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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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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.

California’s death penalty was dysfunctional, but it did serve one important purpose.

It’s no surprise that many of us make little effort to engage with our public institutions.

Some people in Merced had high hopes for the bullet train, but now the Central Valley city will just be the terminus of a train line to nowhere.

Huntington Beach – Surf City USA – is paddling away from mainstream California.

Some of the best films last year came out of the city Oakland, but the Film Academy apparently didn’t notice.

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