Ari Saperstein

Assistant Producer

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Ari Saperstein is an Assistant Producer at KPCC. Ari produces and reports stories for Take Two, The Frame and LAist. Previously, Ari was a news apprentice for AirTalk and FilmWeek. He graduated from Pitzer College with a dual degree in Media Studies and Studio Art.

Outside of the office, Ari spends his free time exploring the great outdoors and making art. As an editorial illustrator, his work has appeared in the AARP Magazine, Gothamist and Longreads. An avid traveler, Ari has been to six continents – and dreams of making it to seven by going to Antarctica before it melts.

Stories by Ari Saperstein

Upland's Plane Problem: Why Small Aircrafts Are Accident-Prone

They say you’re more likely to be hit by lightning than be in a plane crash — but like every rule, there's an exception. We sent KPCC’s Ari Saperstein to the sleepy town of Upland, just outside of LA, to hear about a unique problem they face.

Neighborhood Unity One Chord At Time: Welcome To The Hermon Park Community Band

Every night in LA, there are countless concerts and open mics, where performers try to get even a few minutes of time in the limelight. For local musicians, it can be hard to find their place in such a crowded field. But one group in Northeast L.A. has made a space where people of all levels and experience can shine: the Hermon Park Community Band. KPCC's Ari Saperstein has their story.

LA’s Indigenous Community Looks At It’s Past, Present and Future

When it comes to LA’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration, "the feeling is one of deep pride," says Chrissie Castro, vice-chairperson of the Los Angeles City and County Native American Indian Commission.

A Show That Demands Close Listening

The TV series "This Close" tells the story of two deaf best friends. It returned for it's second season last week. We spoke with the creators of the show, Josh Feldman and Shoshannah Stern.

Kayaking In Hollywood: Dispatches From The LA River

Picture this: Water flowing down a stream, wildlife frolicking and 50 feet away, rush hour traffic piling up on the five. This is the L.A. River— 51 miles of water that cuts through nearly all of Los Angeles County, starting in Canoga Park and heading down to Long Beach.

Cut From The Same Cloth: How Directors’ Cuts Compare To Theatrically Released Edits

Just like in the story of Goldilocks, it took director Francis Ford Coppola three tries to find the edit of “Apocalypse Now” that was just right.

Trading Laughs For Gasps: Comedians Who’ve Shed Their Funny Personas For Dramatic Roles

In this week’s new film “The Farewell”, comedian Awkwafina steps away from her comic persona and plays a complex, three-dimensional character.

Shall I Compare Thee To A Feature Film? From ‘West Side Story’ to ‘Romeo + Juliet’, We Discuss The Most Iconic Shakespeare Film Adaptations

“To be, or not to be: that is the question” -- as posed by Lawrence Olivier, Kenneth Branagh and Ethan Hawke in various film adaptations of “Hamlet”.

From ‘Fight Club’ To ‘The Matrix’, 1999 Might Just Be The Best Movie Year Ever

What was the best year ever for film?

After The Box Office Failure Of ‘Dark Phoenix,’ We Look Back At Hollywood’s Biggest Flops

When “Dark Phoenix” opened last week, it defied expectations – by doing significantly worse than anyone had predicted.

NASA Allows Private Business To Use International Space Station

NASA announced Friday that it will open the International Space Station to private astronauts, with the first visit as early as next year.

Remembering D-Day And The Americans Who Fought In WWII

Today marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, with nations around the world reflecting on the bravery and sacrifice of Allied troops that stormed the beaches of Normandy on June 6th 1944.

SAT To Issue 'Adversity Score' To Students Based On Social And Economic Background

The College Board, the nonprofit group that oversees the SAT, announced it will administer an “adversity score” to each student who takes the SAT exam.

Hollywood Black and the Silver Screen: A history of African-American actors and filmmakers

Author Donald Bogle’s new book, Hollywood Black: The Stars, the Films, the Filmmakers, tells the history of African-Americans in cinema, both in front of the camera and behind it.

Has your view of USC changed in light of its recent scandals?

It’s been nearly two years since the Los Angeles Times revealed the drug-fueled secret life of USC’s former medical school dean, but scandals involving the elite private university only continue to surface.