Gustavo Arellano

Gustavo Arellano

Guest/Host, Orange County Line

Gustavo Arellano is the former editor of OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County, California, author of Orange County: A Personal History and Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, and a lecturer with the Chicana and Chicano Studies department at California State University, Fullerton.

He writes ¡Ask a Mexican!, a nationally syndicated column in which he answers any and all questions about America's spiciest and largest minority. The column has a weekly circulation of over two million in 39 newspapers across the United States, won the 2006 and 2008 Association of Alternative Weeklies award for Best Column, and was published in book form by Scribner Press in May 2007.

Arellano has been the subject of press coverage in national and international newspapers, The Today Show, Hannity, Nightline, Good Morning America and The Colbert Report, and his commentaries regularly appear on Marketplace and the Los Angeles Times.

Gustavo is the recipient of the Los Angeles Press Club's 2007 President's Award and an Impacto Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and was recognized by the California Latino Legislative Caucus with a 2008 Spirit Award for his "exceptional vision, creativity, and work ethic."

Gustavo is a lifelong resident of Orange County and is the proud son of two Mexican immigrants, one whom was illegal.

Gustavo Arellano on KCRW

When the Spanish built Mission San Juan Capistrano in 1776, they booted the local native tribe from its village on a piece of land that is now called the Northwest Open Space.

The push for a tribal park in San Juan Capistrano

When the Spanish built Mission San Juan Capistrano in 1776, they booted the local native tribe from its village on a piece of land that is now called the Northwest Open Space.

from Greater LA

Westminster City Council set a record by having the nation’s first Vietnamese American majority. Four out of five members are Vietnamese American.

OC Line: All Westminster city council members may be up for recall

Westminster City Council set a record by having the nation’s first Vietnamese American majority. Four out of five members are Vietnamese American.

from Greater LA

The competition was fierce.    Taco Maria    and    Kernel of Truth    returned in the corn category, their tortillas even better than last year.

Taco Maria wins the Golden Tortilla in KCRW & Gustavo’s Great Tortilla Tournament

The competition was fierce. Taco Maria and Kernel of Truth returned in the corn category, their tortillas even better than last year.

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Jet aircraft, carrier task forces and tanks consume vast amounts of fossil fuel--while emitting vast amounts of greenhouse gases. The Pentagon’s carbon footprint is bigger than those of many entire nations. Now, it’s caught in the middle. It’s a massive contributor to climate change, which is threatening its mission worldwide. Seaports and airstrips are being flooded or burned out, and restoring operations costs many millions of dollars. Meantime, environmental damage is leading to instability and the prospect of international violence. Water shortages have increased tensions in the Middle East and caused new hostilities between India and Pakistan, two nuclear powers. Russia and China are taking advantage of changing conditions. Will politicians who scorn environmentalists and mistrust climate scientists listen to the warnings of military leaders?

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The Amazon rainforests are burning—what do burgers have to do with it? Meanwhile, the Tortilla Tournament narrows down to eight contenders.

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“We can’t recycle our way out of this crisis.” That’s according to California’s Democratic State Senator Ben Allen-- just one of many politicians around the country proposing to ban all straws, bags and other single-use plastics. At the overwhelmed Recycling Center in Burbank, California, Kreigh Hample says, “Our packaging has gone up exponentially in just the last few decades… it’s a sad story in the way we eat, the way we dispose of things and the way that we’re living.” A throwaway culture may be convenient, but the costs include cleaning it up with taxpayer money--not to mention worldwide pollution. China now requires recycled products so pure that the bottom’s gone out of the market, but the plastics industry is bigger than ever. Former EPA official Judith Judith Enck says half the world’s plastics have been produced in the past 13 years. One new process has developed from coal fracking, and development is being encouraged by President Trump with support from the fossil fuel industry. But just 9% of the plastic produced is getting recycled. Some goes to landfills, but the rest turns into worldwide pollution. Images of plastic waste floating by the acre in the Pacific Ocean are all too familiar; microplastics are turning up from the depths of the seas to the remotest parts of the Arctic. In Texas and other states, it’s illegal to ban plastic products. But, in Sacramento, Allen says it’s time to hold the plastics industry accountable. California is big enough to influence the nation’s economy, so his efforts are being scrutinized by politicians and advocates around the country.

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Ninety years ago this August, 20 women pilots flew from Santa Monica to Ohio in nine days. It was the first all women's national air race.

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After a month of pitting corn and flour tortilla makers from Oxnard to Indio to San Juan Capistrano, the second edition of my KCRW #TortillaTournament has reached the…

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Broadway Federal Bank was founded more than 70 years ago to serve LA's African-American community. It currently stands as the only black-owned bank headquartered in the Western U.S.

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KCRW speaks with members of LA's Jewish community, plus Israeli and Palestinian expats about Tuesday's Israeli election.

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Filipino American History Month is coming up, so we’re revisiting our special on Filipino food from earlier this year, when Evan and friends embarked on a food crawl of Northeast LA.

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A dispatch from the Iowa State Fair, where presidential candidates stuffed their faces with assorted foods on a stick.

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