Zócalo's Connecting California

Zócalo's Connecting California

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Every week, Zócalo columnist and fourth-generation Southern Californian Joe Mathews talks to Morning Edition host Chery Glaser about 21st-century California's people, politics, trends and idiosyncrasies.

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California’s long history of mass incarceration may have finally reached an inflection point.

Billions are being spent to transition to online education that isn’t teaching our kids very much. What if we used that money to fight the pandemic?

Coronavirus has taken away a lot of what Los Angeles has to offer...but at least it’s taken traffic jams with it.

Karen Bass is among a new generation of leaders who have risen from South L.A.’s Community Coalition.

Governor Newsom’s verbal dexterity has been on glorious display during his daily coronavirus updates, but not everyone is listening.

When the going gets weird, put on a mask, and revel in it.

If the federal government won’t fix the U-S Constitution, California ought to write its own.

Sacramento has been siphoning authority from local California communities for decades.

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