For all you NPR fans and listeners of Morning Edition, we are pleased to be hosting Steve Inskeep in conversation with his Morning Edition co-host, Renee Montagne, Oct 24th at Track 16.  Ticket info here.

He was on All Things Considered yesterday.  Hear the piece here, and read about it.  Here’s an excerpt:

Pakistan’s port city of Karachi is 30 times larger now than it was at the end of World War II. That tremendous growth caught the interest of NPR’s Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep, who has made numerous reporting trips to Pakistan over the past decade. In his new book, Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi, Inskeep explores the growing pains — and the vitality — of a city experiencing explosive population growth.

“Karachi is an example of something that is happening all around the world,” Inskeep tells Michele Norris on All Things Considered. “There’s been an incredible growth of urban areas since the end of World War II even in the United States. [Metropolitan] Los Angeles is more than three times larger than it was. … Houston is six times larger. Istanbul is 10 times larger. … We could go around the world like this.”

Inskeep set out to explore what happens when a city experiences this sort of rapid population expansion. “It’s not just the birth rate; it’s mass migration,” he explains. “And that means it is different kinds of people coming together and clashing in this landscape that, for all of them, is entirely new. The city as we see it today didn’t really exist 30, 40, 50, 60 years ago.”

Renee Montagne

We are happy to announce that Renee Montagne, the Los Angeles based co-host of NPR’s Morning Edition will be interviewing Steve Inskeep at our Live  Talks Los Angeles event on October 24th, at Track 16 at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica.

Inskeep’s upcoming book explores how rural-to-urban migration has transformed one of the world’s most intriguing places, the booming commercial center of Pakistan.  Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi looks at the perils and possibilities of one of the most rapidly growing metropolises in the world.  Despite the violence that frequently consumes Karachi, Inskeep finds remarkable signs of the city’s tolerance, vitality, and thriving civil society—from a world-renowned ambulance service to a socially innovative project that helps residents of the vast squatter neighborhoods find their own solutions to sanitation, health care, and education.

Monday, October 24, 2011
8pm (Reception 6:30-7:30pm)

An Evening with Steve Inskeep of NPR’s Morning Edition
in conversation with Renee Montagne, his co-host 

PURCHASE TICKETS

Track 16 at Bergamot Station
Santa Monica, CA

In his first book, Steve Inskeep, co-host of NPR’s Morning Edition, explores how rural-to-urban migration has transformed one of the world’s most intriguing places, the booming commercial center of Pakistan.  Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi looks at the perils and possibilities of one of the most rapidly growing metropolises in the world.  Despite the violence that frequently consumes Karachi, Inskeep finds remarkable signs of the city’s tolerance, vitality, and thriving civil society—from a world-renowned ambulance service to a socially innovative project that helps residents of the vast squatter neighborhoods find their own solutions to sanitation, health care, and education.

Inskeep has traveled across the nation and around the world for Morning Edition and NPR News. From the Persian Gulf to the wreckage of New Orleans, he has interviewed presidents, warlords, authors, and musicians, as well as those who aren’t in the headlines — from a steelworker in Ohio to a woman living in poverty in Tehran.

Inskeep’s first full-time assignment for NPR was the 1996 presidential primary in New Hampshire. He went on to cover the Pentagon, the Senate, and the 2000 presidential campaign of George W. Bush.

After the September 11 attacks, Inskeep covered the war in Afghanistan, the hunt for al-Qaeda suspects in Pakistan, and the war in Iraq. In 2003, he received a National Headliner Award for investigating a military raid that went wrong in Afghanistan.  Here’s more about Steve Inskeep on the NPR website.

Renee Montagne is co-host of NPR’s Morning Edition. She has hosted the newsmagazine since 2004, broadcasting from NPR West in Culver City, California, with co-host Steve Inskeep in NPR’s Washington, D.C. headquarters.

Montagne is a familiar voice on NPR, having reported and hosted since the mid-1980s. She hosted All Things Considered with Robert Siegel for two years in the late 1980s, and previously worked for NPR’s Science, National and Foreign desks.

Since 9-11, Montagne has gone to Afghanistan six times, traveling throughout the country and interviewing farmers and mullahs, women and poll workers, the president and an infamous warlord. She spent a month during the summer of 2009 reporting on the Afghanistan politics and election. She has produced three series: 2002’s “Recreating Afghanistan”; 2004’s “Afghanistan Votes”; and 2006’s “The War: Five Years On.”  To learn more about Renee Montagne,  visit her page at the NPR website.

Purchase Tickets:
$20 Live Talks Los Angeles with Steve Inskeep, 8pm (doors open at 7:30pm)
$40 also includes Inskeep’s book
$95 includes pre-event reception (6:30-7:30pm), and the book
$33 Purchase Steve Inskeep’s book (tax and shipping included to anywhere in the US)

Track 16 at Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Avenue, Bldg C-1
Santa Monica, CA 90404