The Hidden History of Los Angeles podcast explores the lesser known aspects of L.A. history. Contrary to the commonly held belief that L.A. does not have any history, Los Angeles has a rich and colorful history. You just have to dig a little deeper to find it.
This episode tells the story behind a grave site in Altadena.โดย Robert Petersen
This episode features an interview with historian William Deverell regarding his latest book, "Kathy Fiscus: A Tragedy That Transfixed The Nation."โดย Robert Petersen
Dootsie Williams was a trailblazing black music executive and entrepreneur who left an impact on the music industry and his community.โดย Robert Petersen
This episode features an interview with Catherine Auman about her book "Guide to Spiritual L.A.: The Irreverent, the Awake, and the True."โดย Robert Petersen
This episode features an interview with Martha Gonzalez, lead singer of the L.A. band Quetzal, about her book "Chicana Artivistas: Music, Community, and Transborder Tactics in East Los Angeles."โดย Robert Petersen
This episode features an interview with Andrea Richards and Teena Apeles about their book "We Heart L.A. Parks," a coloring and activity book for all ages.โดย Robert Petersen
This episode features an interview with Jason Horton about his book "Abandoned and Historic Los Angeles: Neon and Beyond."โดย Robert Petersen
This episode features an interview with historian Nathan Marsak regarding his new book "Bunker Hill Los Angeles."โดย Robert Petersen
With a short trip into the mountains near Los Angeles, in Big Santa Anita Canyon, you can step back in time to the Great Hiking Era of the early 20th century. This episode also features an interview with Maggie Moran, owner of Adams Pack Station, regarding the current situation in the canyon after the Bobcat Fire.…
This episode explores the history behind one of L.A.'s most famous streets, Rodeo Drive.โดย Robert Petersen
This episode features an interview with D.J. Waldie about his new book "Becoming Los Angeles: Myth, Memory, and a Sense of Place.โดย Robert Petersen
This episode explores the time Malcolm X spent in Los Angeles, which included a high speed car chase on the freeway, an assassination attempt, and an L.A.P.D. shooting.โดย Robert Petersen
This episode explores the origin of the name Wilshire Boulevard.โดย Robert Petersen
This episode features an interview with Jon Wiener regarding his new book, Set the Night on Fire: L.A. in the Sixties, which he co-authored with Mike Davis. The book provides a comprehensive history of the civil rights movement in Los Angeles during the 1960s.
This episode features an interview with Casey Schreiner regarding his new book "Discovering Griffith Park: A Local's Guide."โดย Robert Petersen
Carol Kaye is a Los Angeles musician you have definitely heard, but likely haven't heard of.โดย Robert Petersen
This episode features an interview with Susan Phillips about her book The City Beneath: A Century of Los Angeles Graffiti.โดย Robert Petersen
This episode examines Disney history in Los Angeles and features an interview with Chris Nichols about his book Walt Disney's Disneyland.โดย Robert Petersen
What can a country song about driving on Los Angeles freeways tell us about our city? This episode examines Guy Clark's song L.A. Freeway and the city's connection to country music.โดย Robert Petersen
The episode features an interview with Josh Kun about his latest book, The Autograph Book of L.A.โดย Robert Petersen
Anaheim investigator Julissa Trapp is not like other detectives. She’s the only woman on the homicide squad, and a skilled chameleon: undercover cop in vice stings, crime-scene commander, patient confidante of killers. A master interrogator, she invokes her personal experience – and deepest griefs -- as a tool to elicit confessions. When a young wo…
The fourth season of KCET's Emmy winning documentary series Lost LA premieres October 15 so I sat down with the show's host, writer and L.A. historian Nathan Masters, to talk about the show and upcoming season.โดย Robert Petersen
On Mills Place in Old Town Pasadena there is a historical plaque which doesn't tell the whole story.โดย Robert Petersen
From the partnership that brought you Dirty John, comes Man in the Window. Pulitzer prize winning reporter Paige St. John investigates The Golden State Killer, and traces his path of devastation through the eyes of his victims. Listen now at wondery.fm/hiddenhistory
This episode explores the lesser-known Los Angeles movies and features an interview with Phoef Sutton and Mark Jordan Legan of the podcast Film Freaks Forever.โดย Robert Petersen
There are thousands of miles of freeway soundwalls across the United States, but their origin can be traced to Los Angeles.โดย Robert Petersen
Eric Dolphy was a multi-instrumentalist jazz virtuoso who played with the likes of John Coltrane and Charles Mingus. And he grew up in Los Angeles.โดย Robert Petersen
An interview with David Kipen about his book Dear Los Angeles: The City in Diaries and Letters, 1542 to 2018.โดย Robert Petersen
This episode tells the story of three laws that shaped the downtown Los Angeles skyline.โดย Robert Petersen
This episode looks into why there are so many Craftsman houses in Pasadena and features an interview with Brian Baker from Pasadena Heritage about their upcoming Craftsman Weekend event.โดย Robert Petersen
John Cage was one of the most influential and notorious avant garde music composers of the 20th Century. And he grew up in Los Angeles.โดย Robert Petersen
This episode introduces a new segment of the podcast called, "L.A. Sounds," which will feature lesser known figures from the city's musical history.โดย Robert Petersen
The episode features an interview with Gary Krist about his new book The Mirage Factory: Illusion, Imagination, and the Invention of Los Angeles.โดย Robert Petersen
What is the proper way to pronounce "Los Angeles?" The episode examines the history of pronouncing the city's name.โดย Robert Petersen
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.โดย Robert Petersen
On a mountain above Los Angeles, a group of astronomers at the Mount Wilson Observatory forever changed our understanding of the Universe.โดย Robert Petersen
John Parkinson is L.A.'s most important, but often forgotten, architect.โดย Robert Petersen
When was the first time a car rode the streets of Los Angeles? This episode tells the story.โดย Robert Petersen
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.…
This episode tells the story of one of the most notorious hotels in Los Angeles.
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? Find out in the latest episode of Q&A L.A.
How does a well established Los Angeles neighborhood name disappear? This episode tells the story of Pico Heights.
A quick announcement about the upcoming Discovery Project show at the Blue Whale on January 27 and 28, 2017.
What is the oldest building that is still standing in the City of Los Angeles? The answer is not as simple as you may think.
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.
Why are there huge holes in the ground off the 210 and 605 freeways in Irwindale? This episode answers the question while also exploring the history of Irwindale and how these holes are connected to the greater Los Angeles area.
In anticipation of his July 16, 2016 performance at Boston Court in Pasadena with his Discovery Project, a multimedia project which explores the past, present and future of Los Angeles, Robert interviews the piano player and composer Josh Nelson about the show and writing music about Los Angeles.
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.
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.
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.