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Lost LA

Zzyzx: The Snake Oil That Fueled a Community

The kind of dreams that Curtis Howe Springer peddled were tied to health and prosperity, but it didn't take long before "the last of the old medicine men" brought Zzyzx to ruins. CSU Desert Studies Center's Jason Wallace outlines the ploy Springer used, a radio ministry, and how his bogus claims eventually caught up with him in the 1970s.
 

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From Little Tokyo to Crenshaw
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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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Prehistoric Landscapes

Dig deep into Southern California’s past to reveal lessons for our climate-changed future.
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