Alta Asks Live

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    Alta Asks Live: John Freeman

    - Author John Freeman joins Alta editor at large Mary Melton to discuss the new wave of authors who have made his must-read California curriculum, talk about his latest book, Tales of Two Planets, and detail the plans for our new California Book Club.
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Alta Asks Live: True-Crime Podcasts

True-crime series are a thriving corner of the podcast world. Alta Journal contributor Denise Hamilton and Once Upon a Crime Podcast host and producer Esther Ludlow will join Alta Asks Live to examine our love of grisly subject matter.

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Alta Asks Live: Obi Kaufmann

Author Obi Kaufmann joins Alta Asks Live on Wednesday, October 28 at 12:30 p.m. Pacific time to discuss the connections we share with California’s forests, how their maintenance impacts the state’s wildfire crisis, and more.

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Alta Asks Live: Judith Freeman

Raymond Chandler biographer Judith Freeman joins Alta Asks Live to explore Chandler’s relationship with Los Angeles, his female characters, and murder most foul.

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Alta Asks Live: Private Investigators—Fact and Fiction

How accurate are the depictions of private investigators in the noir classics that made the job so famous? Private investigator Tink Thompson and Alta contributor Phil Bronstein join us for an intimate look into the lives of the people who are paid to look into ours.

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Alta Asks Live: Pandemics of California’s Past

What were the plagues and pandemics of California history and how did we survive them?Historian William Deverell joins Alta Asks Live to try and answer questions of our past, and find a little hope in our present.

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Alta Asks Live: Steph Cha

Steph Cha joins author and Alta contributor Oscar Villalon for a discussion on Your House Will Pay, what it's like to write a 1990s period piece, and the diversity of Los Angeles literature. 

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Alta Asks Live: Convo with Cartoonists 

Where do cartoons come from? How are jokes developed, and where do artists mine for ideas? Why don’t we see more women cartoon artists? Two Alta contributing cartoonists join us to answer these questions — and more!

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Alta Asks Live: Josie Iselin

In her latest book, photographer Josie Iselin transforms everyday seaweed into stunning art. She joins Alta Asks Live and journalist Jessica Zack for a virtual tour of the curious world of seaweed — no snorkel necessary.

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Alta Asks Live: Gustavo Arellano

If it’s happening in Southern California, author, journalist and frequent Alta contributor Gustavo Arellano knows the details and has an opinion. 

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