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LiveTALKS Los Angeles' mission is simple: Bring great speakers to Los Angeles — authors, artists, leaders, musicians, scientists — and present them in some of the city’s wonderful venues.

Proceeds from ticket sales are then directed to worthwhile literacy and educational causes that are making a difference in the lives of Angelenos. In so doing, we also hope to help raise awareness of the great work these organizations are doing in our communities and enhance their base of supporters, volunteers and donors.

LiveTALKS L.A. greatly appreciates our partnership with our two co-presenters, 89.3 KPCC Southern California Public Radio and KCET. We look forward to your support of our events and the causes we support.

Ted Habte-Gabr
Producer,
LiveTALKS Los Angeles

Event Information

KCET members receive a 15% discount on tickets. Be sure to use this code at check out: NEWKCET1. Click here to get tickets

Events:

May 9, 2012: Michael Sandel in conversation with Patt Morrison - Learn More
May 15, 2012: Gregg Allman in conversation with Alan Light - Learn More
May 17, 2012: Pico Iyer in conversation with Lisa Napoli - Learn More
June 7, 2012: An Evening with Oscar Hijuelos - Learn More
June 12, 2012: Frank DeFord in conversation with John Salley - Learn More
June 14, 2012: An Evening with Christopher Buckley - Learn More
June 21, 2012: An Evening with John Irving - Learn More

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LiveTALKS L.A. is co-presented by 89.3 KPCC Southern California Public Radio and KCET.

Video: Carl Hiaasen and Carolyn Kellogg

Carl Hiaasen and Carolyn KelloggThis summer, LiveTALKS Los Angeles was pleased to host award-winning journalist, columnist for the Miami Herald, and bestselling novelist Carl Hiaasen in conversation with Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times staff writer and writer of Jacket Copy, the paper's book blog.

The conversation took place August 17th at the Track 16 Gallery at Santa Monica's Bergamot Station. If you didn't have a chance to attend - or, if you did and would like a recap - the full conversation is recorded in the video below.

Carl Hiaasen in conversation with Carolyn Kellogg from Ted Habte-Gabr on Vimeo.

Robert Reich in Conversation with Kai Ryssdal

Robert Reich and Kai RyssdalKCET and KPCC with Pearson Foundation present a LiveTALKS Los Angeles event featuring:

Robert Reich in conversation with Kai Ryssdal
Wednesday, September 29 at 8 PM
Zipper Hall
The Colburn School
200 South Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012

LiveTALKS Los Angeles brings you a conversation between the former Secretary of Labor and current Public Policy Professor at UC Berkeley, and the host of American Public Media's Marketplace. Come witness this event at Colburn School, Zipper Hall, Los Angeles.

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KCET members receive a 15% discount on tickets. Be sure to use this code at check out: KCET-MEM1.Buy tickets.

Robert Reich is Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. He has written ten books, including The Work of Nations, which has been translated into twenty-two languages, Supercapitalism, and the best sellers The Next American Frontier, The Future of Success, and Locked in the Cabinet. In 2003, Reich was awarded the prestigious Vaclav Havel Foundation Prize for pioneering work in economic and social thought.

Aftershock, by Robert B. ReichIn his new book, Aftershock, he argues that the real problem with our economy is structural: it lies in the increasing concentration of income and wealth at the top, and in a middle class that has had to go deeply into debt to maintain a decent standard of living. His detailed account of where we are headed over the next decades offers a take on the economy that is driving our politics and shaping our future.

Kai Ryssdal is host of public radio's Marketplace.

P.J. O'Rourke in Conversation with Judy Muller

P.J. O'Rourke and Judy MullerKCET, KPCC and the Pearson Foundation present a LiveTALKS Los Angeles event featuring P.J. O'Rourke, the famed American political satirist in conversation with Judy Muller.

Thursday, October 7 at 8 PM
Bergamont Station
2525 Michigan Avenue, Bldg C-1
Santa Monica, CA
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KCET members receive a 15% discount on tickets. Be sure to use this code at check out: KCET-MEM1. Get tickets.

"You can remove morality from politics like you can remove the head from a chicken, and they'll both keep going--politics much longer than the chicken."

--P.J. O'Rourke

Don't Vote, by  P.J. O'RourkeWith more than a million words of trenchant journalism under his byline and more citations in The Penguin Dictionary of Humorous Quotations than any other living writer, P.J. O'Rourke has established himself as America's premier political satirist. His 14 best-selling books include Parliament of Whores, Give War a Chance, Eat the Rich, The CEO of the Sofa, Peace Kills and On the Wealth of Nations. Both Time and The Wall Street Journal have called him "the funniest writer in America." He frequently appears on television, and is a regular panelist on National Public Radio's "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me."

In his latest book, DON'T VOTE--It Just Encourages the Bastards P.J. O'Rourke turns his sights on the central issue in all of the above: politics. He's known as a hard-bitten, cigar-smoking conservative. But, in fact, he bashes all political persuasions. Says O'Rourke, "Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys."

Judy Muller is an Emmy Award -winning television correspondent and NPR commentator. She is on the faculty of the USC Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism and is a regular contributor on NPR's "Morning Edition" and a contributing correspondent for KCET's SoCal Connected. She was a correspondent on ABC's Nightline and prior to that was a correspondent on CBS News - on both television and radio.

Ken Follett in Conversation with Karen Grigsby Bates

Ken Follett and Karen Grigsby BatesKCET, KPCC and the Pearson Foundation present a LiveTALKS Los Angeles event featuring Ken Follett in conversation with Karen Grigsby Bates.

Thursday, September 30 at 8 PM
Zipper Hall
The Colburn School
200 South Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012

KCET members enter to win a pair of VIP tickets. Click here.

KCET members receive a 15% discount on tickets. Be sure to use this code at check out: KCET-MEM1. Get tickets.

Fall of Giants, by Ken FollettKen Follett is one of the world's most popular and prolific fiction writers. When The Times of London asked its readers to vote for the 60 greatest novels of the last 60 years, The Pillars of the Earth was placed at number two, after To Kill a Mockingbird. World Without End was number 23 on the same list. In Germany, Pillars was voted the third most popular book ever written, surpassed only by Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and the Bible.

This fall, Ken Follett returns to the epic form with a historical trilogy that is his most ambitious and provocative work to date. Fall of Giants: Book One of The Century Trilogy, will be launched globally in more than fourteen countries. It follows the lives of five families throughout England, the United States, Russia, and Germany as they experience and affect the tumultuous events of the twentieth century.

Karen Grigsby Bates is the Los Angeles-based correspondent for NPR News. One of Bates' proudest contributions is making books and authors a high-profile part of NPR's coverage. "NPR listeners read a lot, and many of them share the same passion for books that I do, so this isn't work, it's a pleasure."

Before coming to NPR, Bates was a news reporter for People magazine and she was a contributing columnist to the Op Ed pages of the Los Angeles Times. In her non-NPR life, Bates is the author of Plain Brown Wrapper and Chosen People, mysteries featuring reporter-sleuth Alex Powell.

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