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Lost LA

How a WWII Plane Revolutionized Surfing

The first surfboards were made from woods that were heavy and unwieldy. Enter WWII, when the need for ever-lighter planes helped spur the creation of balsa wood structures blended with fiberglass, a perfect material for surfboards. Now common, foam boards, called foamies, also required technological innovation and three years of experimentation to get the foam to the ideal consistency for a surfboard. Now, the first two foam surfboards reside in a museum.
 

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From Little Tokyo to Crenshaw
Episode
26:37
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From Little Tokyo to Crenshaw

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

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

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

Explore a forgotten age when winemaking was Southern California’s principal industry.
Season 5 Episode 2