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

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.

What to expect from the 2015 Telluride Film Festival

The Frame's host John Horn is in Colorado for the influential Telluride Film Festival and provides a preview of what to expect for 2015.

A college freshman's introduction to Springsteen's 'Born to Run' and the American Dream

It's been 40 years since Bruce Springsteen released his landmark album that opened the ears and mind of The Frame's senior producer.

Fighting, reuniting and 'Psychocandy': The Jesus and Mary Chain at 30

Jim Reid, lead singer of the Jesus and Mary Chain, tells us about the continued thrill he gets from the band's earliest hits, plus how Coachella brought his band back together.

What apocalypse? Author Steven Johnson says the creative class is surviving the digital revolution

Making a living as an artist or creator in the digital age isn't easy. But according to an examination of the past 15 years, there are more creatives than ever.