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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Leila Mottley was 19 and fresh out of high school when she wrote “Nightcrawling,” which captures the heartbreak and yearning of California’s inner cities.

Commentator Joe Mathews says the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley is the best of its kind in the country, even if that has little to do with the 40th president…

Commentator Joe Mathews says the federal government’s sale of off-shore wind leases is raising questions about the future of climate and community.

When California’s economy falters, the reverberations are felt across the globe. Commentator Joe Mathews says state banks are often the root of the problem.

San Diego’s public universities are thriving. Joe Mathews says forward thinking and smart development are making the southwest corner of the state a higher education mecca.

As California schools are routinely shutting down, commentator Joe Mathews says it’s crucial to harden schools for this new reality and keep them running.

Political power is fleeting, but ballot initiatives in California can last forever if their champions continue to fight for them.

California’s tech giants have helped build one of the world's largest economies, but commentator Joe Mathews says Americans have paid a heavy price for that success.

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