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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You are cleared for takeoff now, but come October the government may deem you too big a risk to fly.

Joe Biden is facing a possibly insurmountable obstacle in his bid for the presidency: his name.

The state’s geographic center is often considered a political backwater, but that’s not the case this election season.

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.

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from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

LA District Attorney Jackie Lacey this week dismissed 66,000 marijuana-related convictions in the county.

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LA District Attorney Jackie Lacey this week dismissed 66,000 marijuana-related convictions in the county.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

LA County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced that she’s moving to dismiss 66,000 marijuana convictions dating back to 1961.

LA District Attorney Jackie Lacey to expunge 66,000 weed convictions

LA County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced that she’s moving to dismiss 66,000 marijuana convictions dating back to 1961.

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