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

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.

Charlton Heston's secret love: the artwork of Andrew Wyeth

Holly Heston, daughter of the actor and NRA president, explains how her father's childhood in a small Michigan town allowed him to identify with Wyeth's work

Geoff Sobelle wants you to go through his stuff for the sake of theater

The performer's show, "The Object Lesson," examines the emotions, stories and value we attribute to the items we carry around with us every day or keep hidden away.

Peaches: From her folk music past to becoming an eclectic artist

While Merrill Nisker a.k.a. Peaches hasn't released an album in several years, she's been keeping busy with making a film, a photo book and performing musicals

Margaret Cho is more reserved than you think

While it seems like the comedian is an open book on stage, she's very calculated in what she reveals about herself — and uses that to her advantage.

Louie Pérez and Los Lobos: Still howlin' after all these years

The band's guitarist talks about their new album, "Gates of Gold," and how the process of writing songs with David Hidalgo has evolved over the years.

Ta-Nehisi Coates to write Black Panther, but mainstream comic books still struggle with diversity

The prominent author and black intellectual will write for Marvel, but critic J.A. Micheline says the world of mainstream comics still has a long way to go.

National Geographic CEO: Fox deal won't affect our programming

Amidst concerns that new majority owner Fox might tamper with the programming, Gary Knell of the National Geographic Society promises continued coverage of climate change and hard science.

The Frame goes to Telluride — for all of us

Host John Horn & our Frame crew have brought listeners great interviews and insights from Telluride, a small festival with big impact in the film world.

From Fox to Netflix: GLAAD ranks the most LGBT-friendly TV and streaming networks

Matt Kane of the LA-based media advocacy group talks about the state of LGBT-inclusive TV today, plus why GLAAD is shifting its focus to the quality of LGBT depictions on television.

After teen deaths, LA County moves to restrict EDM festivals

County Supervisor Solis talks about the things that went wrong at HARD Summer Festival that led to the deaths of two festival goers, plus how the County Board is trying to make EDM festivals safer.