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Lost LA

Outposts of Unreality

Sam Gennawey, urban planner and theme park historian, talks to us about the cross-pollination of inspiration that happened in Los Angeles’ built environment. Set designers working on bombastic backdrops for Hollywood would also find themselves the architects of homes for celebrities and vice versa. In this city of dreamers and big ideas, themed restaurants such as Tam O’Shanter, Pig N Whistle or Clifton’s could exist, as well as the Babylonian themed archways in the City of Commerce, Disneyland and Universal Studios.

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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