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

Bobby McFerrin performs a rare concert with his son Taylor McFerrin

The McFerrins had never performed a full concert together until recently at the Valley Performing Arts Center, and then they treated the audience to a live interview.

Larry Klein: Working with Joni Mitchell led to a new path as a producer

After collaborating with Mitchell on several albums, Klein became a go-to producer for many artists. Now he's a Grammy nominee for pop music producer of the year.

Mavis Staples on her famous family, her new album, and her former suitor, Bob Dylan

Mavis Staples has been singing professionally since the 1950s, and at 76 she's still going strong with a new album and an HBO documentary on the way.

Sundance 2016: 'The Birth of a Nation' breaks festival record with $17.5 million sale

Fox Searchlight, which also distributed "12 Years a Slave," picked up the historical drama, which tells the story of Nat Turner's slave uprising of 1831.

How the Motion Picture Academy plans to move past #OscarsSoWhite

The Academy recently announced a plan to double its number of women and diverse members by 2020. But are those goals aggressive enough?

Sundance 2016: How it opens the door to more diversity in Hollywood

So far this year there's been discussion of the Oscars' diversity problem, some new security measures at screenings and lots of television.

John Cale of Velvet Underground fame re-imagines 'Music for a New Society'

The musician and producer was asked to perform his 1982 album in concert, which led to him revisiting and updating the original recording.

Drama over Netflix viewership reveals tension between networks and streaming services

The recent war of words between NBC and Netflix reflects how the biggest streaming service gets to play by its own rules — and why the networks are complaining.

'Bordertown' writer Lalo Alcaráz takes a comedic look at a serious subject

The creator of the comic strip "La Cucaracha" uses his border upbringing as a writer/producer on the new Fox animated series.

Remembering cinematographer and documentary filmmaker Haskell Wexler

Over the course of a long and illustrious career, Wexler won two Academy Awards for his camera work. He was also an acclaimed documentary filmmaker.

A club owner considers LA nightlife after the Paris attacks

Mitch Edelson, whose family owns several nightclubs in L.A., talks about how their venues will handle security in the wake of the terrorist episode at a concert venue in France.

In 'You’ve Heard These Hands,' pianist Don Randi chronicles his career with The Wrecking Crew

Randi has written a memoir about his time with the legendary L.A. studio band, working with everyone from Brian Wilson to Frank Zappa to James Brown.

An exhibition of Cuban art makes its way to LA

As the island nation forges a new relationship with the U.S., artists continue making work as they brace for change.

'Dust & Grooves': One-on-one with the world's most obsessive record collectors

Eilon Paz and Sheila Burgel, the book's creator and editor, talk about their love of vinyl and the lengths people will go for their most coveted record.

Playwright David Henry Hwang gives language lessons in 'Chinglish'

Hwang's comedy is a playful look at language and the power it holds, and it's based on real encounters he had while visiting China.