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Episodes

  • Ebola Survivors in West Africa, Uber Protests, and a History of Ouija Boards

    Oct 24, 2014 | 52 min
    We take a ground-level look at the plight of Ebola survivors in West Africa. Also, a history of the Ouija board, the spooky game that?s now the subject of a new horror film.
  • Inside the Snowden Story, Fake Classes for Athletes, and More

    Oct 23, 2014 | 52 min
    A new documentary follows NSA leaker Edward Snowden through his decisions to release top-secret documents and go public. Also, a 20-year cheating scandal designed to boost student athletes? grades has been exposed at the University of North Carolina.
  • Actor Tony Hale, Blackwater Verdict, and the Myth of Online Anonymity

    Oct 22, 2014 | 52 min
    Today, four Blackwater contractors were found guilty in the shooting deaths of 17 Iraqi civilians in 2007. We get an update from the courtroom. Also, is the app Whisper, which invites users to share their darkest secrets, as anonymous as advertised?
  • Remembering Oscar, a Prehistory of Air Conditioning, and NFL to L.A.?

    Oct 21, 2014 | 52 min
    Beloved fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, known for his timelessly beautiful, yet wearable garments, died yesterday at the age of 82. And will LA soon have a pro football team again...and is that a good thing?
  • Voter ID Laws, the Truth about Andy Kaufman and Rating the Ratings

    Oct 20, 2014 | 51 min
    The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Texas law that requires an ID to vote. We talk about that, and Andy Kaufman, who died 30 years ago. His former writing partner unravels the mysteries of the comedian?s life and death.
  • Ebola Czar, Gamergate, and a History of Scary Clowns

    Oct 17, 2014 | 53 min
    President Obama?s new ?Ebola czar,? Ron Klain, doesn?t have a healthcare background. Does it matter? Also, a history of scary clowns in pop culture.
  • LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy Resigns, Marvel Ventures Into YA

    Oct 16, 2014 | 52 min
    Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy resigned this morning. We look at what made him such a divisive figure, and what?s next for the district.
  • Ebola Treatment Challenges, and Bay Guardian Shutdown Reflects Cultural Change in San Francisco

    Oct 15, 2014 | 52 min
    Why is it so hard for local hospitals to contain the Ebola virus, even if they take protective measures? Also, what does the shuttering of the San Francisco Bay Guardian say about the city?s changing culture?
  • Foie Gras, Frozen Eggs, and Taylor Swift

    Oct 14, 2014 | 52 min
    Today on Press Play, we talk about a new policy by some Silicon Valley companies to offer egg freezing procedures for female employees so they can postpone childbirth. We also discuss California?s ban on foie gras and the phenomenon that is Taylor Swift.
  • The Economics of Ebola and the Untold Story of Trapped Chilean Miners

    Oct 13, 2014 | 52 min
    The cost of containing the Ebola virus is adding up quickly for the U.S. But it pales in comparison to the possible $30 billion West Africa could lose to the disease. We break down that number, and hear from one business owner in Liberia who?s been personally affected.
  • Reporting on Ebola, Searching for Kim, and Saying Hello to Kitty

    Oct 10, 2014 | 52 min
    NPR?s Anders Kelto recently returned from a two week reporting trip in Sierra Leone, one of three countries hardest hit by the Ebola epidemic. He joins us to discuss his experiences there.
  • LAUSD?s Student Records Problem and the History of the Jheri Curl

    Oct 9, 2014 | 52 min
    LAUSD?s new computerized scheduling system has some students sitting around in auditoriums, waiting to be assigned to their classes. We discuss the ongoing issues.
  • LAUSD's Student Records Problem and the History of the Jheri Curl

    Oct 9, 2014 | 52 min
    LAUSD?s new computerized scheduling system has some students sitting around in auditoriums, waiting to be assigned to their classes. We discuss the ongoing issues.
  • How We Fight Wildfires

    Oct 8, 2014 | 51 min
    Wildfire season is in full swing, and a pilot died yesterday while fighting a wildfire near Yosemite National Park. Are our fire prevention techniques up-to-date?
  • Waze, Water Wasters, and Jill Soloway on 'Transparent'

    Oct 7, 2014 | 52 min
    Some of the state?s highest water officials are also its biggest water wasters. Who are they, and how are they using up to 1 million gallons of water a year?
  • Inside the World of Jihadi Hunters

    Oct 6, 2014 | 52 min
    ?Jihadi hunters? are civilians dedicated to tracking Islamic extremists online. Will they eventually be embraced by the intelligence community?
  • Force Feeding at Guantanamo and the Politics of History

    Oct 3, 2014 | 53 min
    Today on Press Play, we take a look at the first trial over force feeding at Guantanamo Bay. Plus, we discuss the fight over history lessons in a Colorado school district.
  • Will CicLAvia Bring Gentrification to East LA?

    Oct 2, 2014 | 52 min
    This Sunday, thousands of bicyclists will roll through the streets of L.A. for the 10th CicLAvia. They?ll be peddling through some neighborhoods previously untouched by the event, including East Los Angeles, and not everyone there is happy about it. Some see CicLAvia as a harbinger of gentrification.
  • The Great Cooking Debate of 2014

    Oct 1, 2014 | 52 min
    Today on Press Play, we pit the food editor of the New York Times against a writer who is so sick of her kitchen, she says she?ll never cook again. Home cooking: Is it worth it?
  • Death at 75, Plastic Ban Bag, and Comedian Hari Kondabolu

    Sep 30, 2014 | 52 min
    Ezekiel Emanuel says he only wants to live until age 75. He joins us to explain why. Plus, comedian Hari Kondabolu joins us, and Madeleine helps him write some jokes.
  • Hong Kong Street Scene, Secret Service Slip-Ups, and SNL Hits Middle Age

    Sep 29, 2014 | 55 min
    Maurice ?Hank? Greenberg, the former CEO of financial giant AIG is suing the U.S. government because, he says, the $182B bailout was too low. What new information could the trial reveal about the handling of the financial crisis?
  • Obama?s ISIS Reaction, Writing the Rails and the Ello Buzz

    Sep 26, 2014 | 53 min
    Today on Press Play, we take a look at how the brutality of ISIS is driving President?s Obama?s foreign policy. Plus, how riding the rails are inspiring the first crop of Amtrak?s writer residency program.
  • Holder?s Track Record, Australia?s Environmental About-Face and Comedian Tig Notaro

    Sep 25, 2014 | 53 min
    Attorney General Eric Holder announced he?s resigning today. What track record is he leaving behind, and who might replace him?
  • Coyotes, Water Supplies, and an Elegy for a Son

    Sep 24, 2014 | 44 min
    Seal Beach residents plan to kill coyotes in town after a spate of pet attacks. We discuss whether that?s the best option. And we look at the latest scary numbers regarding California?s dwindling water supply.
  • Recruiting Jihadists, Funding Privacy Research, and More

    Sep 23, 2014 | 42 min
    Los Angeles is one of three U.S. cities piloting a federal program to keep U.S. residents from joining militant extremist groups like ISIS. We talk to a former jihadist about his work trying to stop the radicalization of young people.
  • Electric Cars for All, Organic Dairy Hurt by Drought, New Fall TV Lineup

    Sep 22, 2014 | 44 min
    California Governor Jerry Brown will appear at the U.N. Climate Summit this week. Over the weekend, he signed six bills aimed at getting about 15 times more electric cars on our roads. Can Brown?s measures really make clean-air vehicles more affordable for all?
  • The Midnight Mission, Affordable Housing, and the Border from the Other Side

    Sep 19, 2014 | 44 min
    Despite our improving economy, new numbers show that 20 percent of Angelenos live in poverty. That?s one of the highest rates in the country. Madeleine visits the Midnight Mission, which serves 3,000 meals a day to poor and homeless on Skid Row.
  • Scottish Independence, Lithium, and Behind the Scenes at Camp David

    Sep 18, 2014 | 41 min
    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright joins us to talk about his latest book, Thirteen Days in September, a behind-the-scenes account the negotiations leading to the historic 1978 Camp David Middle East peace agreement.
  • Israeli Spying Protest, Forced Labor for Phones, and The Bone Clocks

    Sep 17, 2014 | 41 min
    Former members of an elite Israeli military intelligence unit are revolting over that country?s use of personal, private information about Palestinians. Plus, we look at a new report that says many of the laborers who create our smartphones are basically forced labor.
  • The New Ebola Plan, Eisenhower Memorial Fight, and a Really Big Squid

    Sep 16, 2014 | 52 min
    President Obama plans to announce a new response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa today. We discuss whether the plan goes far enough. And we talk with an emergency medical worker who?s in Liberia fighting the outbreak.
  • Heat Wave, Rush Hour, and the Grandparent Scam

    Sep 15, 2014 | 51 min
    The latest SoCal heat wave isn?t just unpleasant; it?s dangerous. More people in the US are killed by extreme heat than tornadoes, hurricanes, or flooding. And cities trap the heat in what are called ?urban heat islands,? making things even worse. We talk about solutions to cool cities down.
  • Texas Abortion Law, Hollywood Vaccination Wars and Biofuel Theft

    Sep 12, 2014 | 52 min
    Since people have started taking greasy stuff out of the fryer and putting it in their biodiesel cars, the value of all that used oil has gone up, and stealing it has become a lucrative crime. The story of modern day cooking-oil rustling.
  • Texas Abortion Law, Hollywood Vaccination Wars and Biofuel Theft

    Sep 12, 2014 | 53 min
    Since people have started taking greasy stuff out of the fryer and putting it in their biodiesel cars, the value of all that used oil has gone up, and stealing it has become a lucrative crime. The story of modern day cooking-oil rustling.
  • The Politics of Fighting ISIS

    Sep 11, 2014 | 53 min
    President Obama made a case last night for carrying out a campaign of airstrikes in Syria to fight the radical Islamist group ISIS, also known as ISIL, or the Islamic State. How much was his speech about national security, and how much was it about domestic politics?
  • Obama?s ISIS Plans, NFL Abuse Issues, and Creating Consumer Need

    Sep 10, 2014 | 53 min
    President Obama is giving a prime time speech tonight to lay out his strategy for fighting the Islamic State, or ISIS. We talk to one of the few outside foreign policy experts who met with the President about his plans earlier this week.
  • Propaganda Wars, iPhone Hysteria and Ranking College Rankings

    Sep 9, 2014 | 53 min
    This morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced a new slate of products, including two new iPhone models. Every minute of the unveiling was chronicled in news reports... but why? What is it about Apple that inspires media hysteria over every new product?
  • Obama?s Immigration About-Face, Fall TV Diversity and Ray Rice

    Sep 8, 2014 | 53 min
    Today on Press Play, California Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez responds to President Obama?s announcement that he will delay executive action on immigration reform. And we hear what Ray Rice?s domestic abuse story says about the NFL.
  • Remembering Joan Rivers and Breaking Up with Football

    Sep 5, 2014 | 53 min
    For years, small businesses have complained that the website Yelp manipulates their reviews based on whether or not they purchase ad space on the site. A group of them finally sued, and yesterday a federal appeals court ruled against them. What are the implications of the decision, and how much power does Yelp have in determining which businesses succeed?
  • Al Qaeda in India, Gamergate, and Cars for Millennials

    Sep 4, 2014 | 53 min
    Anita Sarkeesian has made a name for herself critiquing the way women are depicted in video games. But it?s made her a target. Vitriol pours out against her online. She was even forced from her home because of threats. In the gaming community it?s being referred to as ?Gamergate.?
  • Conflicting Diet Studies, The Culture of Reddit, and a Famous Boulder

    Sep 3, 2014 | 53 min
    A new documentary follows the long, slow travels of the 340-ton boulder that eventually became the cornerstone of the ?Levitated Mass? sculpture at LACMA. We talk to the filmmaker about the journey and the controversy surrounding the work.
  • Another Apparent ISIS Execution

    Sep 2, 2014 | 53 min
    Today on Press Play, we discuss the video that ISIS just released this morning that appears to show the execution of another American journalist. Steven Sotloff was captured in Syria last year while covering the conflict there.
  • Soul Train, Ear Worms and Musical Mysteries

    Sep 1, 2014 | 53 min
    On today?s special all-music edition of Press Play, we talk about the beginning and end of the funkiest show on TV. Plus, we delve into two musical mysteries, and we look at the science behind the songs that get stuck in your head.
  • Welcome to the 47-Hour Work Week

    Aug 29, 2014 | 53 min
    Surveys show that most Americans work much more than 40 hours a week. We hit the streets and talk to workers of every stripe to see who?s working working when, and how it?s affecting their lives.
  • Immigration, Truancy, and How a Football Player Fooled the Media

    Aug 28, 2014 | 53 min
    The Department of Homeland Security has agreed to let some deported migrants come back to the U.S. We discuss the lawsuit that led to that decision, and we look at how President Obama?s go-it-alone approach to immigration reform is worrying members of both parties.
  • Los Angeles Plays Itself, Amazon Gets Twitchy, and a Mideast Truce

    Aug 27, 2014 | 53 min
    After seven weeks of fighting that claimed more than 2,200 casualties, Israel and Hamas agreed to an indefinite ceasefire yesterday. But will the truce hold? We hear about the details of the agreement, plus on-the-ground reaction from both sides of the conflict.
  • Superintendent Deasy on LAUSD?s iPad Controversy

    Aug 26, 2014 | 52 min
    LAUSD?s iPad program is now on hold after a report questioned the awarding of the contract to Apple, which makes iPads, and Pearson, the company developing the curriculum. Superintendent John Deasy joins us to discuss.
  • Monday Night Emmys, Matthew Weiner?s Big Screen Debut, and More

    Aug 25, 2014 | 53 min
    The Emmy ceremony is held tonight in Downtown Los Angeles. The event was muscled out of its usual Sunday night slot by the VMAs. We discuss whether old favorites, like Mad Men and Breaking Bad, will hold their own against newer shows like Game of Thrones and Orange is the New Black.
  • Burning Man Gentrification and Martina Navratilova on Tennis Noise

    Aug 22, 2014 | 53 min
    The Burning Man festival starts Monday in Nevada?s Black Rock Desert. Has it become too gentrified as Silicon Valley billionaires become part of the celebration? Plus: tennis champion Martina Navratilova discusses the noise from fans during matches.
  • America?s Ransom Policy, The Uber Future, and a Giant Head

    Aug 21, 2014 | 53 min
    The militant group the Islamic State murdered American journalist James Foley earlier this week. We now know that before the killing, the group demanded $132 million in ransom from the U.S. government. We have a policy of not paying ransoms. But European countries do pay. And their citizens usually get released.
  • ISIS Executes James Foley, ?Bad Feminist,? and B.K.S. Iyengar

    Aug 20, 2014 | 53 min
    Slain American journalist James Foley was captured nearly two years ago while reporting in Syria. The Islamic militant group ISIS beheaded Foley and posted a video of his execution online yesterday. We talk to Charlie Sennott, a co-founder of Global Post, the news group Foley was reporting for.
  • Arming School Police, Ivy League Zombies, and Silvertop

    Aug 19, 2014 | 53 min
    Why are campus cops at Compton schools authorized to carry AR-15 semiautomatic rifles? Also, an iconic Los Angeles house hits the market.
  • A Civil Rights Generation Gap, Unregulated Food and More

    Aug 18, 2014 | 53 min
    In light of ongoing protests and violence in Ferguson, Missouri, some are wondering if there?s a generation gap when it comes to civil rights in America today. We take a look at that and at the movement to put wearable cameras on all police officers.
  • A Different Tone in Ferguson, Yes Means Yes, and More

    Aug 15, 2014 | 53 min
    The Missouri Highway Patrol has taken over public safety in the city of Ferguson. The new officers took a less combative approach last night, marching along with demonstrators who are protesting the police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown last Saturday.
  • On the Ground in Ferguson, Taboo Topics and Caviar?s Criminal Underground

    Aug 14, 2014 | 53 min
    We look at what?s happening on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., five days after police there shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. Then we look at a police shooting here in L.A. It?s still unclear how and why cops in South L.A. shot 25-year-old Ezell Ford Monday night.
  • Race and Police, Schizophrenia, and Monkey Photographers

    Aug 13, 2014 | 53 min
    After the death of an unarmed, black teen in Ferguson, Missouri, we take a look at the role race plays in officer shootings and what police departments are doing about it.
  • Remembering Robin Williams

    Aug 12, 2014 | 53 min
    We take time today to look back on the life and work of Robin Williams, who took his own life yesterday. We discuss his legacy as an actor and his influence on other comedians.
  • LAPD Misclassified Crimes, New L.A. Times CEO, Hawaii Politics

    Aug 11, 2014 | 53 min
    In one year, The LAPD misclassified more than a thousand violent crimes as minor offenses. Is the LAPD deliberately manipulating the crime stats to make the city look safer? And why don?t women get to direct more studio movies?
  • Back to Iraq, Black Faces/White Spaces, and Dear Nobody

    Aug 8, 2014 | 52 min
    American military jets dropped bombs on Islamic extremists in Iraq today. Where will this lead? And who are the Yazidis, the ethnic group we?re trying to protect? Also, a collection of diary entries by a teenage girl who died 15 years ago provides a gritty, raw look at the life of an American teenager.
  • Jeezly! New Scrabble Words, K-Pop Descends on LA and More

    Aug 7, 2014 | 53 min
    The danger posed by two Ebola patients brought home to the U.S. for treatment may be overblown, but could the CDC have handled the situation better? And ?Hashtag,? ?chillax,? and ?selfie,? are just a few of the 5,000 words added to the new Scrabble Dictionary.
  • Hack of the Century, the Real ?Dog Day Afternoon,? and more...

    Aug 6, 2014 | 52 min
    A new documentary tells the story of the outrageous real life bank robber that inspired Al Pacino?s character in the movie ?Dog Day Afternoon.? Also, did Russian hackers pull off the biggest hack ever? Should we be freaking out? And more...
  • Doing Business in Africa, Saving Kodak and Indie Sci-Fi

    Aug 5, 2014 | 53 min
    Americans are clinging to the idea of an Africa that needs to be saved, not invested in. And we risk missing out on an economic boom if we don?t change that attitude. In a digital world, a group of high-profile filmmakers are stepping in to save film. The world of indie sci-fi film? and more.
  • Treating Ebola, Broken Windows Policing, and Hate-Watching TV

    Aug 4, 2014 | 53 min
    The American doctor being being treated for ebola has been helped by an experimental drug. Should everyone with the disease have access? An LA Times investigative report finds that PTSD claims have exploded. What?s going on? The puritanical view of sex on ?The Bachelorette.? And more?
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    Aug 1, 2014 | 11 min
  • A Comedian Turns Mayor, Curbing Assault on Campus, and More

    Jul 31, 2014 | 53 min
    Today on Press Play, we talk to University of California president Janet Napolitano about a new bill that would change the way colleges handle sexual assault. We also meet Jon Gnarr, an Icelandic comedian who ran for mayor of Reykjavic as a joke -- and won.
  • Water Main Woes, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Passive Policy

    Jul 30, 2014 | 53 min
    Yesterday?s water main break in Westwood sent millions of gallons of water flooding nearby streets and UCLA. We take a look at our crumbling water infrastructure. Plus, with conflicts flaring up all over the globe, how much is the Obama administration?s foreign policy to blame?
  • Failed Peace Plans, Smaller Airplane Seats, and More

    Jul 29, 2014 | 53 min
    We take an in-depth look at how Secretary of State John Kerry?s plans for peace in the Middle East failed after coming so close to reaching an agreement. Plus: We talk to one of the airplane designers who?s charged with finding new ways to get more seats on airplanes.
  • Evolution of an Outbreak, Bookworm at the Beach, and More

    Jul 28, 2014 | 53 min
    Ebola is spreading across West Africa. We take a look at how these types of outbreaks can occur. We also discuss Sarah Palin?s new TV network for the internet. And KCRW?s Michael Silverblatt reviews some summer beach reads, including James Joyce?s Ulysses.
  • Exiled From Hollywood, an $84,000 cure, and No Ceasefire

    Jul 25, 2014 | 53 min
    More than three million Americans have Hepatitis C. A cure is now available, but at $84,000, insurance companies will only pay for the sickest to be treated. We take a look at that, and we meet a screenwriter who made films overseas because she was blacklisted by Hollywood.
  • The Biden Agenda, Comic Con Blues, and Student Debt Crisis

    Jul 24, 2014 | 52 min
    Today on Press Play, we look at the state of community colleges, especially in California, and we discuss the growing student debt crisis. We also talk to a New Yorker writer who offers an in-depth dissection of Vice President Joe Biden?s time in the White House.
  • Ballet Free Agency, Americans and the Booker Prize, and More

    Jul 23, 2014 | 54 min
    Prosecutors reading private email sent from federal prisoners to attorneys. The Man Booker Prize long list. Eric Garner chokehold by NYPD officers. Rhode Island indoor prostitution and the impacts on fewer rapes. Also, two of the world?s greatest ballet dancers at Orange County?s Segerstrom Center.
  • Lovely Lawns, Problematic Palms, and Smithsonian Orphans

    Jul 22, 2014 | 53 min
    Affordable Care Act rulings and where that leaves Obamacare. The myth that we only use 10% of our brains. The drought and green lawns. L.A.?s palm trees don?t really belong here? And we look inside the Smithsonian?s orphan collections.
  • Mideast Propaganda Wars, Putin?s Popularity, and Fox?s Utopia

    Jul 21, 2014 | 53 min
    Hamas and Israel using social media to influence coverage of ongoing conflict. Vladimir Putin?s popularity is soaring. A record that has become one of the most sought-after artifacts for some music collectors. TV roundup: Fox?s attempts to build a utopia.
  • Transportation Mysteries, New Teacher Union Leader, and More

    Jul 18, 2014 | 54 min
    The Malaysian Airlines flight and anti-aircraft missile? We also talk to the new leader of LA?s teacher union. Film roundup: racist casting call? This weekend?s new releases. And, transportation mysteries of Southern California.
  • Life Among The Rockets in Israel and Gaza

    Jul 17, 2014 | 53 min
    Children were killed by an Israeli airstrike . Americans who can?t afford to retire, picking up jobs. And a slave who was one of the most famous pianists of the 19th century.
  • Cheerleaders Fight for Pay, DNA Dating, and Homeless LA

    Jul 16, 2014 | 53 min
    Mayor Eric Garcetti is promising to end homelessness among veterans. Oakland Raiders cheerleaders? minimum wage pay. Iraqis that worked with the Americans trying to come to the U.S. Web roundup: the end of online passwords, dating sites that use DNA, and chat roulette for stoners.
  • Beau Bergdahl Mystery, Today?s Peace Corps, Brain Mapping

    Jul 15, 2014 | 53 min
    An update on Beau Bergdahl; the last-minute peace deal in Afghanistan; using drones to build; a look at today's Peace Corps; and the race to map the human brain.
  • Undocumented Children in Bell, Amazon TV and Caught in the Crack Epidemic

    Jul 14, 2014 | 53 min
    The mayor of Bell, CA talks about his own history and his plan to help undocumented children from Central America; we get a close-up look at Guatemala; Amazon and Hulu enter the fall TV fracas; journalist Ruben Castaneda on his new memoir; we remember Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer with a literary scholar who knew her personally.
  • "Re-homing" Adopted Kids, Defining Film Criticism, and More

    Jul 11, 2014 | 53 min
    How to "re-home" adopted children; an update on the struggle in the Middle East; our weekly Friday film segment; and the role of film critics in the internet age.
  • Families of Prisoners, Reality TV Culture, and Water Rules

    Jul 10, 2014 | 53 min
    Today on Press Play: Emmy nominations, a preview of the World Cup final, the fight for water, and teens with family in prison.
  • History of Corporate Personhood, Botox and Happiness, and More

    Jul 9, 2014 | 53 min
    Religion, business and equal opportunities; legal support for immigrant children; a historical look at when corporations are treated as people in court; non-cosmetic uses for Botox; and the future of American Apparel.
  • The Making of Maliki, Immigration and Privatization, and More

    Jul 8, 2014 | 53 min
    Obama requests money from Congress for immigration; the pros and cons of snacking; disrupting car culture; and is it time for Iraq's Prime Minister to step down?
  • Freediving, Sharks, and Teens Kidnapped, Killed in West Bank

    Jul 7, 2014 | 53 min
    Tensions running high in the West Bank. Worldwide: 1 billion children forced into becoming soldiers. TV: World Cup ratings, ?Community,? and ?Strain.? What is Freediving? And, shark bites swimmer.
  • The Real July 4th, Big Little Man, and the Tinder Lawsuit

    Jul 3, 2014 | 54 min
    Over a thousand people showed up in Murrieta last night to debate over detained immigrants. Also, the harassment lawsuit against the hook-up app Tinder and the culture of startups in Silicon Valley. Mike Pesca discusses parenting and the role of fathers, writer Alex Tizon takes on Asian stereotypes in his new book Big Little Man. And writer/performer Mike Schlitt with his take on the real meaning of Independence Day.
  • Comedian Brody Stevens, Stupid Condors, and Inside Our Guts

    Jul 3, 2014 | 53 min
    A peak inside the human digestive system with science writer Mary Roach. Comedian Brody Stevens about his mental breakdown. The New Yorker?s Elizabeth Kolbert says the earth is currently going through an extinction period. And we find out why an attempt to save condors is actually making the birds stupid.
  • Murrieta Immigration Showdown, Future Folk, and Black Phones

    Jul 2, 2014 | 54 min
    Buses with 140 undocumented migrants blocked by protesters on their way to Murrieta. Extreme violence in Central America is pushing many people north. We also meet the men behind ?Future Folk?, a sci-fi bluegrass band. And our tech expert introduces us to ?black phones?, robot legs, and a computer chef.
  • The Making of Iraq, World Cup Fever, and an Eagle Adventure

    Jul 1, 2014 | 53 min
    U.S. soccer team at the World Cup today, high-profile departures at ?The View? and ABC News, and new California law requiring disability insurance plans to cover mental illnesses. Next, turmoil in Iraq partly over borders drawn hundreds of years ago. Then, real-time feeds of wildlife and what happens when viewers decide to interfere with nature.
  • Hobby Lobby FAQs, GI Bill Investigation, and Facebook Outrage

    Jun 30, 2014 | 53 min
    Supreme Court ruled today that Hobby Lobby does not have to cover contraception for employees for religious reasons. A look at the family behind Hobby Lobby and the organization that recruited them. Next, the University of Phoenix and GI Bill tuition money. Also filmmaker Doug Block on his new documentary ?112 Weddings.? Last, Facebook ran an experiment on users in 2012, but didn?t get permission from the users.
  • The Wage War, West Adams? Old Dairy Farm and Movie Roundup

    Jun 27, 2014 | 53 min
    Raise wages and why the government has stepped out of the debate. The relationship between Silicon Valley tech companies and government regulators. Also, a program in Richmond, California that pays potentially-violent people to stay out of trouble. Film roundup: ?Transformers: Age of Extinction,? and ?Snowpiercer.? And, the Los Angeles Conservancy is honoring the people who?ve restored and preserved some of the oldest structures in Los Angeles.
  • World Cup Prospects, Runaway Production and a Drone Forever War

    Jun 26, 2014 | 53 min
    The US in the World Cup group of 16. California is losing TV and movie production to other states with better incentives, can proposed legislation help? Also, a look at how a six-volume, fictionalized memoir captured readers. Then, filmmaker Brian Knappenberger about his new film, ?The Internet?s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz.? Finally, a new report on weaponized drone use.
  • ?No? to No Fly Lists, Aereo, and Warrantless Phone Searches

    Jun 25, 2014 | 53 min
    Cell phone searches, the end of Aereo, the no fly list, online death threats, and the oldest living things in the world.
  • Whitey Bulger and the FBI, Media Hacking, and LA Tax Breaks

    Jun 24, 2014 | 52 min
    Former head of Rupert Murdoch?s British newspapers, has avoided jail time. The Los Angeles City Council is considering giving 180 million dollars in tax breaks to luxury developments downtown. 2014, is the worst year for car recalls in the US. And, we talk to the director of a new documentary about the FBI?s relationship with mobster Whitey Bulger.
  • Youth at the Border, Crushing World Cup Tie and Code Literacy

    Jun 23, 2014 | 53 min
    World Cup woes for the US, the Spanish language media market, youth crossing the US border, the importance of learning code, and our weekly TV roundup.
  • Defensive Architecture, Living in Cars, and Bad Medicine

    Jun 20, 2014 | 53 min
    LA?s law that bans people from living in their cars? Cities are creating ?defensive architecture? to keep homeless from hanging out on the streets. We hear from family members of mass shooting victims dealing with grief. And, the weekly film roundup.
  • Dov Gets Booted, Obama Updates Iraq Plan, and Animals Go Mad

    Jun 19, 2014 | 53 min
    President Obama on the situation in the Middle East. American Apparel founder Dov Charney accused of sexually harassing his employees, ousted by his own board of directors. Two senators propose reducing the FAFSA form questions. Author Laurel Braitman shares studies on madness in animals. And another California Supreme Court justice is stepping down.
  • Redskins Trademark, GM Recalls and the History of Booze

    Jun 18, 2014 | 54 min
    The US Patent Office revokes the Redskins? trademark. GM CEO testifies before Congress on major recalls by the company. We get the history of booze from author Adam Rogers. And, a look at the world of tech, from Amazon smartphones to smell-o-texting.
  • Rock 'n' Roll LA, Emoji Controversy, and Ocean Protection

    Jun 17, 2014 | 52 min
    Obama's plan for ocean protection, making water from waste, whooping cough, rock 'n' roll in LA, and emoji diversity.
  • Starbucks U., the Ivory Trade, and Tastemakers

    Jun 16, 2014 | 53 min
    Starbucks offers free tuition, the state of the ivory trade, suing LA's biggest banks, "tastemakers," and our weekly TV roundup.
  • The Real Life Frank Underwood, Life After Prison and Disease-Fighting Bugs

    Jun 13, 2014 | 53 min
    Eric Cantor's replacement, the debate over teacher tenure, finding work after prison, bioengineered bugs, and our weekly film roundup.
  • World Cup Protests, Four Decades of Film and Scary Food News

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    ISIS explained, protests at the World Cup, Ken Turan on film, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the limits of political polls.
  • Uniquely LA Film, Gaming the Emmys, and Goodbye Eric Cantor

    Jun 11, 2014 | 53 min
    Eric Cantor's defeat, violence in Iraq, the 20th annual LA Film Fest, a World Cup preview, NHL and NBA news, and Emmy politics.
  • Teachers Verdict, Cost of Cybercrime, and a Spymaster Speaks

    Jun 10, 2014 | 53 min
    An education lawsuit verdict, the cost of cybercrime, the health of the American car economy, CIA veteran Jack Devine's new memoir, and the most-highlighted passages from Kindle.
  • Student Debt, Charlie Beck and Binge TV

    Jun 9, 2014 | 53 min
    Today on Press Play: Student debt, the case for (and against) Police Chief Charlie Beck, Richard Gabriel's new book, a preview of E3 and our weekly TV roundup.
  • Bullet Trains, The Gay Gene and Hollywood NIMBYs

    Jun 6, 2014 | 52 min
    California's bullet train hits another snag, Hollywood NIMBYs, the search for the "gay gene," a Led Zeppelin lawsuit, and our weekly film segment.
  • Grey Wolves, Sheriff Trial Update and California Chrome

    Jun 5, 2014 | 53 min
    Protecting grey wolves, investigating LA Sheriff's Department, California Chrome's local roots, the Hollywood Fringe Festival, and "the sharing economy."
  • Election Results, Stanley Cup, and Tiananmen Square Remembered

    Jun 4, 2014 | 52 min
    Yesterday's primary election results, a preview of the Stanley Cup finals, a tribute to Tiananmen Square, community supported agriculture, and a tech update.
  • Bowe Bergdahl, ICE Holds, and My Salinger Year

    Jun 3, 2014 | 53 min
    The White House plays defense upon Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl's return, California counties refuse ICE holds, Joanna Rakoff on Salinger and Syrian elections.