Ahh California. I do miss it. But I miss the part of California where I lived and the life I had when I lived there.

But California is not all clear skies and movie stars. It’s also the perfect state to underscore the great divide between the haves and the have-nots.

The publication Capital and Main is running a month-long series called State of Inequality about just this problem. This morning, I spoke with journalist Maria Bastillos who did a week-long tour of the state, stopping in Palm Springs, Riverside, Bakersfield, Modesto, Silicon Valley and San Francisco for the “Dispatches from the Open Highway” series.

Each Friday morning, we segue into the weekend with a Flashback Friday musical blast from the past. Today, we went back to September of 2009. I was then with Air America Radio and, that week, broadcasting my show from Los Angeles. One night I was joined in the studio by singer/songwriter Jill Sobule and legendary producer Don Was for fun conversation and great music.

Today’s show runs a little long, but I think it’s worth it.

Have a great weekend…. I’ll be back Monday to kick off a new week, radio or not!