Los Angeles-Area Events to Feature Iconic Public Radio Hosts From Shows Including “AirTalk”, “This American Life”, “Radiolab”, “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”, “Science Friday”, “Marketplace™”, “On The Media”, and “Snap Judgment”

Alan Cumming And Ari Shapiro’s “Och And Oy! A Considered Cabaret” to Make Regional Debut on September 25 with Two Shows at The Broad Stage; “Snap Judgment” Debuts Live Version of “Spooked,” Supernatural Stories Performed on Stage...With a Beat

Pasadena, Calif. January 16, 2019 — Southern California Public Radio’s flagship station, KPCC, has today announced Public Radio Palooza, a year-long Los Angeles event series dedicated to celebrating the power of public radio as a source of entertainment and impartial community-based reporting. Throughout 2020, KPCC will present live shows featuring the crème de la crème of public radio, including Ira Glass, Jad Abumrad, Peter Sagal, Brooke Gladstone, Kai Ryssdal and more. Public Radio Palooza will also host the exclusive Los Angeles premiere of “Och And Oy! A Considered Cabaret,” an evening of stories and song with Tony Award-winning and Emmy Award-nominated actor Alan Cumming and NPR’s Ari Shapiro.

“Public media plays an important role in serving the community, not only with reporting on the most important issues of the day, but also with programming that entertains. As we enter this new decade and a year during which this service will play a pivotal role in keeping listeners informed, Public Radio Palooza is our toast to all of the things that make this medium special and our loyal listeners that have helped build KPCC into a Southern California institution,” said Herb Scannell, CEO, Southern California Public Radio. “It’s fitting that we kick off the festivities with our very own Larry Mantle, whose show ‘AirTalk’ holds the title for longest-running daily talk program on air in Los Angeles and has been a flagship of KPCC’s schedule for several decades.”

The initial event line-up for KPCC’s Public Radio Palooza can be found below; additional events will be announced throughout the year. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit


AirTalk’s FilmWeek: 2020 Oscar Preview
February 2, 2020, at the Theatre at Ace Hotel

Who will take home a statue at the 92nd Academy Awards? Join AirTalk host Larry Mantle and the FilmWeek critics for the 18th annual Oscar preview event as they debate and discuss this year’s Oscar contenders -- just one week ahead of the Academy Awards ceremony. Tickets on sale now.

Peter Sagal LIVE: An Evening With The Host Of “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”
April 17, 2020, at The Soraya

What do Elvis Costello, Martha Stewart, and Salman Rushdie have in common? They’ve all been interviewed by the incomparable Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s popular weekly hour-long quiz program, “Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me!” and one of the nation’s premier radio humorists and commentators on current events. Join Sagal as he looks back on his career and shares what he’s learned about the art of joke telling along with why humor is the best way to get a reaction from a crowd. Presented in partnership with The Soraya. Tickets go on sale January 17, 2020.

“Science Friday” LIVE With Ira Flatow
May 30, 2020, at Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium

Start with science and the pursuit of a greater understanding. Add in some theatrical elements and you’ve got a recipe for fan-favorite national radio show, “Science Friday.” Join host Ira Flatow and the rest of the SciFri crew as they explore the amazing scientific news and stories happening right here in Southern California. Presented in partnership with CaltechLive! Tickets go on sale January 20, 2020.

Brooke Gladstone LIVE: An Evening With The Cohost And Managing Editor Of “On The Media”
June 17, 2020, at KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum

See in person why 1 million radio and podcast listeners trust “On The Media” every week to tackle the toughest issues in journalism with transparency and frankness. As a recipient of the Peabody Award and the only back-to-back winner of the Bart Richards award for media criticism, “On The Media” offers insight in a time we need it more than ever. Tickets go on sale March 2020.

“Marketplace” with Kai Ryssdal LIVE
July 8, 2020, at the Skirball Cultural Center

New platforms and viewership habits are changing how we interact with screens and content, giving rise to a new economic and social framework. Join “Marketplace” host Kai Ryssdal for an on stage conversation about this shift in entertainment with special guests at the center of creativity and influence. On “Marketplace,” Ryssdal unpacks important economic news for an audience of more than 7 million listeners every weekday with his signature explanatory style—come listen live. Tickets go on sale March 2020.

Alan Cumming And Ari Shapiro: “Och And Oy! A Considered Cabaret”
September 25 and 26, at The Broad Stage

Join Tony Award-winning and Emmy Award-nominated actor Alan Cumming and NPR’s “All Things Considered” cohost Ari Shapiro as they transport you through an evening of stories and song. Witness the exclusive regional debut of “Och & Oy! A Considered Cabaret” with musical direction by Henry Koperski. Presented in partnership with The Broad Stage. Tickets go on sale June 2020.

“Spooked” LIVE By “Snap Judgment”
October 23, 2020, at the Theatre at Ace Hotel

“Snap Judgment” is known for “storytelling...with a beat.” Just in time for Halloween, they’ll debut the live version of their series “Spooked” in Los Angeles. Come in costume for a night of true-life supernatural stories from people who can barely believe it happened themselves. Question your own map of reality and be afraid…of missing this event. Presented in partnership with “Snap Judgment.” Tickets go on sale July 2020.

Ira Glass And Jad Abumrad: LIVE With The Hosts Of “This American Life” and “Radiolab”
December 5, 2020 at the Theatre at Ace Hotel

Cap off KPCC’s yearlong Public Radio Palooza celebration with a special evening that features the hosts of two of public radio’s most iconic shows. Join prolific audio storytellers Jad Abumrad of “Radiolab” and Ira Glass of “This American Life” as they take you on a journey of insight, investigation, and humanity in a way that only they can. Tickets go on sale August 2020.

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