Pio Pico

"Lost L.A." brings Southern California history to life by marrying archival materials from the L.A. as Subject research alliance with innovative forms of documentary storytelling. Hosted by public historian Nathan Masters of USC Libraries, each episode of "Lost L.A." brings the primary sources of Los Angeles 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 rediscover a forgotten L.A. that preceded the arrival of Anglo settlers and learn how it transformed so quickly into a sprawling, culturally diverse metropolis.

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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 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.

  • 2018-09-18T13:30:30-07:00
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  • 2018-09-19T04:30:00-07:00
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  • 2018-09-22T07:30:00-07:00
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  • 2018-09-22T11:30:00-07:00
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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.

  • 2018-09-25T13:30:00-07:00
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  • 2018-09-26T04:30:00-07:00
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  • 2018-09-29T07:30:00-07:00
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  • 2018-09-29T11:30:00-07:00
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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.

  • 2018-10-02T13:30:00-07:00
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  • 2018-10-02T15:30:00-07:00
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  • 2018-10-03T04:30:00-07:00
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  • 2018-10-06T07:30:00-07:00
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  • 2018-10-06T11:30:00-07:00
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Yosemite

Californians have long fought over what Yosemite means, and how to manage it. Since its birth as a park and preserve in 1864, Yosemite has become a postcard for the natural beauty of California. Each year, millions visit from around the globe to see the cliffs, waterfalls and meadows that inspire wonder and reverence of the American West. 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.

  • 2018-10-09T13:30:00-07:00
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  • 2018-10-09T18:30:00-07:00
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  • 2018-10-10T04:30:00-07:00
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  • 2018-10-13T07:30:00-07:00
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  • 2018-10-14T12:30:00-07:00
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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.

  • 2018-10-13T11:30:00-07:00
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Beach Culture

One of 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

  • 2018-10-16T13:30:00-07:00
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  • 2018-10-16T18:30:00-07:00
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  • 2018-10-17T04:30:00-07:00
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