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 

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A college student from the tiny town of Gonzalez is California’s most unlikely philanthropist.

A cure for the ‘Varsity Blues’

A college student from the tiny town of Gonzalez is California’s most unlikely philanthropist.

from Zócalo's Connecting California

Beachy, laidback, charming and frightening. Santa Cruz is the scariest place in California.

The scariest place in the state

Beachy, laidback, charming and frightening. Santa Cruz is the scariest place in California.

from Zócalo's Connecting California

It doesn’t matter if you don’t stand at the center of the world, as long as you can convince people that you do.

In the middle of somewhere

It doesn’t matter if you don’t stand at the center of the world, as long as you can convince people that you do.

from Zócalo's Connecting California

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