SCPR in collaboration with NPR Presents welcomes host Michel Martin for a live event on June 24th at the Los Angeles Theatre Center at 7:30 p.m.

PASADENA, May 14, 2015 – In light of recent events in Ferguson and Baltimore that have renewed the debate about policing, Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) is pleased to welcome National Public Radio’s (NPR) Michel Martin to Los Angeles.  Ms. Martin will examine this timely topic through the lens of law enforcement, journalists, artists and performers at an event hosted by SCPR and NPR at the Los Angeles Theatre Center June on 24 at 7:30 P.M. Tickets and information are available here:  

Streets and Beats will bring together voices from different backgrounds and experiences—former gang members, artists, clergy and law enforcement—for an evening of storytelling to break through misconceptions, move beyond public posturing and push open the lines of communication.  Ms. Martin will be joined on stage by #BlackLivesMatter founder Patrisse Cullors; commander of the 77th Division of the Los Angeles Police Department, Robert Arcos; award-winning author and poet laureate of Los Angeles Luis J. Rodrίguez; author and journalist Sam Quinones; pastor and senior deputy for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Rafer Owens; and actor and former gang member Richard Cabral.  The event will also feature performances by Street Poets Inc. and Quetzal, a bilingual, Grammy® Award-winning rock collective founded in East Los Angeles.

SCPR will host a live video stream and NPR will provide a live audio stream. Audiences can participate in these conversations by using the hashtag #StreetsAndBeats and following @KPCC, @KPCCForum and @NPRMichel.

“Streets and Beats” is the second live event in Los Angeles affiliated with SCPR in 2015 that deals with community policing.  On January 21st, as part of SCPR’s AirTalk 30th Anniversary (, host Larry Mantle facilitated a conversation with people on the frontlines of the issue – cops who are out on the street every day and the people who live in the communities they police. Mr. Mantle sat down for an honest look at race relations and community policing, not from the 30,000 foot view, but from individuals confronting these issues every day.  Footage from that event is available here:



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