Joe Mathews

Host, "Zocalo's Connecting California"

Guest

KCRW contributor and Connecting California editor at Zócalo Public Square; co-president of the Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy;  Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation; author of The People’s Machine: Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Rise of Blockbuster Democracy and California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It; former contributor to the Washington Post and writer of its Class Struggle blog; former contributor to NBC's Prop Zero blog 

Joe Mathews on KCRW

Billions of dollars and good intentions have not been enough to solve California’s homelessness crisis. But some communities are faring better than others.

Lake Tahoe and Lake Elsinore: rare success stories in helping unhoused residents

Billions of dollars and good intentions have not been enough to solve California’s homelessness crisis. But some communities are faring better than others.

from Zócalo's Connecting California

Among a certain set, Joan Didion stands as California’s purest homegrown literary voice. But Didion left the state long ago and her most seminal works are decades old.

“Didion reminds me of when I’m really dark and the way that I think about the world.”

Among a certain set, Joan Didion stands as California’s purest homegrown literary voice. But Didion left the state long ago and her most seminal works are decades old.

from Zócalo's Connecting California

Cleaner, cheaper and more reliable. That’s what the town of Gonzales is hoping for energy-wise as it sets out to build the state’s first municipal microgrid.

Joe Mathews: A small farm community leads the way on energy independence

Cleaner, cheaper and more reliable. That’s what the town of Gonzales is hoping for energy-wise as it sets out to build the state’s first municipal microgrid.

from Zócalo's Connecting California

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