All of these photos were taken in prison.

At The Community Prisoner Mother Program in Pomona a select group of low level offenders can live with their young children until the child turns seven years old.

In 2011 and 2012, 233 inmates in California’s prison system gave birth while serving their sentences.

In most cases, the newborns went to live with relatives while the women were in prison, but some women had the opportunity to live with their children behind bars.

Learn more about the last prisoner-baby program in California and how the penal system handles these new mothers on KPCC’s Pregnant In Prison special coverage.


Today, we’re starting something new with our friends at KPCC in Los Angeles: A community storytelling project through @Instagram. We’re calling it Public Square.

Each month will have a theme and hashtag. We’ll ask you to share a glimpse of your life — but beyond that, to tell us stories.

First Assignment: Hard Work (#PShardwork)

Find someone with a thankless job and thank them. The person who makes your burger, checks your luggage, wires your street lights, edits your writing, engineers the car you drive. 

Take their portrait or capture them at work. Get all the info — name, age, story — put it all in the caption, and tag it #PSHardWork

How Public Square Differs:

We’re public media, and storytelling is in our DNA. For this project, we want more than just a photo. Your words are equally important.

Ground Rules:

Please tag only one photo with #PSHardWork on Instagram between now and Monday, August 19th 

Any image tagged before that date is eligible to be featured on Instagram, KPCC’s AudioVision and NPR’s Picture Show

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(photos by Sheldon Serkin/@shelserkin, Michael Baranovic/@mishobaranovic and John Poole/NPR/@johnwpoole)

Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan

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This 2012 four-CD collection contains music from Patty Smith, Rise Against, Pete Townshend, Diana Krall, My Morning Jacket, Sting, Lenny Kravitz, Jackson Browne, Sugarland, Joan Baez, Flogging Molly, Joe Perry, Bad Religion and many others. Two iconic forces that have impacted the past 50 years—the life-saving human rights activism of Nobel Peace Prize-winning Amnesty International and the incomparable artistry of Bob Dylan—are being saluted by musicians who contributed new or previously unreleased recordings.

That 81 seconds of videotape did more than studies and speeches and panels and conferences could ever have done. The LAPD is different. The city is different. And I asked him if he would rather not have been that man. And he said, no, because of what happened to him, big things happened, important things happened, that people would come up to him and say, I got a job because of you. I got justice because of you.
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Bristlecone pines are the oldest trees on earth. The oldest, Methuselah, has lived more than 4,800 years.

From their perch atop the White Mountains at California’s eastern edge, the bristlecones have survived as entire human civilizations have arisen and disappeared.

But there’s a new threat to the bristlecone’s existence, a globe-spanning emanation more menacing than anything they’ve faced in thousands of years.

Learn more on KPCC’s AudioVision.


What do the objects we keep say about us? Which things, if any, are the ones we wouldn’t want to live without?

In December, for our ongoing community “Public Square" photo project with KPCC, we asked you to photograph and share some of your favorite things — and tag them #PSMyFavoriteThings.

Surprisingly (or maybe not) there’s only one iPhone in the batch. (Thank you @phatkatblues for your honesty!) For the most part, you love your photos, family heirlooms, artifacts that jog the memory, and little things you’ve been gifted.

These Are A Few Of Your Favorite Things (In Photos)

Photo Credits: demonttl, erinleight, lsberke/all via Instagram

LISTEN HERE: Marketplace "The Ripple Effects of Unemployment"


Bureaucracy for Breakfast is featured in this in-depth Marketplace story about unemployment. If you’re in Southern California tune in at 8PM PST this Saturday or Sunday to 89.3 KPCC-FM and you can listen online HERE

The report explores some interesting aspects of what’s going on with our crazy economy. Here’s hoping things change!

The Barbarian Nurseries by Hector Tobar

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Araceli is a maid for a wealthy couple, Scott Torres and his wife, Maureen Thompson. After the couple fires their household staff, Araceli finds herself with new responsibilities, principally child care. These characters are at the heart of the new book, “The Barbarian Nurseries.”

Author Héctor Tobar is accustomed to writing nonfiction about the intricacies of life in Southern California as a columnist for the LA Times. His novel is really an allegory that maps class, race and immigration. Araceli’s story captures what it means to live in a divided Los Angeles.


For this month’s Public Square assignment, we asked you to share the story of your commute and challenged you to find beauty in the everyday. Many of you rose (or should we say rode!) to the occasion. Here are some of our favorites.

Stay tuned for our next assignment and follow us on Instagram @npr and @kpcc.

Planes, Trains And Gondolas: Your Commute In Photos

Photo Credits: @donilee, @anjalid and @katetyler


I know not all of my followers live in L.A., but those who do, I am compelled to inform you your radio dial has buried treasure, which you can find Mon-Thurs nights at 10 on 89.3 KPCC in the form of a little radio show called Q.  I loved this show for years in Canada and now they’re sharing its greatness with the States, so take advantage of it.

And if you don’t live in LA, or any of the other US cities who host this northern guest on their lineup, or in its home and native land, it’s available as a podcast, which I know all too well as I’ve just caught up on 21 hours of it.  But it was worth it.  It’s that good.

Cleopatra: A Life by Stacey Schiff

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Cleopatra is one of the most powerful women in history. She controlled the entire Eastern Mediterranean coast, the last great kingdom of any Egyptian ruler. But, a new book about Cleopatra dispels some of the most persistent myths about the queen.

She wasn’t beautiful, for one, and in her time Egyptian women had the kind of property rights that would have been enviable centuries later. Stacy Schiff is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of the new biography, Cleopatra: A Life. Schiff spoke with David Wright at the Skirball Center, as part of their ongoing readings and lectures series.

Earlier this month we launched our new Instagram project with KPCC called “Public Square”: We make the assignment, you take the photos! Our first theme was “Hard Work.” The task: Find someone with a thankless job, take a portrait and tag it #PSHardWork. Here are a few of our favorites — not only great photos but also interesting stories.

Look out for the next theme in September. And find us on Instagram. @NPR and @KPCC

Hard Work, Squared: Selections From Our First Instagram Assignment

Photo Credit: Marisha Camp and Gina Pollack