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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.

Location:

Los Angeles, CA

Networks:

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

Welcome To Richard’s Famous LA Food Podcast

7/1/2020
A crossover spectacular! Richard Parks III, the host of Richard’s Famous Food Podcast, helps David find where food meets fame in Los Angeles. And is that Wolfgang Puck in the backseat?

Duration:00:32:11

Friday Night: The Kingdom of Time

6/24/2020
Remember what Friday nights used to feel like? It was freedom, that moment when you get off work, and your time no longer belongs to someone else — the night is yours. Here is an ode, a time capsule, to everyone's favorite night of the week.

Duration:00:56:38

What’s Ours

6/17/2020
In this episode of Welcome to LA: A look at redlining in Southern California. A story about how Black families are being priced-out of LA and moving to Palmdale and other cities of the High Desert. Also some rock and roll.

Duration:00:34:00

A Quick Message

6/10/2020
‘Welcome to LA’ is not putting out a new episode this week. In the meantime, host David Weinberg recommends some podcasts that are worth a listen during this current moment.

Duration:00:01:40

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
Architect Trevor Pan built 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 insane.

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, a hot dog street vendor also known as "Grace of the Sea," lived in a garage in South LA for six years. 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
Before Judge Judy there was “The People’s Court” This is the origin story of the court case that started what is now a lucrative empire that feeds off the petty disputes of everyday Americans.

Duration:00:27:03

Bilal’s Calling

6/5/2018
Tyreek Bilal has gone through many transformations in his life. He’s been barber for powerful celebrities, a husband to six wives, 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 try to rent an apartment they offer to deposit the 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. But the pleasure cruise turns disastrous and they have to be rescued by boat police.

Duration:00:28:02

The Paradise Motel

5/22/2018
Kevin Gage played villains in Hollywood action movies of the mid-90s. But in 2003 he went to federal prison. He tried to start a new life in Mexico but Los Angeles sucked him back in. We find Gage in a new role at the Paradise Motel on Sunset Boulevard.

Duration:00:27:24

Welcome to LA Trailer

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

Duration:00:03:32