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You Can’t Eat the Sunshine is the podcast of Esotouric, the offbeat Los Angeles company that turns the notion of guided sightseeing tours on its ear. Each month, 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.

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YCES in Quarantine Episode #138: Embedded with Kemal Cilengir Documenting the Black Lives Matter Protests in Los Angeles

Download Podcast Episode! You Can’t Eat the Sunshine returns with an all-new Quarantine format, inviting folks who are passionate about Los Angeles history and historic preservation to join us for a conversation about the places that matter more than ever, as much of Los Angeles shelters in place under Mayor Eric Garcetti’s "Safer At Home" directive.Our special guest on June 5th, 2020 is Kemal Cilengir, a street photographer and activist who has spent the past week running on adrenaline and fumes, documenting the Black Lives Matter protests in Los Angeles following the murder of George Floyd.If you’ve ever wondered what compels a regular Angeleno to charge into the heart of a chaotic and dangerous street protest, camera in hand, then tune in for a bare knuckles trip into the Spring 2020 action, from Downtown Los Angeles to the Fairfax District to Santa Monica--and back again to document the emotionally tough scenes of the morning after.Kemal loves his native Los Angeles,...
YCES in Quarantine Episode #137: Judson Studios’ 123 Years of Innovation in Stained Glass

YCES in Quarantine Episode #137: Judson Studios’ 123 Years of Innovation in Stained Glass

Download Podcast Episode! Welcome everyone, and thank you for listening to our podcast, You Can’t Eat The Sunshine, for the week of May 25th, 2020. We are on day 69 of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Safer At Home Directive. Our guest this week is Dave Judson, the 4th Generation owner-operator of Judson Studios, crafting stained glass in the Garvanza section of Highland Park since 1897. With most of the studio’s hands-on work paused by the coronavirus, we’ll talk with Dave about the recent release of...

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YCES in Quarantine Episode #136: The Larry Edmunds Bookshop & the (Nearly) Lost World of Hollywood Book & Memorabilia Dealers

YCES in Quarantine Episode #136: The Larry Edmunds Bookshop & the (Nearly) Lost World of Hollywood Book & Memorabilia Dealers

Download Podcast Episode! You Can’t Eat the Sunshine returns with an all-new Quarantine format, inviting folks who are passionate about Los Angeles history and historic preservation to join us for a conversation about the places that matter more than ever, as much of Los Angeles shelters in place under Mayor Eric Garcetti’s "Safer At Home " directive. Our special guests on May 8, 2020 are rare book dealer and historian Howard Prouty, Vintage Los Angeles curator Alison Martino and Jeff Mantor,...

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Episode #130: Once Upon A Time At Times Mirror Square

Episode #130: Once Upon A Time At Times Mirror Square

Download Podcast Episode! Join us this month as we talk with Harry Chandler about his family's newspaper empire and our upcoming Historic Cultural Monument hearing seeking to landmark the Los Angeles Times compound. We also visit with Carolyn Strickler, who was company historian and manager of the...

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Episode #127: Fighting For the Soul of Los Angeles

Download Podcast Episode! Join us this month as we talk with preservationist John Girodo about his struggles to preserve Hollywood’s historic built environment as that small neighborhood experiences hyper-gentrification. We’ll also visit with social justice advocate Adrian Riskin of...

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Episode #116: Miracle Mile and a Mid-Century Master

Listen to Episode #116! Download Podcast Episode! And we're back from hiatus! Join us this month as Alan Hess, architect and architectural historian, walks us through his Palos Verdes Art Center exhibition on Aaron G. Green's mid-century modern organic architecture.  We'll also visit with land use...

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Episode #114: Lures and Snares of Old Main Street

Listen to Episode #114! Download Podcast Episode! Join us this month as we talk with Jonathan Shaw, influential tattoo artist and novelist, as he shares his current projects, including the new exhibition and book documenting a century of tattoo flash art rescued from old school American ink...

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Episode #113: Pereira in Peril

Listen to Episode #113! Download Podcast Episode! In this special mid-month episode, we’ll talk with Alan Hess, architect and architectural historian, about the imminent threat to two important William L. Pereira buildings: the 1963 Metropolitan Water District headquarters on Sunset Boulevard just...

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Episode #112: Elysian Park Activists: Preserving Sacred Ground

Listen to Episode #112! Download Podcast Episode! Join us as talk with Michael Weinstein, President and co-founder of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, about his work in helping to establish the Chris Brownlie AIDS Hospice at Barlow Sanitarium in Elysian Park, the first such hospice in Los Angeles...

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Episode #111: The Wild World of Wallace Berman

Listen to Episode #111! Download Podcast Episode! Join us this time for a special episode dedicated to the influential Los Angeles artist Wallace Berman (1926-1976). Our guests are Hollywood gallerist Michael Kohn, who walks us through the retrospective exhibition “Wallace Berman—American...

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Episode #110: El Pueblo to ELA

Listen to Episode #110! Download Podcast Episode! Join us this week as we talk with Jean Bruce Poole, historic museum director of El Pueblo from 1977-2001. We’ll also visit with Don Swickard, whose family ran the Strand Theatre in East Los Angeles from 1930-1952. We’ll also discuss the...

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Episode #102: Strange Stones and Frizzled Flowers

Join us this week as we talk with Ansley Davies, Associate Curator for the Los Angeles County Department of Parks \& Recreation about the otherworldly Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park off Highway 14. We’ll also visit with Interpreter Jean Ryne of the California State Parks System to get...

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Episode #99: From the Desert to Art Deco

Join us this week as we talk with realtor Jack Nendel, President of Friends of The Historic Lafayette, about that former hotel in downtown Long Beach. We’ll also visit with Brian Kaiser, Southern California’s tile expert, as he recounts the rescue, restoration and prominent exterior...

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Episode #100: Arches & Aqueducts

Join us this week as we talk with Downey historian George Redfox about one of his city’s gems, the oldest surviving “golden arches” style McDonald’s drive-in restaurant. We’ll also talk with artist Kim Stringfellow about “After the Aqueduct,” a multimedia...

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Episode #99: From the Desert to Art Deco

Join us this week as we talk with realtor Jack Nendel, President of Friends of The Historic Lafayette, about that former hotel in downtown Long Beach. We’ll also visit with Brian Kaiser, Southern California’s tile expert, as he recounts the rescue, restoration and prominent exterior...

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Episode #97: Citrus, Books and Air Rights

Join us this week as we talk with Bill Martinet, a retired employee of the Sunkist corporation, about the year he spent working in the gorgeous, now-demolished Sunkist Building (1935) opposite L.A.‘s Central Library. We’ll also visit with Donald Spivack, former Deputy Chief of...

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Episode #95: Fantastical Architecture of Old Los Angeles

Join us this week as we talk with Ansley Davies, Associate Curator in Planning and Development for the County of Los Angeles’ Department of Parks and Recreation, about the extraordinary collection of architectural features at East L.A.‘s City Terrace Park, including a Mid-Century...

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Episode #94: Grand Ave. & Grand Visions

Join us this week as we talk with Donald Spivack, former Deputy Chief of Operations and Policy for the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles, about Bunker Hill’s Grand Avenue and its multiple reinventions over the past four decades. We’ll also visit with Jon Christensen, editor...

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Episode #92: Preservation On The Waterfront

Join us this week as Louise Ivers, Long Beach architectural historian and preservationist, pays last respects to a pair of Mid-Century Modern Long Beach municipal structures facing imminent demolition: the Port of Long Beach Administration Building and the County Court House. Along for the trip is...

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Episode #91: Lost Long Beach & Cosmic Los Angeles

Join us this week as we visit with Louise Ivers, Long Beach architectural historian and preservationist, for an overview of that city’s rich and quickly disappearing architectural legacy. We’ll also talk with writer Steffie Nelson about the people and ideas that have helped shape her...

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Episode #90: Guest Books & Grid Lock

Join us this week as we visit with amateur historian Dennis Harbach, who has recently completed the herculean project of identifying almost all the names inscribed in the guestbook at Charles Fletcher Lummis’ historic Highland Park home, El Alisal. We’ll also talk with Jeremiah...

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Episode #89: A Riverside Architecture Road Trip

Join us this week as we visit with Steve Lech, historian and docent with the Mission Inn Foundation, to learn about that hotel’s rich history, which dates back more than a century. We’ll also talk with Erin Gettis, Principal Planner and City Historic Preservation Officer for the City...

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Episode #87: An Afternoon in Orange & Anaheim

Join us this week as we head south to Orange County, where we’ll talk with Cynthia Ward about the pleasures and challenges she’s experienced as a Trustee of the historic Anaheim Cemetery. We’ll also visit with archivist Angel Diaz to learn about her work with the...

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Episode #86: San Gabriel Valley Visionaries

Join us this week as we visit with Scott Rubel to get the story of his uncle Michael’s Rubel Castle, a breathtaking folk art environment in Glendora. We’ll also visit with Mitchell Crawford, who recalls his family’s San Gabriel Valley retail empire, including the legendary...

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Episode #85: Mapping Los Angeles

Join us this week as we talk with Tim Whalen, Director of the Getty Conservation Institute, about the decade of work the Institute and the city's Office of Historic Resources have spent creating SurveyLA, an online framework for cataloging historic resources across Los Angeles. We'll also visit...

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Episode #82: Steaks & Suburbia

Join us as we talk with the irrepressible Myllie Taylor, Boyle Heights native daughter, about her suburban adventures in the newly-formed community of La Mirada in the early 1960s. We’ll also visit with Louis Alvarez, managing partner of the Sycamore Inn in Rancho Cucamonga, a venerable...

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Episode #81: The Printed Page & Silver Screen

Join us this week as we visit again with Emma Roberts, Rare Books librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library, as part of an ongoing guided tour of some of the gems in her care. We’ll also talk with Richard Adkins, past-President of Hollywood Heritage, about the how a series of owners have...

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Episode #80: Curating & Hoarding: Preservation in Action

Join us this week as we talk with Ellen Calomiris, Executive Director of the historic Rancho Los Cerritos in Long Beach, about the past three decades of curatorial strategies for preserving and interpreting this time capsule of California’s Rancho days. We’ll also visit with the Los...

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

Join us this week as we talk with Bunker Hill native son Gordon Pattison about his childhood memories of Angels Flight, the neighborhood’s iconic incline railroad. We’ll also talk with Donald Spivack, former Deputy Chief of Operations and Policy for the Los Angeles Community...

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Episode #76: Let There Be…Hollywood!

Join us this week as we visit with Richard Adkins, past-President of Hollywood Heritage, for insights into the early years of the legendary Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, home of the first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929. We’ll also talk with April Dammann, about Exhibitionist: Earl Stendahl, Art...

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Episode #74: Bibles & Rotisserie Chicken

Join us this week as we talk with Albert Okura, founder of Southern California’s rotisserie chicken restaurant chain Juan Pollo, and self-proclaimed “fast food king” of the Inland Empire, to learn about his 50-year-plan for success and musings on the mercurial nature of the industry. We’ll also...

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

Join us this week as we visit with Rev. Andy Bales, CEO of the Union Rescue Mission, for an update on the humanitarian and public policy crisis facing Skid Row. We’ll also talk with Cal State Los Angeles History Professor Mark Wild about Garfield Bromley Oxnam, a Methodist Minister who came to...

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Episode #72: West Hollywood Preservationists Arise

Join us this week as we talk with preservation advocate Kate Eggert about the grave threat facing two notable West Hollywood buildings, a 1938 Wurdman & Beckett Streamline Moderne animal hospital and a 1959 Barry Berkus Mid-Century Modern office building. We’ll also visit with architect...

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Episode #71: Bunker Hill: Then & Now

Join us this week as we talk with Gordon Pattison in a food court in the Wells Fargo Plaza—the site of his beloved childhood neighborhood, which was leveled in the early 1960s for the Bunker Hill Redevelopment Project. We’ll also visit with downtown’s coolest senior citizens,...

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Episode #70: We Are Wyvernwood

Join us as we focus on the Boyle Heights community that has rallied to protect the Wyvernwood Garden Apartments (David J. Witmer and Loyall F. Watson, 1939) from threatened redevelopment. We’ll hear from Cal State Los Angeles professor Bidhan Roy, community activist Rigo Amavizca and poet...

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Episode #69: Rails & Remainders

Join us this week as we talk with Bob Adjemian about his golden youth clerking at the legendary Pickwick Bookshop on Hollywood Boulevard. We’ll also visit with Brian Kaiser, Southern California’s tile expert, to explore the design and manufacture of the tile for Union Station, the last...

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Episode #68: Poppies & Poetry

Join us this week as we visit with State Parks Ranger Jean Rhyne for her tips for exploring nature in the Antelope Valley this summer. Then we’ll dip down to Long Beach, where poet-machinist Fred Voss shares the early morning fantasies of his 4th Street commute. We’ll also discuss the...

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Epispode #67: Berlin & Bukowski

Join us this week as dip down to Long Beach where Kerstin Kansteiner shares the inspiration behind her popular establishments Portfolio Coffeehouse and Berlin Bistro.  We'll also visit with poet Joan Jobe Smith to hear about her mentor Charles Bukowski and how her writer's voice has evolved...

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Episode #66: Architecture & Archives

Join us this week as we talk with City Archivist Michael Holland about more exciting relics from Los Angeles’ past he’s uncovered in “The Vault.” We’ll also visit with author Stephen Gee to hear about Union Station’s 75th anniversary and its architect, recently...

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Episode #65: Gnocchi & Knowing

Join us this week as we visit with the colorful Antonio Pellini, whose Eatalian Café is a culinary oasis in industrial Gardena. We’ll also talk with Swami Atmatatvenanda about the mystic British writer Gerald Heard’s time at the venerable Vedanta Society ashram in Hollywood....

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Episode #64: Good, God & Guillotines

Join us this week as we talk with Cathee Shultz, who with her husband J.D. runs the eclectic and macabre Museum of Death in Hollywood. We’ll also visit with Bob Adjemian, manager of the Vedanta Press, to learn about the writer Christopher Isherwood’s abiding influence on the Press and...

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Episode #63: Secrets of the Alleys & Valley

Join us this week as we talk with the magnificently mustachio’d historian Paul Greenstein about the old Llano del Rio colony in the Antelope Valley and its upcoming May Day centennial celebration. We’ll also visit with Chris Nichols to learn about “Bowlarama,” his...

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Episode # 62: Biodynamics & Yiddishkeit

Join us this week as we visit with Altadena’s own compost guru, Tim Dundon, for a mind-expanding primer on how to get composting in your own backyard (or balcony) in no time. We’ll also talk with Professor Paul Rood about the surprising Jewish influence on BIOLA, Downtown LA’s...

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Episode #61: Poppies, Death & Noir

Join us this week as we drop by City Hall, the most iconic Film Noir location in Los Angeles, to talk with poet and educator Suzanne Lummis about the Poetry Noir genre and National Poetry month. We’ll also visit with Ranger Jean Rhyne of the California State Park Service to get her personal...

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Episdode #60: Neff & Noir

Join us this week as we talk with Gail Pierce of the Historic Neff House in La Mirada, the childhood home of architect Wallace Neff. We also visit with poet Cece Peri to discuss the origins and techniques of that most cinematic literary genre, Poem Noir. We’ll also discuss the unfortunate...

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Episode #59: The Future Of Sidewalks & Old Buildings

Join us this week as we talk with Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, Urban Planning Professor and an Associate Dean at the Luskin School of Public Affairs, about the sidewalks and other public spaces of Los Angeles, the challenges they face and the promise they hold. We’ll also visit with Anna...

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Episode #57: Steel, Glass and Guns

Join us this week as we slip into the Bradbury Building and find actress Dale Raoul lurking on a mezzanine, in the mood to muse on April’s Poem Noir-themed LAVA Sunday Salon, and the poems of fellow Salon presenter Suzanne Lummis. We’ll also visit with Brian Kaiser, Southern...

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Episode #56: Crossing over: Death & Bridges

Join us this week as we talk with Cathee Shultz, who with her husband J.D. runs the eclectic and macabre Museum of Death in Hollywood. We’ll also visit with Southern California tile expert Brian Kaiser to discover the fascinating history of John Roebling & Sons, the family business that...

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

Join us this week as we talk with historian Jim Dawson about his book “Los Angeles’s Bunker Hill: Pulp Fiction’s Mean Streets and Film Noir’s Ground Zero!” and how this lost neighborhood has infiltrated the collective consciousness of film buffs the world over....

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Episode #54: Los Angeles’ Roots Run Deep

Join us this week as we talk with Marc Chevalier, historian of the Oviatt Building, about debunking myths and bringing L.A.‘s past back to life. We’ll also visit with Terence Eagen, who is restoring Henry Huntington’s century-old “faux bois” (artificial wood) arbors...

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Episode #52: The Golden Age of Hollywood & Salvation

Join us this week as we talk with Jackie Miller of Sister Aimee Semple McPherson’s Heritage Center on Echo Park about the celebrated evangelist’s motion picture connections, including Charlie Chaplin’s mentorship and her friendship with the young Anthony Quinn. We’ll also...

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Episode #51: Cosmic Consciousness & Compost

Join us this week as we talk with historian Don Lattin about the British expatriate writers Gerald Heard & Aldous Huxley and their work with Eastern Mysticism and psychedelics. We’ll also pay a visit to Tim Dundon, aka Zeke The Sheik, Altadena’s composting master and...

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Episode #50: Cowboys, Indians, & Railroad Magnates

Join us this week as we talk with Dan Lewis, Chief Curator of Manuscripts at the Huntington Library, about “Remarkable Works, Remarkable Times,” the permanent installation in the Library’s newly renovated Exhibit Hall. We’ll also visit with Justin, an artist who works in the Los...

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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,...

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Episode #48: Charisma & Magic

Join us this week as we talk with Gale Banks, the guru of high-performance automotive turbo-charging, about his time as a child prodigy on the Southern California evangelical circuit in the 1950s. We’ll also visit with Craig Berry of the Star Sapphire Lodge of the Ordo Templi Orientis, for...

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Episode #47: The Europeans Take Hollywood

Join us this week as we talk with actor/producer Paul Sand about his “Song Story” of Brecht-Weill tunes, a 1920’s German, waterfront cabaret act with pretty girls, and handsome men singing songs of revenge, murder and broken hearts at the far Western edge of the Santa Monica...

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

Join us this week as we talk with novelist Martin Turnbull about the celebrated and much lamented Garden of Allah, from its humble beginnings as a fixer-upper for silent screen star Alla Nazimova to its halcyon days as club house for the Hollywood “Smart Set” to its demolition in 1959....

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Episode #44: Temples & Transformations

Join us this week as we visit with Jackie Miller, historian at the Parsonage of Sister Aimee Semple McPherson, about the design and construction of the monumental Angelus Temple which opened on New Year’s Day, 1923 at the north end of Echo Park. We’ll also talk with Tom Rothmann, the...

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Episode #43: Arts & Crafts In The Arroyo

Join us this week as we talk with Dave Judson, the 5th generation proprietor of the Judson stained glass studios (founded 1895) about the rich legacy of the Arroyo Guild of Craftsmen and its role in the Southern California Arts & Crafts movement. We’ll also visit with Frank Gallagher, a...

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Episode #42: The Arts District, Then & Now

Join us this week as we talk with Carolyn Paxton, proprietor of Urban Radish, about the inspirations behind her new gourmet market in the Arts District. We’ll also visit with curator Terry Ellsworth to get a cross-section of life at the corner of Traction & Hewitt in the late 1980s, when...

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Episode #41: Conservation Codes & The Courthouse Crowd

Join us this week as we talk with Ken Bernstein, Manager of the Office of Historic Resources of the City of Los Angeles, about that organization and its creation and oversight of the city’s Historic Preservation Overlay Zones. We’ll also visit with Tom Sitton, Curator Emeritus of the...

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Episode #40: A Tale of Two Bridges

This week we visit with Michael Holland, acting City Archivist, as he unearths civic treasures from deep in the vault, among them early photos of the soon-to-be-demolished 6th Street Viaduct. We’ll also talk with Kevin Mulcahy of RAC Design Build Studios about his daring proposal to save a...

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Episode #39: Maps & Montezuma

Join us this week as we talk with LA Public Library map librarian Glenn Creason about the resources the collection can offer the curious urban researcher. Then we dip down to San Diego, for a visit with Louise Torio, board chair of the Friends Of the Villa Montezuma, to learn about an astonishing...

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Episode #38: Secrets of the Watts Towers

Join us this week as we focus on the Watts Towers, a unique folk art environment in south Los Angeles. We’ll visit with conservator Sylvia Dorsch to learn about the work the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has undertaken to stabilize and strengthen the site. Then we’ll talk with tile...

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Episode#36: Poets & Carpenters

Join us this week as we talk with Los Angeles poet Suzanne Lummis about poetry in the Southland, from her grandfather Charles Fletcher Lummis’ day to Charles Bukowski’s and into the present. We’ll also visit with Patricia Adler-Ingram, Executive Director of the Southern...

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

Join us this week as we focus on the history of the landmark Parley Johnson House in Downey. We’ll visit with Florence Towers, President of the Downey Assistance League, to learn about the League’s stewardship of the 1927 Spanish Colonial Revival hacienda, which was designed by Roland...

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Episode #35: The End of the Rainbow

Join us this week as we talk with longtime Downtown LA resident Terry Ellsworth about the deep sense of community he found while living in the American Hotel in the Arts District. We’ll also visit with “Big John” Maljevic, who shares his father’s astonishing life story, a...

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Episode #34: Treasured Tomes & Train Tracks

Join us this week as we talk with Rare Books Librarian Emma Roberts about some unusual gems in the Los Angeles Public Library’s collection. We’ll also visit with Ken Bernstein, Head of the Office of Historic Resources for the City of Los Angeles, to explore the symbiotic relationship...

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Episode #33: Late Nights & Lost Lore

Join us this week as we visit with pioneering Downtown restaurateur Judith Markoff Hansen about her remarkable journey opening Gorky’s at 8th & San Julian in 1981. We’ll also visit with acting City Archivist, Michael Holland, for an introduction to the hidden treasures waiting to...

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Episode #32: Ranchos & Rubber Plants

Join us this week as we visit with Alison Bruesehoff, Executive Director of the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum, to talk about 18th century rancho life and the site’s prominent role in early California aviation. Then we meet Southern California’s tile expert, Brian Kaiser, at the former...

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Episode #31: Free Speech & Forensic Science

Join us this week as we talk with Cal State Los Angeles history professor Mark Wild about his research into the contentious world of street speaking in early 20th century L.A. Then we cross the campus to visit the laboratories of the Criminalistics Department, for a glimpse into the cutting edge...

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Episode #30: Silversmiths & Silver Tongues

Join us this week as we visit with raconteur and West Hollywood nightclub owner John Maljevic, to talk about his fifty-year friendship with the celebrated Western silversmith Charlie Sample. We’ll also sit down with Mike the PoeT (aka Mike Sonksen) to get the scoop on his new poems and new...

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Episode #29: Typology & Typewriters

Join us this week as we talk with J. Scott Smith about his 29 Palms photographic series, celebrating the varied beauty of Southern California’s palm trees. We’ll also visit with performance artist Tim Youd, while he types a Charles Bukowski novel in the bed of a rented pickup truck...

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

Join us this week as we talk with Paul Rood, Professor of Political Science at Biola University, and biographer of one of Los Angeles’ great philanthropists, Union Oil man Lyman Stewart. We’ll also talk with Donald Spivack, former Deputy Chief of Operations and Policy for the Los...

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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...

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Episode #24: Castles & Lofts

Join us this week as we talk with Elaine, caretaker for evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson’s 1920s Moorish castle in Lake Elsinore, about the building’s history, design and role as Sister Aimee’s cherished retreat from the limelight. We’ll also visit with Donald Spivack,...

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Episode #22: Tiles, Exiles & Aerospace

Tune in to Episode 22 of the Esotouric podcast as we talk with Southern California tile expert Brian Kaiser about the German exile culture that flourished amidst the lovely tiles of the Villa Aurora in Pacific Palisades. We’ll also visit with retired National Guard Lt. Col. Tom Lasser, to...

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Episode #21: Art on the Edge

Tune in to Episode 21 of the Esotouric podcast as we talk with Peggy Ronning, curator of the Antelope Valley Indian Museum, about the museum’s fascinating origins as a Hollywood set decorator’s fantasy getaway, his controversial collecting methods, and how the State Parks Service is...

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Episode #20: Sacred Sites & Sacred Streets

Tune in to Episode Twenty of the Esotouric podcast as we talk with Phyllis Comstock about Tomo-Kahni near Tehachapi, the historic winter home of the Kawaiisu tribe and one of the most remarkable parks in the California State Park system. We’ll also visit with artist Jori Johnson to discuss...

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

Tune in to Episode Eighteen of the Esotouric podcast as we sit down with two artists about their site-specific artwork in downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District. Photographer Irving Greines has spent the past ten years documenting the layers and transformations of the poster-covered east wall...

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Episode #17: Hollywood Hotspots and Pomona Preserved

Tune in to Episode Seventeen of the Esotouric podcast as we visit with John Maljevic, manager of nightclubs in West Hollywood’s wild and golden age. We’ll also talk with Mickey Gallivan, Executive Director of the Historical Society of Pomona Valley, about the architectural gems in her...

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Episode #16: Death & Art Deco

Tune in to Episode Sixteen of the Esotouric podcast as we sit down with historian Marc Chevalier to debunk myths about the Oviatt Building and its influence on the American Art Deco style. We’ll also talk with Professor Don Johnson of Cal State L.A.‘s Criminalistics Department, for a...

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Episode #14: From the Arroyo to the Riviera

Tune in to Episode Fourteen of the Esotouric podcast as we talk with Jessica Holada, curator for the current Occidental College Library book arts exhibit, Where Bohemians Gathered, about early 20th century literary culture in North East Los Angeles. Then we’ll visit with our dear friend and...

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Episode #13: Cowboys & Barflies

Tune in to Episode Thirteen of the Esotouric podcast as we talk with filmmaker Alina Skrzeszewska about her work capturing a vanishing neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles’ Skid Row. Well also visit with the much beloved Ruth Ann Dome, dispatcher for the bus company we work with, and learn...

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

Join us as we talk, yet again, with Julie Rivett, Dashiell Hammett’s granddaughter, about the Flintcraft Parable in the “Maltese Falcon,” a piercing mediation on the sublime and the banal which co-exist at the core of human nature. We’ll also visit with Kevin Bash, architectural...

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Episode #11: The Lugos & The Chandlers

Join us as we visit with Vince Lugo, direct linear descent of Don Antonio Maria Lugo, whose 19th century Spanish Land Grant helped define Southern California. Vince will talk about his family and his father’s pride and joy, San Gabriel’s beloved—and recently...

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Episode #10: The Rank & The Charismatic

Tune in to Episode Ten of the Esotouric podcast as we talk with Gale Banks, holder of many land speed racing records, about Harvey’s Broiler in Downey, custom car culture and the evolution of California’s creative engine. We’ll also talk with Jackie Miller, who is the curator of...

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Episode #9: Fante & Hammett

Tune in to Episode Nine of the Esotouric podcast as we talk with Dan Fante, poet, playwright, and novelist about Los Angeles, the creative process, fathers and sons and his new memoir. We’ll also talk with Julie Rivett, grand daughter of Dashiell Hammett, about her grandfather’s...

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Episode #8: Temperance Temple & Two-Lane Blacktop

Tune in to Episode Eight of the Esotouric podcast as we talk with Marcia Harris, living history docent at Rancho Los Cerritos, about Fanny Bixby Spencer, an early 20th century suffragette, teetotaler, social reformer, and Long Beach’s own inspirational firebrand—the subject of her new book....

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Episode #5: Books & Bulldozers

Tune in to Episode Five of the Esotouric podcast as we talk with Michael Dawson, of Dawson’s Book Shop-a Los Angeles institution since 1905-about his work on the newly-published photo book `William Reagh, A Long Walk Downtown,’‘ which chronicles the destruction of 19th century...

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Episode #4: Swizzle Sticks & Secret Salons

Tune in to Episode Four of the Esotouric podcast as we talk with Dwain Carlo Crum, LAVA's Visionary of the Year for 2013, world traveller and blogger, about the hidden gems of the San Gabriel Valley and the stewardship of swizzle stick collections. We’ll also check in with Terry Ellsworth,...

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Episode #3: Bunker Hill & Bones of Contention

Tune in to Episode Three of the Esotouric podcast as we visit with Gordon Pattison, who grew up on old Bunker Hill in the Castle and the Salt Box, the last two Victorians to stand in the way of the CRA’s Bunker Hill Redevelopment Project in the late 1960s. Gordon experiences a return of childhood...

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Episode #2: Orange Groves & Outer Space

In our latest podcast for the week of January 28th, 2013, we interview Jerry Blackburn of the Aerospace Legacy Foundation about the demolition last month of the last remaining workshops and assembly rooms from the former Downey Space Plant. These were spaces where the command module for the Apollo...

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Episode #1: High Performance & Huell Howser

Tune in for our inaugural podcast and catch up on High Performance, Hot Rods, Aerospace, and Rat Fink with Gale Banks, and Mike the Poet’s. eulogy to Huell Howser. And as always, cull tidbits from Kim & Richard’s wrap up of the week for January 21st, 2013. Closely Watched Trains...

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