors are calling for more women to step forward.

Why does Amazon want to buy Whole Foods?  

Amazon plans to spend $13.7 billion to buy Whole Foods Market, which has more than 450 locations. Shareholders of Whole Foods Markets still have to approve the deal. But it’s a big moment for Amazon, which has struggled to find its niche in the $800 billion grocery business.

Will Uber's fall change Silicon Valley?  

Uber’s “break everything and pick up the pieces later” ethos is now, itself, broken. The company’s CEO is on indefinite leave and an internal investigation recommends a top-to-bottom culture change.

Was GOP baseball shooting an act of politically inspired anger?  

Wednesday’s shooting at a baseball practice for Republican Congress members left House Whip Steve Scalise and four others wounded. The suspect, who was killed by police, was a Bernie Sanders supporter.

Jeff Sessions gets caught up in Russia scandal despite recusing himself  

Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday. He was supposed to speak before the House Appropriations Committee, but he left that to his Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein. There are questions about the Russia investigation, and reports that President Trump might fire special counsel Robert Mueller.

President Trump gets sued again, while the attorney general preps to testify  

Washington D.C. and Maryland filed a lawsuit today against President Trump accusing him of violating the emoluments clause in the Constitution, which bars presidents from taking money from foreign governments. This is the second lawsuit now on that subject. Will they be heard in court?

What Comey's testimony means for Trump, Democrats and women  

What damage has been done to the Trump administration -- if any -- from James Comey’s testimony? We also look at where the Democratic party goes from here, and why many women say they understand what Comey went through when he was alone with President Trump in the Oval Office.

Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House  

During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.

Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony  

Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.

Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies?  

Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.

Terrorism in London: Lessons for the US  

This weekend’s terrorist attack in London left seven people dead and almost 50 injured. London police fatally shot the attackers, and ISIS claimed responsibility.

How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord?  

Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.

Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet?  

President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?

Gov. Jerry Brown: California and China will fight climate change together  

President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.

Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians?  

News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?

What did Trump accomplish on his first trip abroad?  

President Trump is wrapping up his Mideast and European tour. We find out what he has accomplished -- good and bad -- and look at what he faces when he comes home.

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