Everyone has heard the story of Los Angeles stealing water. But what is lesser known is that a dam that was built to store water from the Owen sValley collapsed in 1928 resulting in the death of at least 600 people.
Two Stories of the California Dream (Episode 9)
In 1785, a group of Native Americans revolted against the Spanish at Mission San Gabriel. This episode tells the story of one of the members of the rebellion named Toypurina.
Q&A L.A.: What was L.A.'s first automobile? (Episode 34)
This episode discusses the origin of the names Azusa and Pasadena.
This episode tells the story of Mack Robinson, a silver medalist who came in second to Jesse Owens in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, as well as his relationship to his hometown of Pasadena.
Battlefield Los Angeles (Episode 14)
The Shooting of William Warren (Episode 7)
Hidden History of Los Angeles
L.A.'s Original Name (Episode 4)
On a mountain above Los Angeles, a group of astronomers at the Mount Wilson Observatory forever changed out understanding of the Universe.
With its concrete walls and customary meager flow of water, the L.A. River has often been derided as being ugly. So how did this river, which at one point served as the lifeblood of this community, become a glorified storm drain?
Naming Azusa and Pasadena (Episode 10)
Why are there huge holes in the ground of the 210 and 605 freeways in Irwindale? This episode answers the question while also exploring the history of Irwindale and how those holes are connected to the greater Los Angeles area.
Q&A L.A.: Why are there huge holes in the ground in Irwindale? (Episode 27)
This episode tells the story of Angels Flight, L.A.'s beloved funicular, and the effort to get it re-opened, including an interview with local historian Richard Schave.
Azusa Street Revival (Episode 2)
This episode tells the story behind L.A.'s first subway which operated between 1925 and 1955.
Angels Flight and an Interview with Richard Schave (Episode 28)
Why does the 2 freeway end abruptly in Echo Park? To answer the question, we must delve into the history of freeway development in Los Angeles and the world of L.A.'s never built freeways.
On the corner of Colorado Boulevard and Holliston Street in Pasadena stands a concrete tablet that looks like a tombstone. Even though it looks out of place, it is probably the oldest thing on that street corner - a long-lost ancestor of the navigation system on your phone. This episode tells the story.
An Interview with the musician Josh Nelson? (Episode 26)
Terrorism in Los Angeles (Episode 18)
Downey Block (Episode 8)
Toypurina (Episode 11)
Today, terrorism is a major concern in Los Angeles. But many Angelenos would likely be surprised to learn that L.A. has, in decades past, been the target of multiple terrorist attacks.
During the 1930s, a cafeteria owner named Clifford Clinton began an unlikely crusade against corruption in Los Angeles. This episode tells the story of Clifford Clinton.
Charlotta Bass was a trailblazing journalist and fierce advocate for civil rights, but few Angelenos have heard of her name. This episode tells the story.
This episode explores some of the times where Los Angeles has served as a battlefield.
In 1871, approximately 500 Angelenos, almost one tenth of the city's population, laid siege to L.A.'s original Chinatown and lynched 18 Chinese immigrants, making it the largest incident of mass lynshing in American history.
Clarence Darrow is probably best known as being the attorney in the Scopes Monkey Trial. But what is lesser known about Darrow is his connection with Los Angeles and how he represented two brothers accused of bombing the Los Angeles Times Building in 1910 before Darrow himself was put on trial for allegedly bribing a juror.
This episode tells the story behind a bizarre auction that occurred in downtown Los Angeles during the 1850s.
This episode explores the history of L.A.'s never built freeways.
The Hidden History of Los Angeles
The Triforium and an Interview with Tom Carroll (Episode 22)
Pentacostalism is a movement within Christianity which today has hundres of millions of followers around the globe. But what is lesser known is that the modern day Pentacostal movement traces its origins back to a street in the Little Tokyo section of Downtown Los Angeles.
Echo Park is the name of a park, lake and the neighborhood which surrounds it just north of downtown L.A. This episode looks into the origin of the name "Echo Park."
St. Francis Dam Disaster (Episode 5)
Q&A L.A.: Why are there peacocks in Arcadia? (Episode 25)
Pico Heights (Episode 30)
L.A. First Subway (Episode 19)
Clifford Clinton (Episode 12)
What is the oldest building in the City of Los Angeles? The answer is not as simple as you may think.
Origin of the name "Echo Park" (Episode 6)
This episode explores the story behind the namesake for Griffith Park and Griffith Observatory, Colonel Griffith J. Griffith.
The Hunt for Tiburcio Vasquez (Episode 20)
Q&A L.A.: Why does the 2 freeway end abruptly in Echo Park? (Episode 23)
This episode discusses the oldest and newest freeway in Los Angeles and what they tell us about the city.
Everyone knows that the name Los Angeles is Spanish in origin. But what is lesser known is that there is no agreement as to what the original name given to Los Angeles by its founders was back in 1781. This episode explores the debate over L.A.'s original name
The Triforium is a six-story, 60-ton public sculpture on the corner of Temple and Main Streets in downtown that was supposed to be a symbol of L.A.'s future. Unfortunately, technical problems plagued the project from the beginning and made it the subject of much ridicule. Now a group of L.A. enthusiasts want to restore the piece and realize the project's ambitious vision. This episode discusses the history of the Triforium and includes an interview with Tom Carroll, the creator and host of the web series "Tom Explores Los Angeles," who is involved in the restoration effort.
John Parkinson is L.A.'s most important, but often forgotten, architect.
Q&A L.A.: Why is the L.A. River so ugly? (Episode 31)
This episode tells the story of Tiburcio Vasquez, a bandit who was active throughout California during the mid-nineteenth century.
Colonel Griffith (Episode 17)
How does a well established Los Angeles neighborhood name disappear? This episode tells the story of Pico Heights.
The Cecil Hotel and an Interview with James Bartlett (Episode 32)
When was the first time a car rode the streets of Los Angeles? This episode tells the story.
This episode discusses an incident in 1855, when Los Angeles Mayor Stephen C. Foster took the law into his own hands.
Why are there peacocks in Arcadia? To answer the question, we must go back over a hundred years and learn about the founding of the City of Arcadia.
Clarence Darrow and the Bombing of the L.A. Times (Episode 1)
The Ten Block System for Numbering Country Houses (Episode 33)
The Chinese Massacre of 1871 (Episode 3)
Q&A L.A.: What is the oldest building in Los Angeles? (Episode 29)
A pocast which explores the lesser known aspects of Los Angeles History
In 1870, L.A.'s City Marshall, William Warren, was shot and killed, making him the first regularly employed L.A.P.D. officer to be killed in the line of duty. But Warren wasn't killed trying to stop a crime. Instead, he was killed by another L.A.P.D. officer in connection with a dispute over a reward for recovering a runaway Chinese prostitute. This episode tells the story of the shooting of William Warren.
Mack Robinson's Pasadena (Episode 24)
This episode tells two stories of the California Dream - a murder mystery and a mythical tale.
L.A.'s Never Built Freeways (Episode 13)
Mayor Foster (Episode 15)
Edward Kewen (Episode 21)
The Mount Wilson Observatory (Episode 36)
This episode tells the story of California's first Attorney General and L.A.'s seventh District Attorney, Edward Kewen.
Charlotta Bass (Episode 37)
This episode tells the story of one of the most notorious hotels in Los Angeles.
L.A.'s Oldest and Newest Freeway (Episode 16)
John Parkinson and an Interview with Stephen Gee (Episode 35)