James Kim

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James Kim is a podcast producer at KPCC. He’s worked on other podcasts including Radiotopia’s “Strangers” and the audio fiction show “Deadly Manners” starring Kristen Bell, RuPaul and LeVar Burton. James has also created his own podcasts including Marfa Public Radio’s “There’s Something Out There” and “The Hiss.” His most recent podcast, “The Competition,” was featured on NPR, WNYC, CBC and APM. James has previously worked as a producer for “The Dinner Party Download,” “Marketplace,” and KPCC’s “The Frame.”

Stories by James Kim

Mark Mothersbaugh: From Devo to becoming Wes Anderson's composer

The new wave music icon talks about how he got his start in scoring for television, working with a variety of directors, and how important score actually is to TV and film.

'Truth' director James Vanderbilt approached the film as a journalist

"Truth" follows the controversial report that got CBS news anchor Dan Rather and "60 Minutes" producer Mary Mapes fired. The director talks about his approach to the screenplay, which is based on Mapes' memoir.

'Sicario' composer used a 32-foot pipe organ to amp up the film's suspense

The Frame’s John horn spoke with composer Jóhann Jóhannsson about how he used music to amp up the stakes in the new drug war film, “Sicario.”

Colin Hanks' documentary tells the story of the iconic Tower Records

The actor makes his directorial debut with "All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records."

Cary Fukunaga had a beast of a time shooting 'Beasts of No Nation'

The director spent nine years getting the film made, and coping with malaria, injuries on set and extreme weather couldn't stop him from finishing it.

Kurt Vile wants the music to speak for itself on his new album of chilled-out folk

The singer-songwriter, who just released his sixth studio album, talks about his love for the banjo and why he wants the music to speak for itself.

Jeff Russo tried to avoid scoring "Fargo" like a TV show

Composer Jeff Russo says, "Television turns away from music because they use music as a crutch" due to time and budget, but with "Fargo," they tried to make it cinematic.

Garbage's Shirley Manson still loves touring after 20 years

The Scottish band's lead singer has been touring with the band for two decades and says she's enjoyed every single moment on the road.

Youth Lagoon: Trevor Powers uses music to cope with his tragic past

Youth Lagoon's new album "Savage Hills Ballroom" deals with the deaths of a family member and a close friend, but Trevor Powers uses the music to search for answers.

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.

The Budos Band keeps sane by having full-time jobs

When they're not touring the world and playing music, saxophonist Jared Tankel is a music attorney and drummer Brian Profilio is a high school art teacher.

Toronto Film Festival: 'Spotlight' and 'Room' pull ahead in the Oscar race

The Toronto festival marks the unofficial start of Oscar season. Kyle Buchanan, a senior editor at vulture.com, talks about which films are getting buzz —good and bad.

Director Denis Villeneuve's dark vision from 'Sicario' to 'Blade Runner'

Director Denis Villeneuve talks about how he created the intense atmosphere in "Sicario" and why he's attracted to making dark films.

Whitey Bulger, Johnny Depp and the benefits of being an actor turned director

Director Scott Cooper and actor Joel Edgerton talk about the benefits of being both actors and directors and the pleasures of working with Johnny Depp on "Black Mass"