HOME: Stories From L.A.
By Bill Barol
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What do we mean when we talk about home? A podcast from Bill Barol.
||Goodbye (for now)||HOME is going on an indefinite hiatus.||11/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 26: Going Tiny||HGTV and glossy magazines have sparked a boomlet of interest in tiny homes, but they’ve also made them look fun, cute and easy. The realities of a tiny lifestyle can be more daunting. Municipalities often don’t know what to make of tiny houses,||8/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 25: Lost Heroes and Miniature Histories||“The best historians in L.A. are storytellers. They’re gangsters in east L.A., they’re ex-cons, they’re guys who worked in their garage their whole life, they’re guys who’ve worked at one business for forty years,||8/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 24: Life, Death, Ego and Eternity||The original Forest Lawn Memorial Park, in the hills above Glendale, may be best known outside California for inspiring the sledgehammer satire of the 1965 cult comedy “The Loved One.” For tourists and curiosity-seekers,||7/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 23: The Last House On Mulholland||How will we live in 20 years? Or 50? Or 100? A one-of-a-kind, only-in-LA plot at the very end of Mulholland Highway inspired some of the world’s best designers to think hard about the home of the future, in Los Angeles and beyond.||7/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Update: Season 5 starts July 5||--||6/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Update: The Future of HOME||Join me, won’t you, as I peel back the curtain on this podcast and kick around some thoughts about its future. (TL;DR: I’m slowing the production cycle a bit to make the project sustainable over the long haul. New season is coming this spring. Also||2/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Update: New Season Coming||HOME is going on a between-seasons hiatus, but will return in the New Year. Sköl!||12/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 22: Kodachrome, Pt. 2||Who were we? How did we live, and what did it look like? The vast archive of castoff slides captures, in vivid colors, images of the American family at midcentury. But the stories that go with the pictures are most often lost,||12/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 21: Kodachrome, Pt. 1||Color slides were once the state of the art in family photography — vibrant, immersive, ubiquitous. So ubiquitous, in fact, that millions, maybe billions of them survive. This week it’s a conversation with midcentury pop culture expert Charles Phoen||11/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 20: Everything Must Go||Some stories don’t end when you think they do. Some stories just pause. And then they sneak back around and whap you across the back of your unsuspecting head. So here’s one I didn’t expect to revisit, although maybe I should have: Part 2 of Episo||11/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 19: Almost Utopia||Revisiting a Modernist future that never quite arrived, in the hills above Sunset Boulevard.||10/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 18: Cooking With Mihrette||What happens when you bring a kid from the other side of the world into your home forever? How does it change what home means to her? And to you? This week it’s the story of one mom, the daughter she chose,||8/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 17: Dancers In The House||How a roving, shifting company of artists is blowing up the idea of what home is and does.||8/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 16: TV Dreamland||When TV producer Phil Savenick started collecting vintage TVs and TV memorabilia, he didn’t anticipate that he’d end up with what he now calls a “dreamland of televisions” in the living room of his West Los Angeles home — or that he’d end up||8/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 15: Belushi, Bette and Beverly Hills||The process by which one place stops being home and another starts — it’s a mysterious thing. It happens, most often, when we’re not paying attention. And sometimes, as it did for comedy writer and transplanted East Coaster Janis Hirsch,||7/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 14: Rose, Mercedes and The Days Of The Dead||How do you get a dead lady out of your house? It helps if you have balloons, confetti and a hammer.||7/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 13: A Pod To Call Your Own||Not a hotel, not a dorm, not quite a hostel, open by design and communitarian in spirit — Los Angeles-based PodShare is something else. And, potentially, something bigger: An affordable way to foster community in a city that’s increasingly stratif||6/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Updates: New Season June 22, and Opening It Up To The Room||Here’s an audio update on the upcoming season. In extra bonus content — and let me stress that this is 100% free of cost to you, the home audience — I beg for your help! (That is, if you’re a social media or business development ninja.||6/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 12: Home With A Side of Fries||It looks like a Hopper painting plunked incongruously down on a busy commercial street in West Los Angeles — The Apple Pan, home to freshly-baked pies and what hamburger aficionado George Motz says may be the best burger in America.||4/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 11: The View From The Road||The crowning paradox of the touring comic’s life may be this: You have to leave home to make a name, but without the grounding and security of home you may not have anything to say. This week, three experienced comedians on striking the tricky balance||3/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 10: A Life At Sea, On Land||How far would you go to rescue the remains of a bygone world you’ve loved since you were a kid? Peter Knego went to Alang, India, and then did it again and again, to save what he could of the great ocean liners being scrapped there.||3/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 9: A Home Away From Home||Suppose you wanted to design a home away from home. What would you put in? What would you leave out? What kind of seating would you have? (Soft? Hard? Low? High?) What kind of tables — big working slabs or intimate little two-tops?||2/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 8: A Home, A Murder, A Mystery (or two)||Up in the manicured hills of Los Feliz, a neighborhood that boasts at least three famous murder houses, the one with the weirdest history may be the Perelson house… where, deep in the night of December 6, 1959,||2/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 7: Unmaking a Home||When an elderly parent dies after a long life of lovingly acquiring things, she leaves behind more than memories for her kids. She leaves something much more tangible: The things. So many, many things. Is it things that make a home? This week,||1/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Update: Season 2||Season 2 of HOME comes your way in January. Subscribe today and new episodes will automagically fly through the aether to you more or less the very second they’re released. And if you get a moment between now and the start of the new season to tell y||12/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 6: Ghosts of The Carlotta||The venerable Villa Carlotta — home to show business A-listers in the Golden Age, and later to a generation of young actors, writers and musicians — sits, a hollowed-out shell, on Hollywood’s Franklin Avenue.||11/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 5: Growing Up 818||There’s the San Fernando Valley, the one you can find on a map… and then there’s The Valley, the one that exists in the culture, whose notoriety far outstrips its size. How did that happen? How did it come to be that you can mention The Valley to||11/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 4: A Monk in Venice||Andy Puddicombe left college at 22 and spent a decade tramping the world before returning to the UK and landing, eventually, in Los Angeles. He’s lived in so many countries that he has trouble recalling them on demand. How did his travels,||10/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 3: One Man’s Town||This week it’s a story about Amboy, CA, a ghost town 30 miles from anywhere on the old Route 66, and the chicken magnate who’s spent a fortune trying to keep it from collapsing into the desert sand. Can Albert Okura really hold back both history an||10/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 2: In Their Room||On a warm May day in 2005 a crowd gathered near a freeway embankment in Hawthorne, CA and turned its gaze to a house that wasn’t there. Nobody knows where inspiration comes from — but was the little house that once stood at 3701 West 119th St.||9/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 1: The House On The Hill||Herman Stein contributed music to more than 200 films, including some of the 1950s’ best-known monster movies: Creature From The Black Lagoon, This Island Earth, It Came From Outer Space, The Mole People, Tarantula and The Incredible Shrinking Man.||9/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Episode 0: Introduction||A story about home, and place, and donuts. Music by: Mongo Santamaria (“Mother Jones”) Wintergatan (“Starmachine2000”) Roger Roger (“Slippery Sid”) Bobbi Humphrey (“Harlem River Drive”) Nick Jaina (“Man Without A Head”) Podington Bea||9/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Best new podcast I've heard in a long time, combining laser-sharp writing with audio engineering that is as good as anything you have heard out of the Radiotopia-verse. But what puts this over the top is the specificity of the mission: to chronicle startling, fresh tales from the most under appreciated city in the country. Recommended for anyone who top-notch storytelling, secret histories, and audio innovation
This may surprise you.
A podcast about home? In Los Angeles? I live in Portland, Oregon, what do I know from LA? And What do I care?
Was I wrong, and in a big way.
A home is a home anywhere, and it’s really about the people who inhabit these homes anyway, people like us and people not like us. There’s a universality to these stories that anyone can relate to, whether you are in LA, Portland, a suburb in Atlanta or a gulag in Siberia. So start off with this fascinating idea, look and listen inside the walls of these homes for the stories they tell and wrap it all together with a guy like Bill Barol, who as they say, can make the phonebook sound interesting and you end up with a great podcast. Give this a listen. You’ll be glad you did.
Like a warm comforter with a joy buzzer...
This podcast combines all the humanity of This American Life with a quick wit and compassionate eye to create something unique. It's like being invited into a neighbors house you never gave much notice to before only to find the owner has fascinating stories he's been waiting to tell you. By turns insightful and funny, comforting and surprising, it left me glad I was invited in.