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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Billie Eilish’s rise to fame has put the spotlight on her eastside Los Angeles roots.

In a perverse way, California’s booms are harder on its people than its busts.

A big church may fit best in a small city like Visalia.

A block party in South Pasadena reveals the unexpected pleasures of being neighborly.

Trader Joe’s has made itself an iconic California business by proving that less can be more.

It's time for Californians to give thanks... to PG&E.

California is a Republican success story, but you wouldn’t know it today.

Californians have never fully embraced high-speed rail, and that’s why we still don’t have it.

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