You Can’t Eat The Sunshine

Our Show About L.A. History

You Can’t Eat the Sunshine is the podcast of Esotouric, the offbeat Los Angeles company that turns the notion of guided bus tours on its ear. Each week, join Kim Cooper and Richard Schave on their Southern California adventures, as they visit with fascinating characters for wide-ranging interviews that reveal the myths, contradictions, inspirations and passions of the place. There’s never been a city quite like Los Angeles. Tune in if you’d like to find out why.

Our Theme Song is by The Ukulady

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Past Episodes

Episode #105: A Master Architect in Los Angeles: Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue’s Central Library and Caltech Campus

Episode #104: A Day in the Life of Union Station / Harvey’s Broiler Reborn

Episode #103: The Stories She Could Tell: Skid Row 2015 / Go-Go Club 1966

Episode #102: Strange Stones and Frizzled Flowers

Episode #101: Renovation & Renewal in Skid Row’s Affordable House Stock

Episode #100: Arches & Aqueducts

Episode #99: From the Desert to Art Deco

Episode #98: Preserving the 1980s L.A. Music Scene & Taco Bell #1

Episode #97: Citrus, Books and Air Rights

Episode #96: Remembering the Trails Restaurant on old Route 66

Episode #95: Fantastical Architecture of Old Los Angeles

Episode #94: Grand Ave. and Grand Visions

Episode #93: Citrus, Steaks and Sub-division along old Route 66

Episode #92: Preservation On The Waterfront

Episode #91: Lost Long Beach & Cosmic Los Angeles

Episode #90: Guestbooks & Gridlock

Episode #89: A Riverside Architecture Road Trip

Episode #88: Whales, Landfills & Amusement Parks of the Palos Verdes Peninsula

Episode #87: Memorial Meanders in Orange & Anaheim

Episode #86: San Gabriel Valley Visionaries

Episode #85: Mapping Los Angeles

Episode #84: Saving a Streamline Moderne Gem in West Hollywood

Episode #83: Revealing A Lost Folk Art Environment in South Los Angeles

Episode #82: Steaks & Suburbia

Episode #81: The Printed Page & Silver Screen

Episode #80: Curating & Hoarding: Preservation in Action

Episode #79: Bringing the Past to Life: Felix in Hollywood & Duffy’s La Habra

Episode #78: Bunker Hill: Past, Present & Future

Episode #77: Legendary Southern Californians: The Orange & Huell Howser

Episode #76: Let There Be…Hollywood!

Episode #75: Silent Sweethearts, Noirish Dives & The Mother Road

Episode #74: Bibles & Rotisserie Chicken

Episode #73: 100 Years of “Dealing With” L.A.’s Skid Row

Episode #72: West Hollywood Preservationists Arise

Episode #71: Bunker Hill: Then & Now

Episode #70: We Are Wyvernwood

Episode #69: Rails & Remainders

Episode #68: Poppies & Poetry

Episode #67: Berlin & Bukowski

Episode #66: Architecture & Archives

Episode #65: Gnocchi and Knowing

Episode #64: Good, God & Guillotines

Episode #63: Secrets of the Alleys & Valley

Episode # 62: Biodynamics & Yiddishkeit

Episode #61: Poppies, Death & Noir

Episdode #60: Neff & Noir

Episode #59: The Future Of Sidewalks & Old Buildings

Episode #58: Bringing the Past to Life: Hollywood & Boyle Heights

Episode #57: Steel, Glass and Guns

Episode #56: Crossing Over: Death & Bridges

Episode #55: Bunker Hill: Noir, Doomed and Still Relevant

Episode #54: Los Angeles’ Roots Run Deep

Episode #53: Speed Shops, Strip Clubs, Quarks, & the Future of Downtown LA

Episode #52: The Golden Age of Hollywood & Salvation

Episode #51: Cosmic Consciousness & Compost

Episode #50: Cowboys, Indians and a Railroad Baron’s Treasures

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

Episode #48: Charisma & Magic

Episode #47: The Europeans Take Hollywood

Episode #46: The World of The Kept Girl: Raymond Chandler, love cults, real-life Philip Marlowes & the L.A. underworld of the 1920s

Episode #45: Mrs. Parker & Friends In The Garden Of Allah

Episode #44: Temples and Transformations

Episode #43: Arts & Crafts In The Arroyo

Episode #42: The Arts District, Then & Now

Episode #41: Conservation Codes & The Courthouse Crowd

Episode #40: A Tale of Two Bridges

Episode #39: Maps & Montezuma

Episode #38: Secrets of the Watts Towers

Episode#37: A Gypsy’s Palace in Downey (by way of Tunis)

Episode #36: Poets & Carpenters

Episode #35: The End of the Rainbow

Episode #34: Treasured Tomes & Train Tracks

Episode #33: Late Nights & Lost Lore

Episode #32: Ranchos & Rubber Plants

Episode #31: Free Speech & Forensic Science

Episode #30: Silversmiths & Silver Tongues

Episode #29: Typology & Typewriters

Episode #28: Miracle On Broadway & Ministering To The Masses

Episode #27: The Makers of Modern Los Angeles: Charles Fletcher Lummis & John Parkinson

Episode #26: Old L.A. Recipes: Baked Goods, Baked Clay and Beyond

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

Episode #24: Castles & Lofts

Episode #23: Growing a neighborhood: The educated user’s guide to The Arts District

Episode #22: Tiles, Exiles & Aerospace

Episode #21: Art on the Edge

Episode #20: Sacred Sites & Sacred Streets

Episode #19: Lyman Stewart’s Downtown Legacy: The Union Rescue Mission and BIOLA

Episode #18: Peeling Back The Layers of The Arts District

Episode #17: Hollywood Hotspots and Pomona Preserved

Episode #16: Death & Art Deco

Episode #15: Preserving Historic Los Angeles: On the Streets and In The Archives

Episode #14: From the Arroyo to the Riviera

Episode #13: Cowboys & Barflies

Episode #12: The Maltese Falcon & A Landmark In Chains

Episode #11: The Lugos & The Chandlers

Episode #10: The Rank & The Charismatic

Episode #9: Fante & Hammett

Episode #8: Temperance Temple & Two-Lane Blacktop

Episode #7: Jazz Age Los Angeles: Haberdashers and Hermetic Rites

Episode #6: Steve Jobs’ Great White Whale & Funky Folk Artists of Slab City

Episode #5: Books & Bulldozers

Episode #4: Swizzle Sticks & Secret Salons

Episode #3: Bunker Hill & Bones of Contention

Episode #2: Orange Groves & Outer Space

Episode #1: Hot Rods & Huell Howser

Latest Episode

Episode #106: Recreation and Restoration in the San Gabriel Valley

Join us this week as we talk with Brian Kite, managing partner at SRK Architects, about his 1994 restoration of the Spanish Colonial Revival masterpiece, Monterey Park’s tile-drenched El Encanto.

We’ll also speak with Miriam and Victoria Caldwell about their mother, Vilma, the El Monte girl whose 1950s youth was lived out on the razor’s edge, balanced between her Catholic faith and flamboyant nightspots like Clifton’s Cafeteria, where she worked as a professional camera girl. Vilma’s true L.A. story is revealed on Miriam’s blog, packed with vintage photos and frank diary entries.

We’ll also discuss the city’s review of new DASH bus routes, a recent Daily News feature on Southern California’s daffy programmatic buildings, the demolition of Marilyn Monroe’s former home despite a planned landmarking hearing, concerns about implementation of L.A. County’s new historic preservation ordinance, the destruction of the vintage Sassony Arcade sign on Broadway and the U.S. Department of Justice’s warning to L.A. against trying to criminalize homelessness. All this and more as Kim & Richard usher in the week of September 7th, 2015