Welcome to Vinci, a podcast about True Detective
By KPCC 89.3 | Southern California Public Radio
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HBO’s True Detective is a drama steeped in crime and mystery, but it’s also a show that made the Louisiana bayou a character as unforgettable as Rust Cohle or Marty Hart. The show comes to California for its second season and stars Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn. In this podcast, the journalists of Southern California Public Radio tell you what real-life stories in and around Los Angeles inspired creator Nic Pizzolatto as he wrote the script for the new season. Go behind the scenes of the locations featured and get hints about what’s to come.
||CleanThis is where it ends||The main characters go hurtling across California as season two comes to an end. We'll take you to the big trees, a place really called "Dry Soggy Lake and Southern California's newest transit hub, seen for the first time on screen in "True Detective."||8/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDead, hiding or on fire||Officer Paul Woodrugh and State Attorney Katherine Davis are dead as we careen towards the final episode. Hear from Michael Hyatt, the actor who played Davis, about how secretive the show was with its scripts and why she's often cast in crime dramas. Plus Grantland's Chris Ryan and Tom Explores Los Angeles.||8/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSanta Muerte, sex party history and the LA Riots||Tonight's episode has lots of ties to real L.A. history. We'll talk about legendary Hollywood orgies and girls, girls, girls with Karina Longworth. We'll also go to a real life Santa Muerte temple in LA to hear about why the darker characters of "True Detective" are name-checking this spirit. And we watch with Matt Gourley of "I Was There Too" who starts thinking about the LA riots, "Eyes Wide Shut" and Mt Baldy.||7/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMoving day||We'll talk about Frank Semyon's modest new house in Glendale and go deep on the long, sordid history of high speed rail in California.||7/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLocation, location, location||There is a field of wooden stakes with pink ribbons. A bar where the Velcoro men like to drink and talk. A mansion where Frank Semyon stylishly plots. These are all real places in Southern California and we have tracked them down with the help of Caleb Duffy, one of the masterminds behind "True Detective's" locations for this season. Also, we knock on Detective Ray Velcoro's door and interview the lovely person who answers. We've also mapped more locations here: http://projects.scpr.org/maps/welcome-to-vinci/||7/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGood old police days||Detective Ray Velcoro lives and we talk to a real LA trauma surgeon about how it could have happened. Plus a cultural history of cops from Tom Explores Los Angeles and author Joe Domanick brings an LAPD history lesson covering Daryl Gates, decades of corruption and why "there ain't no PD anymore."||7/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShotgun talk||Ray Velcoro got two in the chest from someone in a crow mask. We wanted to know what the chances are that we'll see him in the next episode. So we asked a man who knows guns, bullets and death.||6/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVinci plays itself||Did Det. Ray Velcoro just die? We talk to creative director Patrick Clair and photographer David Maisel about the show's opening sequence. Plus, Tom Explores Los Angeles explains Vernon's (short) history in pop culture. Real-life city manager and author D. J. Waldie tells us what looks real and what doesn't in the show. And where is the microwave radio-relay skyway in the show?||6/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExtra: Are goons a real thing?||Reporting on Vernon, the city that inspires parts of Vinci in "True Detective, could be a profession that brings you the wrong kind of attention.||6/25/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat the F is Vinci?||In the new season of HBO's noir TV series, Colin Farrell's Det. Ray Velcoro works for the fictional city of Vinci, a city with a lot of secrets. We take a look at its real-life inspiration. (Spoilers!)||6/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKPCC's new 'True Detective' podcast about California||When we heard the second season of True Detective was set to take place in Southern California, our ears started burning - one of HBO's best shows is in our back yard!||6/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Informative and Professional
It's been a few years since I lived in L.A., but it's good to see that KPCC is still turning out quality product.
This isn't your standard fan podcast where a couple of guys sit in a living room and talk about internet theories and hot message board debates.
The first episode of WELCOME TO VINCI gives a very well put together discussion of the real life inspirations and history behind Season 2 of True Detective, which is not only a great companion to the series (giving listeners more in-depth context for the show) but is also just a fascinating discussion of a chapter in California's history.
Kudos all around to WELCOME TO VINCI's staff.
Best True Detective Podcast Out There...Trust Me, I've Checked
Wonderful companion podcast to the show True Detective. Unlike many TV podcasts, which simply summarize the show, this podccast relates the show to other stories, ideas, or topics. Very enjoyable and intersting.
The podcast we deserve
I was a huge fan of season one of True Detective, but a bit skeptical of how "good" season two could be, given the casting news and then the early reviews. After episode one though, I'm in. I was pleasantly surprised and think we TD fans can look forward to a solid season. So, with a lot of negative criticism from some other podcasts and websites, I was having trouble finding an outlet that shared my newfound enthusiasm for the show and the world it's set in. A lot of premature negativity and unfair comparison with season one out there. It's early, but I think Welcome to Vinci is the answer I was looking for. Not a recap and review podcast, but one that examines the settings and context of the show and will enrich the viewing experience. I can't wait to hear more.
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