L.A. Times Columnist Gustavo Arellano

The 105 Used to Be Cool

Gustavo Arellano is a writer, podcast host, and columnist for the Los Angeles Times.
He moderated Zócalo’s inaugural in-person event at the ASU California Center at the Herald Examiner in downtown L.A., titled “How Do We Begin Again?” Before taking the stage, Arellano sat down in the green room to discuss his favorite taco spots, why he’d consider moving to Kentucky, and the show he loves to fall asleep to.

Bluegrass Isn’t Just for ‘Toothless Hillbillies’

Bringing the Sounds of Oklahoma to California, the Gifford Family Has Made ‘Banjo Music’ Popular in the Inland Empire and Beyond

“Only toothless hillbillies listen to that banjo music.”

John Gifford heard taunts like this all the time. Growing up in Riverside, a Southern California suburb, in the 1960s and …