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Lost LA

When Women Called the Shots: Hollywood's Female Filmmakers

The early film industry was a creative Wild West, open to anyone with the means and the boldness to exploit the new technology of motion pictures. For a time, that included the powerful women who occupied some of early Hollywood’s most powerful creative positions: writers, directors, producers, and studio heads.

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Bodie
Episode
26:40
Lost LA

Ghost Towns

Some California dreams did succeed, creating a megalopolis in the state’s north and south. Other dreams failed, leaving only ruins behind. This episode explores the hopes and dreams of three California ghost towns. We feature Bodie, an early gold mining settlement in Mono County that continues to be preserved in time; Llano Del Rio, a socialist utopian community in the Mojave Desert; and Zzyzx, a former health spa community that came to an end with the eviction of founder and radio evangelist Curtis Howe Springer.
Season 3 Episode 4
Four surfers stand in front of their boards- black and white
Episode
26:39
Lost LA

Beach Culture

This episode explores how surfers, bodybuilders, and acrobats taught Californians how to have fun and stay young at the beach — and how the 1966 documentary The Endless Summer shared the Southern California idea of the beach with the rest of the world.
Season 3 Episode 3
bombay beach
Episode
26:40
Lost LA

Desert Fantasy

California’s deserts have sparked imaginations around the world. This episode explores the creation of the Salton Sea; the effort to preserve Joshua Tree National Park; and how commercial interests created desert utopias like Palm Springs.
Season 3 Episode 2
Explorers in Yosemite National Park | Public Domain
Episode
26:40
Lost LA

Yosemite

This episode explores how Yosemite has changed over time: from a land maintained by indigenous peoples; to its emergence as a tourist attraction; to the site of conflict over humanity’s relationship with nature.
Season 3 Episode 1
descanso gardens
Episode
28:44
Lost LA

Special: Descanso Gardens

"Lost L.A.: Descanso Gardens" explores the history of one of southern California's most-beloved public gardens.
Season 3 Episode 0
pacific rim
Episode
26:50
Lost LA

Pacific Rim

Americans have long looked at the California shore and seen the end of the continent. Instead, this episode interprets that sandy edge as the beginning of a Pacific world.
Season 2 Episode 7
coded geographies
Episode
25:06
Lost LA

Coded Geographies

See how the many restrictions many Angelenos had to navigate, exposing Los Angeles as a place of coded segregation and resistance.
Season 2 Episode 6
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Episode
23:50
Lost LA

Dream Factory

Los Angeles is often identified with Hollywood, but there's more to the entertainment industry than its facade of movie stars and blockbuster films.
Season 2 Episode 5
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