Episode #49: Hot Spots of Los Angeles, Old and New

Join us this week as we talk with Ed Nordskog, senior arson investigator for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, about his new book, “Fire Raisers, Freaks and Fiends: Obsessive Arsonists in the California Foothills.” We’ll also visit with historian Marc Chevalier, LAVA’s 2014 Visionary of the Year, to discuss one of his more recent obsessions, Hollywood’s late, great Schwab’s Pharmacy.

We’ll also discuss changes to the MTA’s restrictive seating policy in the grand hall of Union Station, what Richard has been thinking about while on holiday from the podcast (collaborative writing with version control and the larger promise of eBooks), a look at the streetcar question at a Federal policy level, Nathan Masters’ visit to the newly-opened Ace Hotel in the former Texaco Building and United Artists Theater, LA’s libraries resume Sunday hours, artist Tim Youd begins his Raymond Chandler cycle and one last chance to repurposing the Riverside-Figueroa Bridge. All this and more as Kim & Richard usher in the week of January 20th, 2014.

Closely Watched Trains & URLs for Podcast

Ed Nordskog’s new book Fire Raisers, Freaks and Fiends: Obsessive Arsonists in the California Foothills.

Changes coming to the MTA’s Union Station seating policy.

What Richard has been thinking about while on holiday from the podcast: collaborative writing with Penflip and the larger promise of eBooks.

Where did all these streetcar advocates come from, anyway?

Nathan Masters visits the Ace Hotel.

Sunday hours for LA libraries

Tim Youd begins his Chandler Cycle.

Last chance to repurpose the Riverside-Figueroa Bridge.

Upcoming events

Jan’s LAVA Salon (& Visionary of the Year award )

Feb’s LAVA Salon

And the Broadway On My Mind series returns in Feb.

March Crimelab

Kim’s novel, The Kept Girl, is almost out in print