Welcome to LA
By KCRW, David Weinberg
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Los Angeles is a city carved out of the desert – a conjured image of paradise. These are the stories of people who learn what lies beyond the dream – yacht parties with theremin makers that end on the rocks, low-budget filmmaking that blurs the...
||ExplicitPan's plans||Trevor Pan launched his architecture career by building his first building with his own hands in a barren patch of Arizona desert. It didn’t have running water or electricity, but it got him some attention in the architecture world and his career...||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Recruiter||Before he launched one of the most successful porn companies in America, Rob Navarro was a chart topping Christian rock star and the voice of Ronald McDonald. Then he got the help of a few good men from the U.S. Marine Corps.||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGrace of the Sea||Luis Gutierrez Sanchez, also known as "Grace of the Sea," had been living in a garage in South LA for six years. He sold bacon-wrapped, pineapple-stuffed hot dogs on a street corner a few blocks away to make a living. Miraculously good at finding...||6/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Case of the Missing Sprinkles||The Court TV genre started with a frustrated game show producer who pitched an idea that would make housewives’ fantasies come true. That show tanked. So instead he made “The People’s Court,” eventually creating a lucrative empire that feeds...||6/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBilal’s Calling||Tyreek Bilal has gone through many transformations in his life. He’s been a confidant to powerful celebrities, a husband to six wives, father to 20 children and a celibate religious scholar. Now he's taking a stand against changes at his...||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Grifter||When a suspicious couple and a former soap opera actress applied to rent an apartment, they wanted to deposit an entire year’s rent into the building owners bank account. But something wasn’t adding up.||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Paradise Motel||Kevin Gage was an actor who played villains in some of the biggest Hollywood action movies of the mid ‘90s to the early aughts. But in 2003 he was sentenced to three and a half years in federal prison. He tried to start a new life in Mexico but...||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitConcordance||Host David Weinberg moves to Los Angeles and on his first day in town ends up on a yacht, attending a birthday party for a Russian theremin builder and his musician friends. But their pleasure cruise turns disastrous and the party goers have to be...||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcome to LA Trailer||Drifters and dreamers in the great American mirage.||5/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
My New Favorite Podcast
I’ve been in Los Angeles for almost two years—long enough to have the city break and mend my heart. It may be one of the country’s great metropolises, but LA is also in many ways America’s last frontier: the place we fantasize we’ll go if we gather the courage to light out for the territories and begin again. The Dream Factory, as they say. And this podcast captures that place with nuance and insights as sharp and fine as a needle.
The show gives us LA as it truly is: a sprawling metropolis carved out of unforgiving country, where serendipity and deceit seem as oddly indigenous as the city’s concrete river. This place has become my home, despite its countless false promises. I love it. But I may love this podcast even more: Unlike the city it covers so well, “Welcome to LA” actually delivers everything you hope for.
In a world filled with news and true crime podcasts, this podcast has been the perfect palatte cleanser. It is BEAUTIFUL and compelling storytelling that makes you slow down while you listen. I find the writing so lovely because the host takes a small moment and digs in to the emotions and complexity of human existence.
This is the LA I know
I’ve lived in the LA area my entire life and this podcast captures the LA I know. Please don’t cancel it!!