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Host Madeleine Brand looks at news, culture and emerging trends through the lens of Los Angeles.

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Host Madeleine Brand looks at news, culture and emerging trends through the lens of Los Angeles.

    ‘Torn’: Balancing family at home and risky adventure far away

    ‘Torn’: Balancing family at home and risky adventure far away

    “ Torn ” is a new documentary about world-renowned mountain climber Alex Lowe and how his family coped following his 1999 death in the Himalayas. “When his body was discovered and our family made the decision to go back to Tibet together to recover his remains and put him to rest, it brought all that [trauma] back to the surface for me. … I think coming out of that trip was really the impetus for me in wanting to make ‘Torn,’” says filmmaker Max Lowe.
    With the Omicron variant in the U.S., President Joe Biden announced new plans today to mitigate COVID spread, which includes ensuring insurers pay back members for costs of at-home COVID tests.
    Around 150 million people around the world could be forced to move because of climate change within the next few decades, according to the World Bank . Climate migration is already happening in California and reshaping political environments.
    Finally, critics review the newest films: “Flee,” “Benedetta,” “The Hand of God,” “Drive My Car,” and “The Power of the Dog.”

    • 50 min
    NRA seems powerful. But it’s disorganized and easily played, says ‘Misfire’ author

    NRA seems powerful. But it’s disorganized and easily played, says ‘Misfire’ author

    The story of the National Rifle Association involves infighting and backstabbing, million-dollar corruption, and a red-headed Russian spy. Little did the organization know, Donald Trump’s election would trigger their downfall. NPR’s Tim Mak chronicles it all in his new book called “ Misfire .”
    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments today on a Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks. The six conservative justices seem ready to uphold that law, overturning the precedent established in Roe v Wade in 1973.
    And KCRW’s Evan Kleiman offers food-related gift ideas for this holiday.

    • 49 min
    Abortion on TV: Storylines affect our real-life views and laws

    Abortion on TV: Storylines affect our real-life views and laws

    On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case about a Mississippi law that bans almost all abortions after 15 weeks and punishes doctors who violate that law. The high court is also looking at Texas’ law that prohibits abortions even earlier — once a heartbeat is detected.
    TV has lied about abortion , says Tanya Melendez , a researcher at the University of Illinois. “We were taught that women should feel badly because every woman we saw felt badly. I think we were taught that women regret their abortions, which we know from data is not true. ... When you absorb those lessons for decades, when you're raised thinking that's what it looks like, you vote according to those values. … And yet this was a procedure that we know one in three women will have,” she tells KCRW.
    At least four LAPD officers and a deputy in the LA Sheriff’s Department knowingly bought stolen guns from the LAPD Police Academy’s gun store, according to a new investigation .
    Jack Dorsey, the founder and CEO of Twitter, announced in a Tweet early Monday that he is resigning. What’s next for the company without him?

    • 49 min
    How 1 mom recovered from facial paralysis, and US faces Omicron variant

    How 1 mom recovered from facial paralysis, and US faces Omicron variant

    Playwright Sarah Ruhl has spent 10 years recovering from Bell’s palsy, a mysterious and sudden facial paralysis, while juggling motherhood and a writing career. She shares her journey in a new memoir.
    The Omicron variant of COVID has spread to about a dozen countries after being discovered in South Africa this month, and scientists don’t know how contagious it is or whether today’s vaccines can protect against it.
    High-profile criminal cases start today for Ghislaine Maxwell, the long-time associate of alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, and Jussie Smollett, the “Empire” actor who allegedly staged an assault.
    The Marías' Grammy-nominated debut album "Cinema" uses English and Spanish lyrics, and mixes jazz, reggaeton and pop.

    • 50 min
    Guilty verdicts in Ahmaud Arbery murder trial: Analysis

    Guilty verdicts in Ahmaud Arbery murder trial: Analysis

    Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael, and their neighbor William Bryan were deemed guilty today for murdering Ahmaud Arbery, a Black 25-year-old, when he was out jogging in February 2020. The three men face sentences of up to life in prison, and they face another trial for federal hate crime charges early next year.
    Thanksgiving celebrates the American settler myth. Press Play looks at the violence, cannibalism, white-washing, and truth cover-up that happened 400 years ago.
    We also get tips for putting together an easy, last-minute Thanksgiving feast, and recommendations on which new films to watch.

    • 51 min
    Thanksgiving air travel: Long lines, stressed workers, lax COVID attitudes

    Thanksgiving air travel: Long lines, stressed workers, lax COVID attitudes

    AAA expects more than 53 million people to travel for Thanksgiving this year, nearly matching pre-pandemic levels amid hopes of a semi-formal holiday season. But with COVID rising, how can you protect yourself if you’re flying?
    Governor Gavin Newsom says “substantially more” law enforcement officers will be near busy retail stores this Thanksgiving week. That’s because high-end luxury stores have been recently robbed.
    Fewer real Christmas trees are available for sale after months of drought, extreme heat, and record wildfires. If you’re looking for a fake one, you’ll be dealing with the same supply chain issues plaguing everything else.
    Press Play also speaks to the screenwriter of “House of Gucci,” a new film about the backstabbing and murderous family behind the iconic fashion brand, and gets reviews of the newest Christmas films.

    • 49 min

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