The Hidden History of Los Angeles

The Hidden History of Los Angeles

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The Hidden History of Los Angeles podcast explores the lesser known aspects of L.A. history. Contrary to the commonly held belief that L.A. does not have any history, Los Angeles has a rich and colorful history. You just have to dig a little deeper to find it.


Interview with Josh Nelson HHLA26 rev  

In anticipation of his July 16, 2016 performance at Boston Court in Pasadena with his Discovery Project, a multimedia project which explores the past, present and future of Los Angeles, Robert interviews the piano player and composer Josh Nelson about the show and writing music about Los Angeles. 


Q&A LA: Why are there peacocks in Arcadia? HHLA25  

Why are there peacocks in Arcadia? To answer the question, we must go back over a hundred years and learn about the founding of the City of Arcadia.

Mack Robinson's Pasadena HHLA24  

This episode tells the story of Mack Robinson, a silver medalist who came in second to Jesse Owens in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, as well as his relationship to his hometown of Pasadena.

Q&A L.A.: Why does the 2 freeway end abruptly in Echo Park? HHLA23  

Why does the 2 freeway end abruptly in Echo Park? To answer the question, we must delve into the history of freeway development in Los Angeles and the world of L.A.'s never built freeways. 

The Triforium and an Interview with Tom Carroll HHLA22  

The Triforium is a six-story, 60-ton public sculpture on the corner of Temple and Main Streets in downtown that was supposed to be a symbol of L.A.'s future. Unfortunately, technical problems plagued the project from the beginning and made it the subject of much ridicule. Now a group of L.A. enthusiasts want to restore the piece and realize the project's ambitious vision. This episode discusses the history of the Triforium and includes an interview with Tom Carroll, the creator and host of the web series "Tom Explores Los Angeles," who is involved in the restoration effort.

Edward Kewen HHLA21  

This episode tells the story of California's first Attorney General and L.A.'s seventh District Attorney, Edward Kewen.

The Hunt for Tiburcio Vasquez HHLA20  

This episode tells the story of Tiburcio Vasquez, a bandit who was active throughout California during the mid-nineteenth century.

L.A.'s First Subway HHLA19  

This episode tells the story behind L.A.'s first subway which operated between 1925 and 1955. 

Terrorism in Los Angeles HHLA18  

Today, terrorism is a major concern in Los Angeles. But many Angelenos would likely be surprised to learn that L.A. has, in decades past, been the target of multiple terrorist attacks. 

Colonel Griffith HHLA17  

This episode explores the story behind the namesake for Griffith Park and Griffith Observatory, Colonel Griffith J. Griffith. 

L.A.'s Oldest and Newest Freeway HHLA16  

This episode discusses the oldest and newest freeway in Los Angeles and what they tell us about the city. 

Mayor Foster HHLA15  

This episode discusses an incident in 1855, when Los Angeles Mayor Stephen C. Foster took the law into his own hands. 

Battlefield Los Angeles HHLA14  

This episode explores some of the times where Los Angeles has served as a battlefield. 

L.A.'s Never Built Freeways HHLA13  

This episode explores the history of L.A.'s never built freeways. 

Clifford Clinton HHLA12  

During the 1930s, a cafeteria owner named Clifford Clinton began an unlikely crusade against corruption in Los Angeles. This episode tells the story of Clifford Clinton. 

Toypurina HHLA11  

In 1785, a group of Native Americans revolted against the Spanish at Mission San Gabriel. This episode tells the story of one of the members of the rebellion named Toypurina. 

Naming Azusa and Pasadena HHLA10  

This episode discusses the origin of the names Azusa and Pasadena. 

Two Stories of the California Dream HHLA9  

This episode explores two stories of the California Dream - a murder mystery and a mythical tale. 

Downey Block HHLA8  

This episode tells the story behind a bizarre auction that occurred in downtown Los Angeles during the 1850s.

The Shooting of William Warren HHLA7  

In 1870, L.A.'s City Marshall, William Warren, was shot and killed, making him the first regularly employed L.A.P.D. officer to be killed in the line of duty. But Warren wasn't killed tryng to stop a crime. Instead, he was killed by another L.A.P.D. officer in connection with a dispute over a reward for recovering a runaway Chinese prostitute. This podcast tells the story of the shooting of William Warren. 

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