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

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    • 4.4 • 125 Ratings

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

    Who’s on the shortlist to replace Justice Breyer?

    Who’s on the shortlist to replace Justice Breyer?

    Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer plans to retire after nearly 30 years on the bench. President Biden has promised to appoint a Black woman to his post.
    Mexican journalists staged protests nationwide on Tuesday in response to the murders of three journalists, including Lourdes Maldonado López, this month alone.
    In the memoir “ Lost & Found ,” Kathryn Schulz shares the story of losing her father and finding the love of her life in the span of 18 months.
    Peloton was massively popular during the pandemic, but now its stock is plummeting. There are talks of layoffs, selling the company, and maybe ousting the CEO.

    • 49 min
    Free cash is linked to babies’ brain development, study finds

    Free cash is linked to babies’ brain development, study finds

    When poor families receive no-strings-attached cash, that’s linked to more development in their babies’ brains, according to the new “ Baby’s First Years ” study.
    With recent swings in the stock market, investors are anxious, and the Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates to fight inflation.
    The United Farm Workers is struggling to grow its membership and gain attention from state lawmakers. What does its future look like?
    “Finding Your Roots” is a PBS series that combs through family lineages of famous people. It’s inspired by host Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s own experience tracing his family tree.
    Damon Albarn — from Blur and Gorillaz — recently said Taylor Swift doesn’t write her own songs, sparking near-immediate backlash from Swift and her fans.

    • 50 min
    Actor Andrew Garfield finds refuge in art after losing his mom

    Actor Andrew Garfield finds refuge in art after losing his mom

    Andrew Garfield talks about portraying playwright Jonathan Larson in “ tick, tick…BOOM! ” and reprising the role of Spider-Man.
    The federal government is giving California $600 million for forest restoration work, post-fire cleanup, and the removal of so-called hazard trees.
    The Supreme Court justices will hear challenges to race-conscious admissions programs at Harvard and the University of North Carolina this fall.
    After a nail-biting football weekend, the LA Rams and San Francisco 49ers will face off at the NFC Championship game on January 30.
    Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, and Bob Dylan are selling the rights to their music, costing major labels billions of dollars. Why are they selling?

    • 50 min
    Should LAUSD return to remote learning amid Omicron?

    Should LAUSD return to remote learning amid Omicron?

    LAUSD classrooms are seeing major disruptions as the district grapples with record COVID rates among students and staff. Two educators, who are also parents, share their back-to-school experiences.
    On President Joe Biden’s first day in office, he unveiled a 200-page plan to beat COVID-19. What are the administration’s pandemic successes and failures?
    Critics review new international film releases: “Stop Zemlia,” “The Pink Cloud,” “Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom,” and “A Hero.”
    Chopped salad began in 1937 with Hollywood’s Brown Derby Cobb. Like the current TikTok salad craze, bowls of chopped ingredients have been viral ever since.

    • 50 min
    Work heavily shapes American identity. How can we change it?

    Work heavily shapes American identity. How can we change it?

    The authors of “ Out of Office” discuss how telecommuting can make people feel an unhealthy need to constantly work, and why it’s problematic to tie so much of your identity to your job.
    The threat of war looms along the Russian-Ukrainian border, where nearly 100,000 Russian troops are stationed. The White House says Russia could attack Ukraine at any point.
    Today AT&T and Verizon activated 5G service to millions of cellphones in select U.S. cities. But if you live within two miles of an airport, you’re stuck with 4G.
    André Leon Talley was the first Black man to serve as Vogue’s creative director, pushing for racial and gender diversity in fashion. He died Tuesday at age 73.

    • 50 min
    Texas hostage situation is another example of extremism in America

    Texas hostage situation is another example of extremism in America

    Following Saturday’s hostage situation in Texas, LA rabbi Steve Leder shares why local places of worship prioritize security training.
    Eleven people involved in the 2020 U.S. Capitol insurrection have now been charged with seditious conspiracy, including the leader of The Oath Keepers.
    All women will eventually go through menopause, which brings hot flashes, impaired sleep, dry skin, weight gain, and more. It’s important to become informed in your 30s and 40s.
    Some parents and TV critics say “Euphoria” is too graphic and dangerous for young people to watch. But the 2.4 million viewers disagree as they tuned in for the show’s long-awaited return.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
125 Ratings

125 Ratings

Yevie ,

Great show topics but Madeline falls short

I really appreciate the topics Madeline brings to her show. The show has great guests & very insightful stories. However Madeline falls short for me. I’m not fully on board with her interview style, I feel at times she belittles her guests. I personally prefer when Barbara Bogaev guest hosts. I feel she treats the guests with respect & has a very different & kind approach to interviewing guests.

Zozobutt ,

Interview with Adrian Bonnenberger (military)

I really appreciate hearing the interview with the army officer who is trying to get his interpreter out. This is a humanitarian catastrophe which will be forgotten unless Biden takes more action.

maffaytabaluga ,

totoaly raceists person and points of view

just launching more raceism and riots had enough of your lies

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