Once Upon a Time in Chavez Ravine

Once Upon a Time in Chavez Ravine

Did the Dodgers evict a Mexican-American neighborhood to make way for their stadium? The truth is more nuanced than what you've heard.

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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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 -- one that has long influenced Los Angeles through geology and climate, but also through the transoceanic flows of people, goods, technilogy and cultural ideas.

  • 2017-11-21T12:30:00-08:00
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  • 2017-11-22T03:30:00-08:00
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  • 2017-11-22T13:31:00-08:00
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  • 2017-11-22T17:01:00-08:00
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  • 2017-11-24T03:00:00-08:00
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  • 2017-11-25T06:30:00-08:00
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Borderlands

American history has long been told as a triumphant march westward from the Atlantic coast, but in southern California, our history stretches back further in time. This episode explores the interconnected lives of three people who lived through California's transition from native land to Spanish colony and from to Mexican province to American state. Featuring the stories of native teacher Toypurina, who led the revolt against the San Gabriel Mission, Spanish soldier Jose Marco Pico, who served at the mission, and his son Pio Pico, who became the last Mexican Governor of California.

  • 2017-11-28T12:30:00-08:00
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  • 2017-11-29T03:30:00-08:00
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  • 2017-11-29T13:30:00-08:00
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  • 2017-12-01T03:00:00-08:00
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  • 2017-12-02T06:30:00-08:00
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Wild West

Long before Hollywood imagined the Wild West, Los Angeles was a real frontier town of gunslingers, lynch mobs, and smoke-belching locomotives. This episode examines L.A.'s efforts to reckon with its violent past by examining hanging trees, remnants of vigilant justice; the massacre of eighteen Chinese immigrants that took place in 1871 near what is now Olvera Street; and railroad promotional campaigns that painted a picture of Los Angeles as a verdant paradise.

  • 2017-12-05T12:30:00-08:00
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  • 2017-12-06T03:30:00-08:00
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  • 2017-12-06T13:30:00-08:00
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  • 2017-12-09T06:30:00-08:00
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Building The Metropolis

Wood, iron, steel, concrete -- these are the materials that gave form to Los Angeles and shaped its identity in the national imagination. This episode also questions the cultural legacy and environmental costs of the city's relentless growth.

  • 2017-12-08T03:00:00-08:00
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  • 2017-12-12T12:30:00-08:00
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  • 2017-12-13T03:30:00-08:00
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  • 2017-12-13T13:30:00-08:00
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  • 2017-12-16T06:30:00-08:00
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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. This episode explores the career of Lois Weber, a filmmaker who rose to greatness in a nascent film industry that welcomed women into creative leadership positions; as well as a Central Casting Bureau that capitalized on the city's segregated ethnic enclaves when filling background roles.

  • 2017-12-15T03:00:00-08:00
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  • 2017-12-19T12:30:00-08:00
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