Episode #25: Native Daughters & Exiles at home in Los Angeles

Join us this week as we talk with Mona Leirich at the Villa Aurora, about the far reaching legacy of the literary lion Lion Feuchtwanger, who escaped the Nazis to come live in exile in the Pacific Palisades.

We’ll also visit with Marcia Harris, who portrays Long Beach’s own firebrand activist, Fanny Bixby Spencer, as a living history docent at Rancho Los Cerritos.

We’ll also discuss the closure of L.A.‘s oldest book shop (104 years in San Pedro), Metro playing the eminent domain card in Little Tokyo, the aesthetic ramifications of the pending Broadway Streetscape Plan work, and a look forward to a rare Pershing Square Advisory Board meeting this week. All this and more, as Kim & Richard usher in the week of July 8th, 2013.

Closely Watched Trains & URLs for Podcast

Villa Aurora website.

Lion Feuchtwanger Archive at the USC Libraries.

Les Milles, an internment and deportation camp in Provence, where Lion spent most of 1940.

Rancho Los Cerritos website.

The oldest bookshop in Los Angeles closes it doors after 104 years.

Metro plays the eminent domain card in Little Tokyo.

Broadway Streetscape Plan (Strategy One, Phase One) is funded.

Broadway Streetscape Plan (PDF).

Everything you ever wanted to know about curb extensions, but were afraid to ask.

LAVA’s July Sunday Salon

LAVA’s July 14th Crimelab

Raymond Chandler’s 125th Birthday Party