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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Serving in the California government can be demoralizing, so many of the state’s promising public officials have found greener pastures — and more power — in nonprofits.

Columnist Joe Mathews channels Plato and Jonathan Swift as he proposes universal orphanhood to be a straight path to societal equity in California.

Columnist Joe Mathews retraces family history and discovers a newfound appreciation for freeways as he drives the surface streets from the South Bay to Redlands.

Competing fears about nuclear risks, climate change and power supplies are framing the discussion over the future of Diablo Canyon, says Joe Mathews.

President Biden opened his Summit for Democracy on Thursday. Commentator Joe Matthews says California’s invite must have gotten lost in the mail.

San Francisco is at times known for its rough-and-tumble approach to local politics. But now a more bruising political fight is playing out in the City by the Bay.

Other states are obsessed with California and its policies, which is a way to show their love, according to Joe Mathews.

Just getting through the day can now sometimes feel like an exercise in diplomacy, especially with disputes over COVID vaccines, mask mandates, and critical race theory in schools.

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