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.


it’s a masterpiece

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How delightful and these images by Hungarian photographer Zsolt Hlinka? Grand Budapest Hotel and Wes Anderson anyone? Fitting, since last night I attended KPCC’s Dinner Party Download Live with special guest Jason Schwartzman ;) The detailed symmetry of the architecture is SO satisfying! Happy Friday!

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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

Follow us! @npr + @kpcc

(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.

For our second installment of AudioVision we wanted to know: Is geography destiny?

Gallirock and Rozo Regal believe they have to make it out of Watts in South Central L.A. to find the success they crave. In their minds, music is the only way.

But the odds are against them. Who they are and where they come from might keep them stuck south of stars.

Find out more about the duo and listen to their music on KPCC’s AudioVision.

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!


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

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.


Only in Los Angeles can you walk down the street and suddenly find yourself in the middle of a movie set.

Suddenly, the sidewalk is lit by klieg lights, actors waiting patiently and production assistants scurry about.

Here in L.A., it can be hard to separate fact from fiction, and that’s the point of Mirko Martin’s series “L.A. Crash.”

See more photos from Martin’s series on KPCC’s AudioVision.

Mexican actress, immigrant icon known as ‘La India María’ dies

In this Feb. 21, 2013 photo, Maria Elena Velasco, better known as “La India Maria,” performs her most famous role which exaggerated stereotypes about Mexico’s indigenous people, in a debut presentation of a soap opera in Mexico City. The Mexican film … [Read More]

Susan Rosenberg w/ Jason Leopold at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum | Saturday, April 16, 5pm

KPCC, in partnership with Rare Bird Lit and the Program for Torture Victims, presents Susan Rosenberg in conversation with Jason Leopold.

An American Radical: A Political Prisoner In My Own Country - “On a November night in 1984, Susan Rosenberg sat in the passenger seat of a U-Haul as it swerved along the New Jersey turnpike. At the wheel was a fellow political activist. In the back were 740 pounds of dynamite and assorted guns.” 

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Rosenberg was convicted of possession of explosives and illicit weapons and sentenced to a 58-year prison term. Rosenberg served 16 of those years before she was pardoned by President Clinton in 2001.

Rosenberg received an M.A. in Writing from Antioch University while in prison, as well as taking graduate courses in creative and expository writing from the University of Iowa. She is an award-winning member of PEN (Poets, Essayists and Novelists) and for the last three years she has been on panels at the PEN World Voices Festival with globally recognized authors. 
Jason Leopold is the Deputy Managing Editor of

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Admission is FREE, but RSVPs are required.