Darby Maloney

Arts & Entertainment Editor, The Frame

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Darby C. Maloney is the Arts & Entertainment Editor for Southern California Public Radio. She works on KPCC's daily arts and entertainment program, The Frame.

Prior to joining KPCC, Darby covered the entertainment industry as producer of KCRW’s "The Business" and the "Hollywood Breakdown." While at KCRW, she launched "The Spin-off," a monthly podcast about television, contributed to other culture shows such as "Unfictional," and her work on "The Business" earned numerous awards including two Gracies, a Golden Mike, and a National Entertainment Journalism Award.

In 2006-2007 she was a contributing producer to the "This American Life" television series on Showtime. In the episode "Growth Spurt," she produced the story "Lights, Camera, Traction" about a group of people at the Burbank Senior Artists Colony who made a short film and in the process discovered what it means to be young. From 2008-2010 she helped launch and produce the web-series "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers" with NOVA and WGBH. The series was nominated for a Webby and won a Streamy in that time.

Prior to her career in producing, Darby was a psychotherapist who was trained in psychoanalysis. She has a BA in English from Northwestern University and a Masters in Social Work from Boston University.

Stories by Darby Maloney

'The Trade' examines the heroin epidemic from the inside out

After "Cartel Land," Matthew Heineman returns with a series that provides an intimate look at both the micro and macro devastation of the heroin epidemic.

The cinematographer behind 'Black Panther' and 'Mudbound'

One of the few female cinematographers in the business shot both the acclaimed period film and the upcoming, big budget superhero movie.

Ed Moses says he doesn't make 'art' — he makes 'magic' (UPDATED)

Ed Moses hates the words "make" and "create" and "art." As far as he's concerned he's a "shaman" who engages in "magic."

Laurie Metcalf talks 'Lady Bird' and the empowering effect of strong women roles

The acclaimed actress discusses her role in Greta Gerwig's coming-of-age film, and her Tony Award-winning performance in “A Doll’s House, Part 2."

Psych-folk icon Linda Perhacs reflects on her unconventional music journey

Through her music and her work as a dental hygienist, Linda Perhacs sees herself as a healer. Now, over 40 years after an unlikely break into the music business, she's back.

Ava DuVernay: It's time for the 'righting of a wrong' in Hollywood

The filmmaker says progress towards equality and inclusion has been slow — but now is the time for "taking."

Questlove's song for 'Detroit' slowly rises to a 'justifiable anger'

With "It Ain't Fair", Questlove's song for "Detroit", he was determined to bring the emotion of the 1967 tragedy into 2017.

'Wormwood': Errol Morris' new documentary takes a new approach

The filmmaker uses reenactments, home movies and elements of a narrative film that explores the mysterious 1953 death of a U.S. government biochemist.

Sexual harassment on set is ‘the status quo,’ says Zoe Kazan

The actress and writer, who starred this year in "The Big Sick," weighs in on Hollywood's long history of exploiting women and what to do about it.

Why 'The Dana Carvey Show' failed despite its brilliance

Dana Carvey's 1996 sketch comedy show with Robert Smigel, Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell failed to capture an audience on ABC. Was it ahead of its time?

How Sam Rockwell prepared to play George W. Bush and a racist cop

Sam Rockwell finds catharsis in acting but is quick not to mistake it for therapy. He opens up about how he approaches playing racists and rednecks, like in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," and real life people like George W. Bush and Chuck Barris.

Richard Linklater: 'I don't think we've gotten over Vietnam'

The filmmaker discusses working with Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne on "Last Flag Flying," and recent controversies about patriotism.

Judd Apatow says Hollywood could shut down sexual predators — here’s how

The filmmaker says the culture of Hollywood enables bad behavior, which allows offenders to remain in positions of influence and power.

Lizzo wants to 'make the world a little bit better' with her music

The singer-songwriter talks about performing pro-women, body-confident empowerment music, while dressed in a stylish leotard, no less.

Griffin Dunne gets personal for his Joan Didion documentary

Being the author's nephew helped him secure her cooperation — but it also presented challenges on "Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold."