KCRW's UpClose event series features KCRW on-air personalities in lively and compelling conversations with some of the leading figures in film, art, politics, literature and pop-culture. Created in 2010, each UpClose event takes place before a live audience.
California Cuisine: What It is and Why It Matters
Ruth Reichl moderates a discussion on California's culinary identity and influence. Panelists include Roy Choi, Joyce Goldstein, Nancy Silverton, Sang Yoon, and Eduardo Ruiz.
UpClose: Dori Caymmi
Tom Schnabel in conversation with Briazilian Musician Dori Caymmi.
UpClose: UnFictional Live
UpClose: Alan Pasqua
Tom Schnabel in conversation with Jazz Pianist Alan Pasqua.
UpClose: Game of Thrones
Elvis Mitchell in conversation with creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Photo credit: Caught in the Moment.
UpClose: Jamaica Kincaid
Michael Silverblatt in conversation with author Jamaica Kincaid.
UpClose with Lawrence Wright
In the first UpClose conversation of the year, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright and Kim Masters discussed Wright's new book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief. Read More
UpClose with Art Spiegelman
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Art Spiegelman and Michael Silverblatt reflected on the 25th anniversary of Maus and Spiegelman's new book MetaMaus: A Look Inside a Modern Classic, Maus.
UpClose with Sapphire
Bookworm host Michael Silverblatt sat down with poet and author Sapphire for a candid talk about her book, The Kid, the follow up to Precious.
UpClose with Alan Ball
Elvis Mitchell talked with Writer/Director/Executive Producer Alan Ball about inspiration and what the success of his hit series "True Blood" means for him personally, professionally and for the future of television.
UpClose with Matthew Weiner
Matthew Weiner, Creator and Executive Producer of "Mad Men," spoke with Elvis Mitchell about the groundbreaking series and how casting Jon Hamm furthered Weiner's creative purview.
UpClose with Catherine Keener
Actress Catherine Keener spoke with Elvis Mitchell in an open-ended and unscripted conversation about her career.