California Dream

A statewide collaboration between Capital Public Radio, KQED, KPCC, KPBS and CALmatters focused on key issues of economic opportunity, quality of life and the future of the “California Dream.”

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The California Dream project is a statewide non-profit media collaboration focused on issues of economic opportunity, quality-of-life, and the future of the California Dream. 

Over the next two years, the collaboration will be sharing stories about housing, education, jobs, the wealth gap and more as it presents reporting on radio and television, online and through special programming.

Partner organizations include CalMattersCapital Public RadioKPBSKPCC and KQED.

Share your California dream. On Twitter, use the hashtag #CADream.

Farida Jhabvala Romero / KQED

Do You Speak Mam? Growth of Oakland’s Guatemalan Community Sparks Interest In Indigenous Language

August 14, 2019

Immigrants and asylum seekers that come to the U.S. often head to places where they know people. And in Oakland, there’s a growing community from rural Guatemala that speaks an indigenous language called Mam.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Central Valley Radio Station Stands In As A Cultural ‘Town Hall’ For Local Hmong And Punjabi-Speaking Communities

August 1, 2019 | Julia Mitric

Since the late ’80s, KBIF has slowly but steadily cultivated a niche for itself by serving as a cultural hub for Fresno’s Hmong and Punjabi communities.


Despite A Growing Latino Middle Class, California Families Face Hurdles Getting There

July 17, 2019

Despite rising incomes and lower poverty rate for Latinos, many California families struggle.

A Growing Latino Middle Class: One Family’s Journey From Have-Not To Have

July 16, 2019

Within two generations, the Rivera family has gone from the factory floor to solid middle class. It took lots of hard work and smart financial investments. But their story is rapidly becoming that of a growing number of Latinos in California.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Dream Big, Live Small: Why The Van Life Is Taking Hold In California

June 29, 2019 | Sammy Caiola

A growing enclave of millennials is choosing van life as an alternative to a 9-to-5 job and a mortgage.

James Bernal / KPCC

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Invigorate California's Economy

June 18, 2019

Immigrants tend to be bigger risk-takers than people born in California when it comes to starting a business. Here’s why that’s a good thing for the state’s economy.

Amita Sharma / KPBS

Loneliness And High Rent Prompt California Seniors To Look For Roommates

May 10, 2019

A growing number of California seniors are moving in together to deal with the state’s affordability crisis and the solitude that comes with the death of a spouse.