Reshaping L.A.

Reshaping L.A.

It is often said that Los Angeles has buried much of its history. It has suppressed inconvenient reports, recast the plight of Mission Indians as a Spanish Romance, written entire cultures and communities out of its official historical narratives. But some of lost L.A. literally lies buried beneath our feet, hidden long ago when the city, finding the shape and character of its land wanting, opted to mold it to its needs. In this episode, "Lost LA" examines how the modern metropolis has reshaped its own topography. The program explores downtown L.A.'s lost hills and tunnels, as well as the vanished canals of Venice Beach.

LA as SubjectA collaboration between the USC Libraries and KCETLink, Lost LA features the member collections of L.A. as Subject, a research alliance dedicated to preserving and telling the sometimes-hidden stories and histories of the Los Angeles region.

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Desert Fantasy

California’s deserts have sparked the imaginations of millions of people around the world. From the famously alien landscape of Joshua Tree to the wide expanses of seemingly empty land, the desert has been seen as a place of reinvention, a blank slate on which the visitor creates his or her own dream. This episode explores the man-made natural disaster that created the Salton Sea, the efforts to preserve Joshua Tree National Park, and how commercial interests and real estate developers created a desert utopia like Palm Springs.

  • 2019-08-21T04:30:00-07:00
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  • 2019-08-21T22:30:00-07:00
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  • 2019-08-24T07:30:00-07:00
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  • 2019-08-31T12:30:00-07:00
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  • 2019-09-10T13:30:00-07:00
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  • 2019-09-10T17:30:00-07:00
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  • 2019-09-11T22:30:00-07:00
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  • 2019-09-12T05:30:00-07:00
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  • 2019-09-14T12:30:00-07:00
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Beach Culture

One of Southern California’s great international exports has been its 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.

  • 2019-08-28T04:30:00-07:00
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  • 2019-08-28T22:30:00-07:00
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  • 2019-08-29T05:30:00-07:00
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  • 2019-08-31T07:30:00-07:00
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  • 2019-09-07T12:30:00-07:00
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  • 2019-09-17T13:30:00-07:00
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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.

  • 2019-09-04T04:30:00-07:00
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  • 2019-09-05T05:30:00-07:00
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  • 2019-09-07T07:30:00-07:00
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Venice

From its origins as a themed seaside trolley resort to its international fame as a countercultural hub, Venice Beach has been in a state of perpetual renaissance, boasting a rich, multilayered history. This episode explores evolution of Abbot Kinney’s original Venice of America development, and how the commercial renaissance along Abbot Kinney Boulevard has impacted the historically African American neighborhood of Oakwood. We also look at the Beat poet community who called Venice home.

  • 2019-09-11T04:30:00-07:00
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  • 2019-09-14T07:30:00-07:00
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