Oscar Garza

Senior Producer, The Frame

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Oscar Garza is Senior Producer of KPCC's daily arts and entertainment program, The Frame.

Oscar was formerly a News Editor at KPCC and senior editor at Los Angeles Public Media, which was founded to develop younger and more diverse audiences for public radio. He was previously senior editor/content at the Los Angeles Daily News, and editor-in-chief of "Tu Ciudad," an English-language magazine about Latino life and culture in Southern California.

Garza held several senior editor positions at the "Los Angeles Times," including Deputy Editor of the Sunday Magazine, Editor of the Daily Calendar section, and Arts Editor. Prior to that he was Arts Editor and a columnist at the "San Antonio Light" in his Texas hometown, and a producer at PBS stations in San Antonio and Sacramento.

Garza’s R&B fable, “Land of 1000 Dances,” was published in 2005 in the journal "Popular Music," by Cambridge University Press. He was also a co-writer of “By the Hand of the Father,” a theater production that toured throughout the U.S.

Garza is an occasional host for the Zócalo lecture series in Los Angeles, where he has conducted public interviews with Luis Valdez, Cheech Marin, Culture Clash, writer Larry Wilmore of “The Daily Show,” music producer Hal Willner, film director Carl Franklin, and musician Ceci Bastida.

Stories by Oscar Garza

Diane Rodriguez's new play explores labor politics and personal sacrifice

The playwright/director has a lengthy personal connection to the United Farm Workers and El Teatro Campesino, and those connections proved vital to her new play, "The Sweetheart Deal."

How playwright Dan O'Brien turned decades of family turmoil into his newest work

The writer underwent an emotional journey to reconcile with his family, some of whom he hadn't spoken to in 30 years, and that journey became his new play

Cheech Marin and Frank Romero walk through the artist's show at MOLAA

The retrospective of Romero's work at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach includes several works by Marin, who is a prominent collector.

Second City's 'Unelectable You' brings audiences together through laughter

The famed comedy troupe teamed up with Slate for a 25-city election year tour that ended last weekend in Riverside.

LA-based songwriter Gaby Moreno is Guatemala’s little secret

Singer Gaby Moreno may not be a household name in the U.S. but she’s something of a ‘rock star’ in Guatemala, the country of her birth.

Devendra Banhart uses LA as inspiration for his latest album

The singer-songwriter's "Ape in Pink Marble" is steeped in the city’s ambience and the Fantasyland that is Hollywood.

'A Nation Engaged': How is America's cultural role changing around the world?

As part of an NPR project, we look at how Hollywood's exports are evolving as the industry increasingly caters to foreign audiences.

A sneak preview of the Telluride Film Festival

Movie festival season is arriving in full force. Before he got on a plane for Colorado, The Frame host John Horn previewed some of the biggest draws at Telluride.

Frank Ocean heats up the battle between Apple and Spotify

When the R&B singer released his new album exclusively on Apple Music, he re-ignited the fight between two of the big players in the music streaming world.

How cord cutting is wreaking havoc on big events like the Olympics, VMAs

From April to June of this year, more than 800,000 subscribers canceled their traditional TV plans, and that's changing the way advertisers and networks approach their biggest events.

The documentary 'Equal Means Equal' explores gender inequality in America

Filmmaker Kamala Lopez spent seven years working on the film, which examines the various consequences of the U.S. Constitution's omission of explicit rights for women.

Herbie Hancock and the importance of reinventing himself

The jazz pianist has performed and worked with Miles Davis, Paul Simon and Christina Aguilera, and now with genre-busting musician and producer Flying Lotus.

Court rules that artworks once possessed by Nazis can stay at Norton Simon Museum

A Dutch-Jewish art dealer was coerced into selling a 16th Century diptych of Adam and Eve to Nazi officials. After WWII, the paintings ended up in the possession of a Russian aristocrat who sold them to Norton Simon in 1971.

Donald Trump failed to make conventions great again

Despite the drama of a political novice accepting his party's nomination, the ratings for Trump's closing speech were just slightly higher than Mitt Romney’s in 2012.

'Blue House': A musical that embraces Frida Kahlo's 'female power'

The singer/songwriter Perla Batalla and playwright Oliver Mayer believe there is more to say about the iconic Mexican artist, who died in 1954 at the age of 47.