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"Lost LA" explores the past through the region's archives, where photos, documents, and other rare artifacts unlock the untold history behind the fantasy of Southern California. Hosted by writer and public historian Nathan Masters of the USC Libraries, each episode of "Lost LA" brings the primary sources of history to the screen in surprising new ways. Much of L.A.'s past is lost to history, but through the region's archives, we can uncover the inspiring dreams and bitter realities that built the modern-day metropolis.

Funders | Lost LA Curriculum Project

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Season
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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Episode
25:32
Lost LA

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.
Calle de los Negros, Los Angeles, 1871
Episode
26:12
Lost LA

Wild West

Long before Hollywood imagined the Wild West, Los Angeles was a real frontier town of gunslingers, lynch mobs, and smoke-belching locomotives.
Pio Pico
Episode
26:50
Lost LA

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.
Reshaping L.A.
Episode
28:32
Lost LA

Reshaping L.A.

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.
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Episode
10:25
The Migrant Kitchen

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Episode
14:40
The Migrant Kitchen

Barkada

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Episode
14:21
The Migrant Kitchen

Mercado

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Episode
11:49
The Migrant Kitchen

Logmeh

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California Matters with Mark Bittman

Why California Matters: A Recap and Look Ahead

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4:25
California Matters with Mark Bittman

The Changing Faces of California Agriculture

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4:30
California Matters with Mark Bittman

A Watchful Eye on Farm Families' Health

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California Matters with Mark Bittman

The Roots of Organic Farming on Campus