KPCC’s Public Radio Palooza

Public Radio Palooza

KPCC is celebrating Los Angeles’s love for public radio, news, and information with a yearlong series of live shows featuring some of your favorite hosts and programs. Join us for Public Radio Palooza as Southern California Public Radio, the home of KPCC, turns 20 in 2020.

And we’re just getting started. We’ll continue to add to the following lineup throughout the year.


Upcoming Shows

'It’s Been A Minute' With Sam Sanders LIVE: Breakfast Edition

The world is complicated, and people are, too. Talk it out and listen in over breakfast with Sam Sanders, one of public radio’s freshest voices, as he explores the biggest news stories of the week with fellow journalists. And while you’re at NPR West, grab a quick tour! Presented in partnership with NPR Presents. Tickets on sale now.

Peter Sagal LIVE: An Evening With The Host Of 'Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!'

What do Elvis Costello, Martha Stewart, and Salman Rushdie have in common? They’ve all been interviewed by the incomparable Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s popular weekly hour-long quiz program “Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me!” and one of the nation’s premier radio humorists and commentators on current events. Join Sagal as he looks back on his career and shares what he’s learned about the art of joke telling along with why humor is the best way to get a reaction from a crowd. Presented in partnership with The Soraya. Tickets on sale now.

Lulu Miller LIVE: An Evening With The Co-creator Of 'Invisibilia'

Calling all “Invisibilia” fans. You’re invited to join KPCC for a conversation with Lulu Miller, the Peabody Award-winning science journalist who cocreated the popular NPR podcast. Miller will share what inspires her captivating science-based storytelling, which pushes our collective understanding of human behavior. Tickets available soon.

'Science Friday' LIVE with Ira Flatow

Start with science and the pursuit of greater understanding. Add in some theatrical elements and you’ve got a recipe for fan-favorite national radio show “Science Friday.” Join host Ira Flatow and the rest of the SciFri crew as they explore the amazing scientific news and stories happening right here in Southern California. Presented in partnership with CaltechLive! Tickets on sale now.

Brooke Gladstone LIVE: An Evening With The Cohost And Managing Editor Of ‘On The Media’

See in person why 1 million radio and podcast listeners trust “On The Media” every week to tackle the toughest issues in journalism with transparency and frankness. As a recipient of the Peabody Award and the only back-to-back winner of the Bart Richards award for media criticism, “On the Media” offers insight in a time we need it more than ever. Tickets go on sale soon.

‘Marketplace’ with Kai Ryssdal LIVE

Join “Marketplace” host Kai Ryssdal as he welcomes special guests for a live conversation on the intersection of economics and entertainment. The Los Angeles-based Ryssdal unpacks important economic news for an audience of more than 7 million listeners every weekday through unexpected angles on the news. Tickets go on sale May 2020.

Alan Cumming And Ari Shapiro: ‘Och And Oy! A Considered Cabaret’

Join Tony Award-winning and Emmy Award-nominated actor Alan Cumming and NPR’s “All Things Considered” cohost Ari Shapiro as they transport you through an evening of stories and song. Witness the exclusive regional debut of “Och & Oy! A Considered Cabaret” with musical direction by Henry Koperski. Presented in partnership with The Broad Stage. Tickets go on sale June 2020.

‘Spooked’ LIVE By ‘Snap Judgment’

“Snap Judgment” is known for “storytelling...with a beat.” Just in time for Halloween, they’ll debut the live version of their series “Spooked” in Los Angeles. Come in costume for a night of true-life supernatural stories from people who can barely believe it happened themselves. Question your own map of reality and be afraid…of missing this event. Presented in partnership with Snap Judgment. Tickets go on sale July 2020.

Ira Glass And Jad Abumrad: LIVE With The Hosts Of ‘This American Life’ And ‘Radiolab’

Cap off KPCC’s yearlong Public Radio Palooza celebration with a special evening that features the hosts of two of public radio’s most iconic shows. Join prolific audio storytellers Jad Abumrad of “Radiolab” and Ira Glass of “This American Life” as they take you on a journey of insight, investigation, and humanity in a way that only they can. Tickets go on sale August 2020.

KPCC Leadership Circle members are eligible to receive free VIP passes to select events in this series. Click here to request your tickets or to find out more about joining the Leadership Circle.


Past Shows

'AirTalk’s FilmWeek': 2020 Oscar Preview

'Here’s The Thing' LIVE With Alec Baldwin And Butch Walker