Mike Roe Digital News Producer/Blogger

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Mike Roe is a Web producer for Southern California Public Radio and lead writer for pop culture blog Without A Net. Mike joined KPCC in November 2007 after working for KCTS public television in Seattle.

Roe began his broadcast career at his high school radio station KMIH in Mercer Island, Washington, where he served as president and program director. From there he moved on to college and community radio, and interned in commercial radio.

He earned a BA in history from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.

When he's not covering the waterfront for KPCC, Mike writes and performs with several improv and sketch comedy groups. He's graduated from both the improv and sketch comedy programs at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. He also hosts the Geek Pilgrims podcast and serves on the board of his church.

Stories by Mike Roe

LA Phil's Dudamel on reaching younger, less affluent audiences

The artistic director of the L.A. Philharmonic talked with us about why he chose to stay in L.A. over New York or Berlin, and how classical can reach younger, less white, less rich audiences.

Paul Feig on directing and writing for funny women

Feig tells us how he makes movies like "Bridesmaids," the new "Spy" and the upcoming all-female "Ghostbusters," how he got into and out of movie directing jail and shares his creative process.

Is 'Aloha' as bad as the critics say? Watch the first 8 minutes here

"Aloha" has been hammered by critics — it's at 14 percent positive on Rotten Tomatoes. Now, they're giving away the movie's first eight minutes online to try luring in fans.

'Satchmo at the Waldorf': Why Miles Davis was wrong about Louis Armstrong

One-man show "Satchmo at the Waldorf" stars John Douglas Thomas as jazz great Louis Armstrong, reflecting on his career months before he died in 1971.

Philip Glass explains how he scores films and continues creating at 78

"Creativity is anytime we take the world and, with our own hands, we make a change in it," Glass says. He continues to work hard, as always — he had day jobs until he was 42.

How Hollywood can change to give women greater opportunity

In part one of our conversation with women filmmakers we discussed specific instances of gender bias the women faced. Now we talk possible solutions.

Top women filmmakers reveal stories of gender bias in Hollywood

While the women-directed "Pitch Perfect 2" and "Fifty Shades of Grey" are hits, we talk with the women behind movies like "Twilight" and "Crash" about facing bias even after success.

When Letterman unknowingly told Nic Cage to 'stop being such a woman'

We’re sending Dave off with smaller moments that made his show so special, from a stand-up who got bumped to a letter that shouldn't have gone to Nic Cage.

Creating all-female Avengers 'A-Force' and Muslim hero Ms. Marvel

G. Willow Wilson is a Muslim woman who's also writing top books at Marvel Comics, creating both their first lead Muslim superhero and writing the new all-female Avengers, A-Force.

'Mad Max: Fury Road': How 15 years of design made 'the last real action film'

"We wanted to make it the last real action film, and to do the stunts as real as possible. And so we designed all of that into the vehicles as we went."

Andrew Niccol's 'Good Kill' looks at the lives of drone operators

"It used to be, when we would go to war with a country, we'd actually go to the country," writer and director Andrew Niccol says. "That doesn't happen anymore.

Robert Cray remembers B.B. King — and how he upstaged Eric Clapton

B.B. King has passed away at 89 years old. Robert Cray, who played with him, explains what he did to make Eric Clapton ask, "What are we going to do now, Robert?"

David Letterman farewells from Jon Stewart and Tom Waits

Jon Stewart thanked Letterman for telling him "Do not confuse cancelation with failure," while Tom Waits dedicated a new song to Dave: "Take One Last Look." Watch both here.

'Mad Men': Matthew Weiner talks the show's legacy and his sense of loss

"It's up to me to maintain those relationships, and we can see each other, but we'll never be forced to go to work together every day like that, and that was amazing."

What do Ned Flanders and Mr. Burns think of Harry Shearer leaving 'The Simpsons'?

After 26 seasons of voicing dozens of characters on “The Simpsons,” Harry Shearer is leaving the show.