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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.

    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
    Kyle Rittenhouse and men who killed Ahmaud Arbery: How do trials compare?

    Kyle Rittenhouse and men who killed Ahmaud Arbery: How do trials compare?

    Closing arguments began today in the trial against the three white men charged with murdering Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man, in Brunswick, Georgia. It takes place days after the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse, a young white man who shot three white men last year, killing two of them and injuring the third, during an anti-police brutality protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin. KCRW breaks down both cases and their similarities.
    Also, a new documentary looks at how Janet Jackson’s fans helped turn around her career after the infamous wardrobe malfunction at the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show with Justin Timberlake. And Press Play revisits our favorite interviews with chefs and cookbook authors from the year, compiling recipes for this Thanksgiving.

    • 50 min
    How fentanyl and meth saturated the US and led to more LA homelessness

    How fentanyl and meth saturated the US and led to more LA homelessness

    For the first time ever, more than 100,000 Americans died from a drug overdose in just one year , according to preliminary numbers released by the CDC this week. Most deaths were from fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that can be 100 times more potent than morphine. For decades, fentanyl was only used in hospitals, but now you can find it anywhere. Meth is also available cheaply, is stronger now than ever before, and is a big reason why so many people are living on the streets in LA, according to journalist and author Sam Quinones. His new book is “ The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth .
    Press Play also gets reviews of the latest films: “King Richard,” “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” “C’mon C’mon,” and “Bruised.”

    • 51 min
    Why so many health care workers have quit, where it leaves the rest of us who need medical aid

    Why so many health care workers have quit, where it leaves the rest of us who need medical aid

    Nearly one in five health care workers have left their jobs since the COVID pandemic began in spring 2020, according to Ed Yong, science writer at The Atlantic.
    “Health care workers have been assaulted at work, they've been insulted and billed as incompetent for not prescribing drugs that we know don't do anything for COVID, like hydroxychloroquine. They are having to save people who are refusing even basic aspects of medical care because they don't believe that they have COVID, or because they think that they know how it should be treated based on something they've heard on conservative news media,” he says.
    He adds that a lot of the most experienced people have quit, and their knowledge won’t be passed down to the next generation of doctors and nurses, which means trouble for people who might need care — all of us — over the next several years.
    KCRW also talks to Dr. Nivedita Lakhera, an internal medicine physician at O’Connor Hospital in San Jose, who feels enraged over the state of the country and many people’s refusal of vaccinations. “I really want to give up. The only thing that keeps me going is the virtues from my family. Otherwise … 90% of me just doesn't want to care anymore. But yet, that 10% of you keeps wanting to push,” she says.
    And for a little uplift, you can check out “Julia,” a new documentary exploring Julia Child’s life and relationship with her husband Paul, and find out where you can donate and volunteer in LA this Thanksgiving.

    • 47 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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