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

'Youth' composer David Lang was tasked to make people cry with his score

"Youth" is the first film score for the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, and it's garnered him an Oscar nomination for best original song.

Alicia Vikander planned on law school before acting took off

The native of Sweden appeared in six films in 2015 and one of them, "The Danish Girl," has landed her an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress.

Central Casting celebrates 90 years of placing background actors

Jennifer Bender, executive vice president of the agency, talks about the company's long history and what it takes to be an extra.

Breaking down the lineup for the 2016 Coachella music festival

LCD Soundsystem, Guns N' Roses and Calvin Harris headline this year's Coachella event, along with Sufjan Stevens, Beach House, Grimes and more.

'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.

Charlie Kaufman never intended 'Anomalisa' to be a movie

The acclaimed screenwriter is the co-director of the stop-motion animated film, which started out as a play meant to be read without staging.

James Taylor reflects on his life and career, and his love for performing live

The legendary singer-songwriter talks about how his music affects him, growing older, and — 32 years after going sober — his continuing road to recovery.

'The Hateful Eight': The story behind the film's location

John Minor was the location scout for Quentin Tarantino's western, which was shot on a ranch outside Telluride, Colorado.

'45 Years': Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay reflect on their past

The veteran actors talk about what drew them to this film, how roles with such depth hardly come for actors their age, and their close relationship both on- and off-screen.

Eric Alexandrakis enticed John Malkovich into making the bizarre album, 'Like a Puppet Show'

The composer/producer had the actor read Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" and then had musicians, including Yoko Ono, provide the soundtrack.

Roy Orbison's son revives his father's long lost album, 'One of the Lonely Ones'

The 1969 recording was never released. Alex Orbison talks about his connection to the album and how he helped bring it back to life.

Scott Fagan and the story behind his lost album, 'South Atlantic Blues'

Released in 1968, the album was relegated to cut-out bins for decades, but it became a cult classic and has now been reissued.

Actor-fighter Daniel Wu was pressed into action for 'Into the Badlands'

The actor and martial arts expert was originally just the fight coach for the series, but he turned out to have the best skill-set to pull off the role.

Alan Yang writes his own life into 'Master of None'

In a perfect case of art-imitating-life, Yang and his co-creator, Aziz Ansari, call on their own experiences for the show's storylines.

For singer/songwriter Empress Of, mother knows best

Lorely Rodriguez — who uses the stage name, Empress Of — got a lot of support from her mom, so she thanked her with a Spanish cover from her acclaimed debut album.