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Lost LA

Documenting the Appeal of Mid-Century Modern

Much of the magic that the desert utopia of Palm Springs holds has to do with its prominent mid-century aesthetic. Author Michael Stern outlines how pioneering architect William Krisel relied on the careful eye of Los Angeles photographer Julius Shulman to create the iconic photographs we know today, while also contributing to restoring Krisel's designs for the duration. Featuring an archived interview with Julius Shulman.

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From Little Tokyo to Crenshaw
Episode
26:37
Lost LA

From Little Tokyo to Crenshaw

After internment camps, Japanese Americans made L.A.'s Crenshaw neighborhood their home.
Season 5 Episode 5
German Exiles
Episode
26:04
Lost LA

German Exiles

During WWII, L.A. became a sanctuary for Europe’s accomplished artists and intellectuals.
Season 5 Episode 4
Prehistoric Landscapes
Episode
26:46
Lost LA

Prehistoric Landscapes

Dig deep into Southern California’s past to reveal lessons for our climate-changed future.
Season 5 Episode 3
Winemaking
Episode
26:41
Lost LA

Winemaking

Explore a forgotten age when winemaking was Southern California’s principal industry.
Season 5 Episode 2
Who Killed the Red Car?
Episode
26:46
Lost LA

Who Killed the Red Car?

Why did Los Angeles dismantle one of the greatest rail transit systems in the nation?
Season 5 Episode 1