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

Surprisingly Great: Fast Five - No, really

I'm not a movie snob. I'll go see a wacky comedy or the big new superhero action flick. However, this weekend I encountered something that befuddled my expectations: Fast Five.

New Music: Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' & David Bazan's 'Strange Negotiations'

On this morning's Madeleine Brand Show, NPR music critic Ann Powers talked about new albums from Lady Gaga and David Bazan.

Gay marriage play series includes 'On Facebook'

The idea for Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright's short play "On Facebook" came from reading conversations about gay marriage on the world's most popular social network. His piece is part of a group of short works, “Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays.”

Remembering Randy 'Macho Man' Savage after his death following a heart attack and car wreck

Randy "Macho Man" Savage died Friday morning after suffering a heart attack while driving and crashing his car. As KPCC's resident pro wrestling fan, here are some of my thoughts.

Existential quote from freshman Republican on how much power representatives actually have

When someone gets elected to Congress, how much power do they actually have? Not much, according to Tea Party-supported Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold.

Why did Obama reveal his birth certificate? One potential reason: Merchandise

Speculation has been running rampant about why President Barack Obama waited to reveal his long-form birth certificate that so-called "birthers" had been demanding for years, days before Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden.

4 rainforest protesters arrested after handcuffing themselves to Burbank Disney Studios entrance sign

Four people were arrested after protesting outside Burbank's Disney Studios, raising a banner reading "Disney: Destroying Indonesia's Rainforests."

California bills take aim at paid signature-gatherers

Decades ago, it seemed like a good idea — letting Californians decide on issues from taxes to the legality of same-sex marriage through ballot initiatives. Now, critics say that progressive approach to governance has morphed into an industry that caters to special interests with money to spend. Two state Senate bills are taking aim at the process. One would require signature-gatherers to wear badges that indicate whether they’re paid or volunteers. The other would allow issue campaigns to pay them by the hour. But not per signature. Both measures passed the state Senate this week. State Senator Mark DeSaulnier of Concord explains what his bill's goal is.

Obama's latest accomplishment: Getting a girl a meeting with Justin Bieber

New York magazine's Daily Intel ran a story last week about how President Obama had just made a promise that he couldn't keep: getting a 14-year-old girl whose father was killed in the attack on the World Trade Center the chance to meet pop megastar Justin Bieber.

New thing that's bad for you: Sitting

This infographic, "Sitting Is Killing You: The Truth About Sitting Down," has been going around the Internet all day. It makes use of visuals that look like what little kids see in the dark to emphasize the negative health effects of sitting.

Pomplamoose covers the Angry Birds theme song

We've extolled the virtues of Pomplamoose before, the quirky male/female pair who put out music videos of their work that show how each sound in that song was produced.

Northrop Grumman unveils new Firebird spy plane

Northrop Grumman is test-flying a new spy plane over the Mojave desert. The Firebird can be flown with or without a pilot. Rick Crooks, Northrop’s director of advanced projects, led the development team and describes the plane - and its future.

Johnny Depp agrees with you that the Pirates of the Caribbean movies don't make any sense

In a cover story interview with Entertainment Weekly, Johnny Depp says that even he found the movies a bit confusing.

Operation that took out bin Laden 'unprecedented in recent times'

Colonel Joe Felter spoke about what went into the operation that took out Osama bin Laden.

Pakistanis question how much their government knew about bin Laden raid

The United States remains "deeply unpopular" in Pakistan, according to Cyril Almeida, a columnist/editor at Dawn, a Pakistani newspaper. Local Pakistani television, says Almeida, was questioning whether the Pakistani military knew about the attack on bin Laden's compound ahead of time, and if they knew why they didn't do anything to stop it.