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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To our detriment, California has lost touch with one of its greatest thinkers.

Laverne is small city that doesn’t covet the spotlight, but it’s found one anyhow with its embrace of a novel development tool.

Formative years in China taught the author why it’s essential to question authority.

This may be the year that California finally gets to pick who’ll be the next president.

As it celebrates its 100 th birthday, UCLA can take pride in being the most important institute of higher education in the state.

Public pensions are eating away at California’s future, and a misguided legal precedent is making the situation worse.

The “Bethel effect” – named after a local church – is transforming the city of Redding in a way that even non-Christians can appreciate.

A disastrous rail extension in the heart of San Francisco is unfortunately business as usual in California.

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