You can quote me: "California is a natural wonder and a man-made disaster."
In this special year-in-review episode, Rick joins Will Swaim on his Radio Free California podcast to discuss some of the biggest stories of 2023.
Quips Rick: "We're getting old, we're losing population, we can't afford our homes and the kids are doing worse in school."
After scathing audits and member defections, the new leaders of a controversial "green power" cooperative discuss what went wrong -- and what they're doing to revamp the organization.
Rick goes on Will Swaim's National Review podcast to discuss his crime-marred trip to San Francisco and recall the exploits of Fresno native and Baseball Hall of Fame great Frank Chance.
A suggestion for how the White House press corps can show a little more respect for the presidency, restore its own dignity -- and maybe even win back some credibility.
Chapman University professors Joel Kotkin and Marshall Toplansky warn that we're devolving into a Medieval-style society marked by rigid class divisions and little upward mobility.
Rick guest co-hosts on Will Swaim's National Review podcast to discuss John Wayne's birthday, segregated graduations at UC Berkeley, the Dodgers' honoring of drag queens who mock Catholics and the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on California pork chops.
Chapman University economist Jim Doti explains Covid deaths, the California exodus and how he saved Gene Autry from being hit by a foul ball.
Rick and the OC Register's Jon Lansner join Sustaining US host David Nazar to debate the pros and cons of California's energy, environmental and economic policies.
The leaders of California's Democratic and Republican Parties assess the mid-term election results and trade barbs.
Rick joins California Insider host Siyamak Khorrami to break down the fallout over a leaked tape recording that has forced LA officials to resign. Rick also discusses the state of journalism.
Rick returns as Will Swaim's guest co-host on the National Review podcast. They discuss the California First Lady's Harvey Weinstein credibility problem, the governor's Joe Biden no-show, the state's looming budget crisis and other issues.
Rick is Will Swaim's guest co-host on the National Review-sponsored radio podcast to discuss embattled Los Angeles DA George Gascon, LA and San Francisco's race to the bottom and other topics.
Rick joins host Joone Kim-Lopez to launch the inaugural episode of OC World on PBS station KLCS. They discuss the past, present and future of journalism, as well as Joone's prior career as a Pasadena cop.
Rick and Orange County Register columnist Jonathan Lansner debate the economic health of California on KLCS' Sustaining US show hosted by David Nazar.
Delphine Channels interviews Rick about his career in journalism, how the profession has lost its way and what it can do to get back on track.
Rick joins Forward national editor Rob Eshman and Live@5 host Jerry Sullivan to discuss how the local media have been covering news and politicians.
Rick joins other media voices on David Nazar's PBS "Sustaining US" show to examine how the news is reported and why the public is increasingly distrustful of it.
Rick debates the federal minimum wage with Ron Herrera of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor on David Nazar's PBS "Sustaining US" show.