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We're producing a series of live shows featuring real people from around Los Angeles, sharing your stories as a way to connect with one another and celebrate our diverse community.
Questions we're asking now:
Do you do seasonal work at the holidays?
KPCC would love to hear more about your holiday job.
What's your California Dream – and have you found it?
What does the California dream look like today? Is the California dream that drew you or your family to the state still achievable?
'Tis the Season: How, if at all, do you celebrate?
What makes your holiday traditions unique? Whether your December is Santa centric or sans St. Nick, focused on religion or secular, 'Take Two' producers are eager to hear from you.
Orange County, what has been your experience with opioid prescriptions?
As part of a reporting partnership with USC Annenberg’s Center for Health Journalism, KPCC reporter Jill Replogle would like to know about your experience with prescription opioids.
Have you experienced hate speech?
If so, how — if at all — did that affect the way you think about free speech and the First Amendment?
California’s new voting system: Yea or nay?
A new voting system makeover gives the option to shutter neighborhood polling places in favor of regional voting centers. How would that affect you?
What did you do with your baby's umbilical cord blood?
KPCC's health care reporter wants to know about your experience donating or banking umbilical cord blood.
Do you work in early childhood education?
Please answer the short set of questions to tell us about your work and the issues you face in that role.
When did you first feel like an Angeleno?
Take Two is collecting stories to make a tribute to Los Angeles, and hopes to include your anecdote.
What’s it like for an introvert in LA?
KPCC’s Take Two morning show wants to hear from you. If you consider yourself an introvert, let us know how you navigate the city.
What has been your experience with naturopathic medicine?
If you have received naturopathic medicine or worked in the field, KPCC health reporter Rebecca Plevin would like to hear from you.
What’s drawing you to suburbia?
If you’ve recently made the move from city life to the suburbia (or are considering it), KPCC reporter Josie Huang would like to hear from you.
Do you identify as mixed or first-generation?
KPCC's Take Two wants to amplify the voices and experiences of those who identify as multiracial or first-generation American.
Are you stockpiling drugs or speeding up treatment because of possible Obamacare repeal?
As Republicans in Congress work on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, some people with chronic health conditions say they’re worried about losing their access to medications and coverage. If you’re in this situation, have you or someone you know stockpiled medications or expedited medical visits or procedures?
Have you ever contacted an elected official to try and get help solving an issue?
KPCC wants to know what steps you’ve taken to get your elected officials' attention in Los Angeles and whether it’s worked.
Are you a foreign-born resident or visa holder now considering U.S. citizenship?
That status can provide certain benefits and protections to cross borders that aren't allowed to people with visas or green cards.
Have you purchased health insurance through the Affordable Care Act?
If you’ve obtained insurance through Obamacare, KPCC’s health reporter Rebecca Plevin wants to hear from you. What has been your experience with your health insurance and what do you expect to happen if the federal health law changes?
Do you work in health care?
As a health care provider, what changes do you expect to see if the federal health law is changed? Are you seeing any changes in anticipation of repeal?
How have you navigated a career in the arts?
How did your friends and family react to your decision to pursue a career in the arts?
KPCC te invita a compartir tu historia
Te invitamos a compartir una historia acerca de ti o de tu comunidad (lo que esta palabra signifique para ti) en la manera que más te acomode.
Burn area residents: How are you coping with the rain?
If you live in a recent burn area, KPCC journalists would like to hear from you.
How has homelessness touched your life?
As we look ahead to the new year, KPCC would like to know the ways in which homelessness has touched your life – whether you’ve ever experienced it firsthand, have a loved one who has or if you’ve worked with, helped or observed homeless people in your community.
Let's talk about big rigs on the freeway
Whatever your experience, good or bad, let us know which freeway you were driving on and the conditions.
California: What’s your top concern post-election?
Now that the election has passed, we’re once again turning to you. What is your top concern post-election?
Are you working a seasonal job this holiday season?
KPCC news producers want to hear about your seasonal work.
Recreational marijuana is now legal. What are your questions?
Take Two's Jacob Margolis wants to know your questions and concerns.
Parents: How are you talking about Trump's win with kids?
What are the questions your children are asking?
What did your grandparents teach you about race?
KPCC journalists want to know about the conversations you had growing up. What did your grandparents or other family members teach you about race and how has that affected your current views?
Parents: Let’s talk about preschool
Did your child get into your first-choice preschool? What do you love about it? What would you change?
How do you watch TV?
Our journalists want to know how you currently watch your favorite programs...and whether you're planning to make a change.
What did the gas blowout change?
We're coming up on one year since a natural gas well ruptured near Porter Ranch. What's changed since then because of the well blowout?
Have you or a family member been affected by diabetes?
What could newsrooms do to better serve community members affected by diabetes?
Veterans: How did you prepare to return to civilian life?
Did you serve in uniform?
What life experiences have shaped your view of the death penalty?
Where do you stand on the death penalty? What questions do you have before you head to the polls?
Are you an LA Rams fan?
Are you planning to attend some games? Did you get season tickets?
Have you recently purchased a car?
Help shape KPCC's business reporting.
How are you talking about politics with kids?
Take Two producers would like to speak with parents and teachers about how they discuss politics with children.
What is your experience with prescription opioids?
KPCC health reporter Rebecca Plevin would like to know about your experience with prescription opioids.
What have you observed at national parks?
Throughout the summer, we want you to be our eyes and ears on trails to help track what needs to be fixed or cleaned up.
Is that legal? What's your question for the CHP?
Can you eat while driving? Is tailgating illegal? What about road rage?
Have you ever felt out of place in your neighborhood?
Please take a few moments to answer our questions, and you’ll help inform an upcoming Take Two segment.
What makes a good school?
KPCC's Take Two wants to take a close look at the education landscape in the Los Angeles area: the public schools, magnets, charters, private institutions, and dual-language programs out there. Help by letting us know what – to you – makes a good school.
Have you or a loved one been affected by an environmental crisis?
KPCC wants to know what changed about your daily life and whether you tried to fight for compensation.
How does your commute affect your love life?
Do you need a car to date? Just how far would you drive for a date?
Let's talk about your vote
What’s inspiring you to vote—or not? How does how you identify shape your views of the election?
What do you do for a living?
Help inform KPCC's reporting on the workforce by letting us know what you do for a living.
Parents: Have you looked at the Common Core results?
Have you looked at the numbers? If so, what are your reactions?
When you think about the 213, what comes to mind?
What does your area code say about you? How attached are you? And, when you think about the 213, what comes to mind?
Is speaking Spanish a requirement for being Latino?
We're looking for young perspectives on this topic for a roundtable discussion on Latino identity.
Parents: First day of school — are you excited or worried?
How is your family preparing?
What happens when you report a pothole?
KPCC’s infrastructure reporter Sharon McNary recently went out to see potholes being filled in downtown Los Angeles. What’s your experience reporting potholes?
Beyond gay marriage: What's the biggest issue facing LGBT community?
What's a story that hasn't been told? More importantly, what's a story that's happened to you?
Were you in Los Angeles for 1984 Olympics?
The 1984 Games are remembered as a triumph for traffic in Los Angeles. Were you here for those games? If so, what can you remember?
Do you worry about air quality affecting small children?
Do you worry that your child might attend daycare or preschool too close to a major freeway or roadway?
Have you participated in a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program?
KPCC reporter Rina Palta would like to speak with people about their experiences with 12-step programs or alternative rehab programs.
What obstacles are getting in the way of your finding a home?
Are you looking for a place? What steps have you already taken?
Have you or someone you know considered physician-assisted suicide?
Do you support the right to die? Why or why not?
How clean—or dirty—is your street?
Are there alleys or vacant lots near you? How clean or messy are they?
Let’s vent: What makes you mad?
Tell us what makes you mad. We’re here to listen, whether you’re angry about potholes, texting at dinner, the return of acid-washed jeans, or any other matter. There are no restrictions, other than word count.
Have you chosen not to vaccinate your children on religious grounds?
Help shape KPCC's health reporting.
Parents: What are your questions for this year’s school board candidates?
Help shape KPCC's education reporting.
Has your view of law enforcement changed over the years?
What personal experiences have shaped your views?
Parents: What are your questions about the Common Core?
Share your insights and questions with the KPCC education team of reporters.
Parents: Do you have questions about measles? Are you planning to visit Disneyland or California Adventure?
The California Department of Public Health has recommended that people who are not vaccinated against measles avoid visiting Disneyland and California Adventure. Are you considering a trip anyway?
What makes or breaks a renting experience?
As part of KPCC's ongoing coverage of affordable housing, we're interested in talking with our listeners about what it's like to rent in Southern California.
Are you a first-time home buyer?
Looking to buy a home for the first time? Share your experience with KPCC reporter Kitty Felde.
Are you thinking differently about retirement?
Help shape a Crawford Family Forum program by sharing your insights on retirement in the 21st century.
Are you a member of SEIU or another union?
KPCC business reporter Ben Bergman would like to speak with people who belong to a union for a story he’s working on about the $15 minimum wage.
Has Social Security contacted you regarding old debts?
KPCC Washington correspondent Kitty Felde would like to hear from people who’ve been contacted by Social Security.
Do you have a birthday near the holidays?
Off-Ramp host John Rabe wants to know what it’s like for those with December birthdays.
Do you remember your first job?
Lifeguard, sales associate, barista, camp counselor — whatever it was, we want to hear about it.
Vets: How are you spending Veterans Day?
Tell us about family traditions or special events in your community.
Inside the #RentRace: Share your tips on how to score an awesome rental
Renters’ resumes. Pet references. Head shots? Acing your rental application isn’t easy. That’s why we’re looking to you for advice.
What does your future-LA look like?
Tell us your vision for the future of L.A. What do you love about your neighborhood? What would you change? Where do you want it to go from here?
Do you have a compound cream story?
We’re interested in hearing whether your doctor has prescribed, or tried to prescribe, a compound cream to treat pain you’re experiencing.
What's your most memorable summer job?
Lifeguard, sales associate, barista, camp counselor — whatever it was, we want to hear about it.
Tell us about your SoCal staycation
We’re looking to curate a list of stellar staycations in SoCal. What are the best things to do and places to visit on a staycation in LA?
When was the last time you were pulled over?
Where were you? What happened?
Are you currently looking for an apartment in Southern California?
In which neighborhoods are you looking? What percentage of your income are you expecting to spend on rent?
How much of your paycheck do you spend on rent?
KPCC business reporter Ben Bergman is working on a new series and would like to know about your experiences with the real estate market in and around Los Angeles. What percentage of your paycheck goes toward rent every month? Has your rent gone up in the past year?
Has the ACA inspired any major life changes?
Have you quit your job to start your own business or to retire? Is access to health insurance prompting you to consider other life changes, such as moving, or divorce? Share your insights and help shape our Affordable Care Act coverage.
Are you a teacher?
What is the No. 1 tip you have for the parents of students in the age and subject you teach?
How has LA film flight affected you?
Do you work in the entertainment industry? Share your insights and help shape KPCC's coverage.
Does your child attend one of the schools listed as vulnerable to earthquakes?
Researchers at UC Berkeley have compiled a list of older concrete buildings in Los Angeles that could be at risk of collapse in an earthquake. More than 200 of the 1,500 buildings on the list were schools, most of them public.
Have you signed up for an insurance plan through Covered California?
Share your experience and help inform KPCC's reporting.
Do you have a story for First Person?
KPCC is launching a storytelling project that lets Southern Californians tell their own stories about their health—and their community's health.
Education news: What's missing?
Which blogs or websites, if any, do you visit regularly? What is missing from the coverage?
Let's talk: What do you love or hate about bilingual education?
Parents: Why did you choose to have your child learn multiple languages—or English only?
Parents: How do you keep your kids engaged academically throughout summer?
Schools have let out till fall, but kids still work on their education between pool parties. KPCC education reporters want to hear how you're keeping your kids engaged in learning this summer.
Which term best describes immigrants living in the U.S. illegally?
The Associated Press Stylebook and several newsrooms have dropped the term "illegal immigrant." Do you use a specific term to describe someone with a certain immigration status?
What’s been cut from your local park?
KPCC reporter Sharon McNary wants to hear from L.A. residents about the specific ways in which city budget cuts are affecting your neighborhood parks and quality of life.
Neighborhoods: Introduce KPCC to your community
Millions of people live in Los Angeles, residing in diverse neighborhoods like Little Tokyo, Echo Park and Glassell Park. But how much of the city do you really know? Tell us where you live now and what smells, sights and sounds make it special.
Why the marathon?
Of all the tough things to do in the world of athletics, why choose the marathon? Is it more a mental than a physical sport? Do you have to be in top condition to run one? When you started training for the marathon, did you really think you could complete the distance? What changed?
Do you work in the grocery industry?
Southern California is home to hundreds of grocery stores, and KPCC journalists are always looking to connect with employees at grocery chains and local food emporiums. Do you work at a major chain like Vons, Albertsons or Ralphs? What about Fresh and Easy or 99 Ranch Market or an independent store?
How has mental illness affected your life?
Tragedies strike, and the nation turns its attention to mental illness. But this is a conversation that needs to go deeper and last longer. KPCC journalists want listeners to lead the conversation. Tell us: How has mental illness affected your life?
Have you had a procedure performed at a surgery center?
Not all medical procedures are performed at hospitals. KPCC journalists are interested in connecting with people who have received treatment at an out-patient surgery center. Please rate your experience and share your insights with KPCC.
What's the story of you and your best ex?
While February 14 may be all about wine and roses, KPCC journalists want to shift gears and ask: Who is the best ex you've ever had?
¿Solicitó usted amnistía mediante la reforma migratoria de 1986?
Los senadores federales de los Estados Unidos han propuesto un plan bipartita para la inmigración que incluye un camino hacia la ciudadanía. En lo que los periodistas de KPCC hagamos seguimiento del progreso de este plan, también nos interesa mirar hacia el pasado: a la amplia reforma migratoria de Ronald Reagan, la cual, en 1986 calificó a unos 3 millones de inmigrantes para la amnistía.
Did you seek amnesty through 1986 immigration reform?
U.S. Senators have proposed a bipartisan immigration plan that includes a path to citizenship, and KPCC journalists want to hear from those who were affected by Ronald Reagan's 1986 immigration reform.
Sinusuportahan ba ninyo ang pag-aaral ng dalawang lengwahe?
Inimbistigahan ni Deepa Fernandez, isang experto sa pag-aalaga ng mga bata mula sa KPCC, kung paano nakakaapekto ang pag-aaral ng dalawang lengwahe sa paglago ng utak ng mga bata mula edad 0 hanggang 5. Anu-ano po ang inyong dahilan kung bakit ninyo pinag-aral ng iba’t ibang lengwahe – o pawang Ingles lamang – ang inyong anak?
What role has adoption played in your life?
November is National Adoption Month, and KPCC reporters want to know what role adoption has played in your life. Were you adopted? Have you adopted, considered adoption, or placed a child for adoption?
Pedestrians: Do you feel safe on the streets of Los Angeles?
L.A. drivers have one of the nation's highest rates of fatal pedestrian crashes. According to a new study, pedestrians account for nearly a third of all traffic fatalities. That's nearly three times the national average. Tell KPCC reporters: How safe do you feel on the streets of Los Angeles?
Do you speak up or stay silent about crime?
Repeatedly, crimes are committed and go unsolved in some Southern California neighborhoods. Why? Because the people most familiar with the victims or perpetrators do not cooperate with police. KPCC justice reporters want to know: What's it like to live in a neighborhood that's under a code of silence? Have you experienced the frustration of wanting to tell police about a crime or suspect, but did not for some reason? Was it fear of retaliation? A lack of trust in police?
What's your story about becoming a U.S. citizen?
We'd like to understand more about the process of becoming a U.S. citizen. If you are going through the naturalization process or have already completed it, please share your story with KPCC. Did you breeze through the requirements or find unexpected barriers? What would you do differently? To whom did you turn for help? Your responses are confidential, however we are looking for a few people to share their stories publicly.
How did World War II internment affect you?
Were you or someone you know interned during World War II? If so, please tell your story to KPCC journalists. We're looking for stories of Southern Californians who were affected by the internment authorization signed 70 years ago.
Does your work define you?
Do you love your job? Do you work only for the money? Is your work important but unpaid? Help KPCC's reporters and talk shows take a fresh look at work by sharing your own experiences. What keeps you going in to work every day? What makes you think about quitting? And to what extent does your work define you?
What most needs improving at LAUSD?
LAUSD has a big job on its hands – educating nearly 700,000 students in the second largest school district in the country. Educators, teachers, parents and students: What do you think of the current state of education and what improvements should be made? Send us your question for education leaders in the LAUSD.
How should California reduce its prison population?
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that California must reduce its prison population, but how should this be accomplished? KPCC wants to hear from the public and from people who live, work, or have loved ones in California prisons. Tell us how this decision affects you, your safety, and the safety of your family and community. How would you go about reducing the state prison population by more than 30,000 inmates.
Adventures in airline security
True tales of the TSA -- Seems like everybody's got a story about getting "randomly" pulled from a line for an inspection of luggage or person. While opinion polls indicate the American public mostly supports these searches, including backscatter x-ray machines that show your unclothed image to a TSA employee, others are fed up and are threatening to "opt out" of screening. What's your take on TSA screenings? Share your story.
High school seniors: Can you get into a community college?
California community colleges may have as many as 400,000 fewer slots for new students in the coming academic year. That's because the slow economy and housing market slump has cost local community college districts the tax revenue they count on. Are you or a student you know counting on community college? Will the slots you need be there?
How do Groupon-style coupons work for you?
Pay $30 for $80 worth of spa services? How about paying $100 for $250 worth of hardwood flooring? Or $2,100 for eye surgery worth more than $4000? We're talking about Groupon and other online, social media-driven, high-discount coupon offerings flooding your inbox these days. Have you used them as a consumer? Do you own or run a business that has offered these discounts? Do the discounts build customer loyalty, or increase the number of one-and-done clients?
Car, bus or skateboard: how do you get around?
Your transportation choices influence your quality of life here in Southern California. How you get around can dictate how much free time you have, your physical safety, even the amount of money that’s left of your paycheck after paying for gas, insurance, bus pass or shoe leather. What transportation do you use and why?
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Questions we're always asking:
What should KPCC know about the San Gabriel Valley?
What stories do you want KPCC to dig into? What interesting people should we profile?
Are you a parent with kids still at home?
Every other Tuesday, through its The Brood segment, KPCC's Take Two morning show shares stories from Southern California parents and helps answer their questions. Become a source for the Brood!
Are you an L.A. resident with a broken or buckled sidewalk?
What are your ideas for paying for sidewalk repairs?
What Orange County news should we cover?
Help Orange County reporter Erika Aguilar hit the ground running. Tell KPCC what stories you want her to look into, what topics need more and better coverage.
What are your Lunar New Year traditions?
Many Southern California residents take part in traditional celebrations to mark Lunar New Year. Traditions and superstitions vary by culture and generation, and KPCC journalists are curious to learn the way you, your friends and family celebrate the day.
Do you own a small or micro-business?
How did you get started and what were the biggest challenges you faced?
Become a KPCC news source
Become a source for Southern California Public Radio and share what you know about our world to help reporters understand what's really going on - and why it matters.
Tell KPCC reporters what makes you a 'superfan'
Los Angeles may not have a professional football team (yet), but it is home to legions of die-hard sports fans. Do you bleed blue? Do you belong to Raider Nation? Tell KPCC: What makes you a superfan?
What environment story should KPCC cover?
What environmental issues most affect you where you live, work, drive or play in Southern California? Do you see an environmental story that we're missing? Perhaps we're covering your issue, but you have specific expertise that could help us cover it better. Please take a few minutes to share what you know.
Why do you vote/not vote?
Do you vote, rain or shine, at every election? Do you vote only when an issue or candidate you care about is on the ballot? What are the real-life issues that make you go to the polls or stay home on Election Day?
What experiences shaped your views on immigration?
Are you a recent immigrant? Descended from immigrants? How does your own immigration saga, or that of your forebears influence how you view today's immigration debate?
What are the sounds unique to your neighborhood?
Every neighborhood has a soundscape, a mélange of musical and sometimes nonmusical noises all its own. KPCC's Take Two morning show wants to feature the sounds (good and bad) that provide a soundtrack to your every day.
Do you let your children play contact sports?
The conversation dominates airwaves and Friday-night football. Parents, pundits and politicians are all talking about concussions and traumatic brain injuries. Every year in the United States, more than 300,000 concussions are diagnosed. And now the NFL and others are taking a closer look at the long-term and serious effects they cause. And, as a parent or coach, you’re left to make the decision: Do you let the kids play?
Pass/Fail: What school stories are we missing?
KPCC education reporters want to hear about the experiences that shaped your views on today's schools. Whether you're a teacher, parent, student, school employee or taxpayer, everybody's got a stake in schools. Share what you know and help add depth and diversity to our reporting.
What is your expertise?
Everybody's an expert at something, be it work-related or a hobby. What's your expertise? KPCC is building a network of experts and everyday people to call on to help us add depth to our reporting and to find stories that might not be on our radar. What are you better at doing than most people you know?
Love to read?
KPCC talk shows interview lots of authors, and we get lots of suggestions from publishers about the books we cover. But we want to include you in the mix. Tell KPCC what you're reading now, and what new books you're anticipating reading.
What's news to you?
What news would you like to hear on KPCC?
How do you give back?
KPCC reporters are planning news coverage on how Southern Californians are reshaping the philanthropic landscape. How will you pass on your wealth?
What's it like to live in a family with mixed immigration status?
Are you in a family that has mixed immigration status? It's a common situation in Southern California, but seldom mentioned outside the family. Help KPCC understand more about what it's like to have a mix of immigration statuses in the same family. Responses are confidential, and seen only by journalists. Nothing published without your permission.
Bikes and bucks: Are they related?
When gas prices went sky high in 2008, more people turned to bicycles to cut the cost of commuting. With prices back down, are you continuing to use your bike as much? In what ways is your bicycle helping or hurting your bottom line?
What health stories should we report on?
Good health matters. So does good health reporting. What health-related stories should KPCC report on, and how are you involved in those issues? Are you a health-care worker or a family caregiver? What questions do you have about the new federal health care law? Are you involved in some new type of medical care? Be a news source for KPCC by telling us what health issues matter most to you, and where we should go to report those stories.
Do you know a Tiger Mother?
What's your parenting style? Are you the Tiger mom, for whom no average achievement by your child is good enough? A helicopter parent whose nurturing extends well into the college years? KPCC wants to hear from parents of all parenting styles to help inform our news and education coverage.
Do you ride or live near light rail?
What's light rail in L.A. County mean to you, your work, and your financial well-being? What experiences have you had that illustrate the safety and convenience of riding light rail and living (driving, walking or biking) in proximity of light rail? Share the untold and under-reported stories of the Blue, Red, Green and Gold lines. Are you on the routes of the extension of the Gold Line and the new Expo Line. What do you think of the proposed Purple Line extension a.k.a. Subway to the Sea?
What local history have you witnessed?
Was your family here during World War II or earlier? Were you among the first generation of families to buy houses that had been restricted by ownership covenants? Were you part of court-ordered school integration in Pasadena, Los Angeles and other areas? Our reporters are looking for seldom-aired stories about what it was like to grow up, attend school, raise a family and work in Southern California, where demographic shifts and societal changes have re-defined our region. We’re looking for living witnesses to share their first-hand knowledge for our on-air and online coverage.
Are you a veteran?
You served your country by joining the military, now you're a civilian. What story do you have about the ease or difficulty of veteran life? What could your country do better? What do we get right in the way we treat veterans?
Tell us more about yourself.
The more you tell us about yourself, the better we can find you when a story or talk show needs your expertise, and the better we can match our future questions to your interests. What kind of work do you do? Where do you live? What are your hobbies and passions? Share it here.