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Los Angeles is a city carved out of the desert — a conjured image of paradise. Award-winning journalist David Weinberg returns with stories of people who learn what lies beyond the dream.

Los Angeles is a city carved out of the desert — a conjured image of paradise. Award-winning journalist David Weinberg returns with stories of people who learn what lies beyond the dream.

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Los Angeles, CA

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KCRW

Description:

Los Angeles is a city carved out of the desert — a conjured image of paradise. Award-winning journalist David Weinberg returns with stories of people who learn what lies beyond the dream.

Language:

English


Episodes

Deep Time: The Strange Life of an LA Googie

6/3/2020
Inside an old restaurant you can hear the sound of kids hunkered down at the counter, plotting a revolution. It’s a long shot for sure, but maybe they will pull it off. Maybe they will save us all.

Duration:00:28:55

Buffalo Soldiers

5/27/2020
How did a group of stuntmen in the 1960s diversify Hollywood? On this episode of Welcome to LA, we delve into the origin story of the Black Stuntmen’s Association.

Duration:00:23:56

The Best of All Possible Worlds: A Prologue

5/20/2020
Have you ever had a friend who you thought should live their life differently than they do? A story about building a meaningful life out of chaos.

Duration:01:06:55

Welcome Back to LA

5/13/2020
Los Angeles is a city carved out of the desert – a conjured image of paradise. Award-winning journalist David Weinberg returns with stories of people who learn what lies beyond the dream.

Duration:00:02:35

Listen to Lost Notes

5/28/2019
Lost Notes is a podcast from KCRW. It's about music, and artistic legacy, and people. Listen to this episode about David Bowie's favorite rock band, Fanny. Then, go subscribe in your podcast player. See you soon for more Welcome to LA.

Duration:00:35:50

Pan's plans

7/3/2018
Trevor Pan launched his architecture career by building his first building with his own hands in a barren patch of Arizona desert. It didn’t have running water or electricity, but it got him some attention in the architecture world and his career was off to a promising start. But then Trevor made a decision that, from the outside, seemed completely totally crazy.

Duration:00:46:55

The Recruiter

6/26/2018
Before he launched one of the most successful porn companies in America, Rob Navarro was a chart topping Christian rock star and the voice of Ronald McDonald. Then he got the help of a few good men from the U.S. Marine Corps.

Duration:00:53:57

Grace of the Sea

6/19/2018
Luis Gutierrez Sanchez, also known as "Grace of the Sea," had been living in a garage in South LA for six years. He sold bacon-wrapped, pineapple-stuffed hot dogs on a street corner a few blocks away to make a living. Miraculously good at finding beauty in dark places, he tells his story of surviving as a gay undocumented immigrant in Los Angeles.

Duration:00:38:39

The Case of the Missing Sprinkles

6/12/2018
The Court TV genre started with a frustrated game show producer who pitched an idea that would make housewives’ fantasies come true. That show tanked. So instead he made “The People’s Court,” eventually creating a lucrative empire that feeds off the petty disputes of everyday Americans. This is the story of the one case that started that empire.

Duration:00:27:03

Bilal’s Calling

6/5/2018
Tyreek Bilal has gone through many transformations in his life. He’s been a confidant to powerful celebrities, a husband to six wives, father to 20 children and a celibate religious scholar. Now he's taking a stand against changes at his neighborhood mosque.

Duration:00:32:24

The Grifter

5/29/2018
When a suspicious couple and a former soap opera actress applied to rent an apartment, they wanted to deposit an entire year’s rent into the building owners bank account. But something wasn’t adding up.

Duration:00:31:11

Concordance

5/22/2018
Host David Weinberg moves to Los Angeles and on his first day in town ends up on a yacht, attending a birthday party for a Russian theremin builder and his musician friends. But their pleasure cruise turns disastrous and the party goers have to be rescued by boat police. The ill-fated pleasure cruise is woven into the story of Léon Theremin, a brilliant inventor and Soviet spy.

Duration:00:28:02

The Paradise Motel

5/22/2018
Kevin Gage was an actor who played villains in some of the biggest Hollywood action movies of the mid ‘90s to the early aughts. But in 2003 he was sentenced to three and a half years in federal prison. He tried to start a new life in Mexico but Los Angeles sucked him back in.

Duration:00:27:24

Welcome to LA Trailer

5/20/2018
Drifters and dreamers in the great American mirage.

Duration:00:03:32