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California Sun Podcast

May 13, 2021

Joel Selven, a music journalist and author of the new book “Hollywood Eden," tells the story of the young artists and musicians who came together at the dawn of the 1960s to create the sound of the California dream. It's the story of how West Los Angeles's University High School class of 1958 — which included Jan...

May 6, 2021

Michael Storper, one of the world's leading economic geographers and a professor at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs, goes deep into the history and resulting contemporary problems facing Los Angeles and the Bay Area. He explains why some cities grow economically, while others decline.

Apr 29, 2021

The writer Ron Brownstein takes us back to 1974 Los Angeles, a period he views as a cultural and political hinge point. It was during that year — as Brownstein details in his new book, "Rock Me on The Water" — that Los Angeles reached its creative peak, transforming movies, music, television, and...

Apr 21, 2021

Joe Mathews, a long-time California journalist, thinks that the state has a big problem, and the problem's name is Los Angeles. Mathews argues that Los Angeles County, home to 25% of the state's population, undermines the state and holds back its prosperity.

Apr 13, 2021

Matthew Shilvock, the general director of the San Francisco Opera, talks about the reemergence of the 1,000-person opera company and how its shutdown during the pandemic could be the catalyst for a younger, more digital, and more experimental future.