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58 minutes | Dec 6, 2019
Hey Hey We're The Monkees
The Monkees aired on September 12, 1966 and by the next summer America was in full Monkeemania. The show was a sitcom about 4 “insane” boys who wanted to be like The Beatles, but never became successful. Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork played in a fictitious band called The Monkees who got caught up in some zany 1960’s fun in each episode while randomly breaking out in song.
34 minutes | Nov 4, 2019
Black Dahlia Suspect Mark Hansen
Elizabeth Short briefly lived at Mark Hansen's bungalow behind his nightclub Florentine Gardens off and on in October and November of 1946. On January 21, 1947, 6 days after Elizabeth's mutilated body was discovered in the Leimert Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, her killer mailed her personal belongings to the Los Angeles Examiner. Among her items was an address book with Mark Hansen's name on the cover. Hansen quickly became one of Elizabeth Short's prime suspects. Unfortunately, The Black Dahlia case would not be his last scandal.
36 minutes | Oct 31, 2019
Sex Magic, Satan and Rockets in Pasadena
JPL's founder and Aleister Crowley follower, Jack Parsons and Scientology's founder L. Ron Hubbard performed so many rituals at The Parsonage on Pasadena's Millionaire's Row that the house was said to be haunted by ghosts and screaming banshee's. Parsons and Hubbard's Balalon Working rituals in 1945 may have caused the UFO crash near Roswell, NM and ultimately the Apollo moon landing. This Halloween, on the 80th anniversary of JPL's first rocket launch attempts we discuss how Pasadena became the hub of sex magic, satan and rockets.
38 minutes | Oct 26, 2019
Inglewood Child Murders - Albert Dyer
On a summer day in 1937, 3 young girls went missing from Centinela Park in Inglewood. After an extensive search with roughly 500 volunteers, the bodies of the girls were found 2 days later in a Baldwin Hills gully. Eventually, Albert Dyer was convicted and hanged for the crime. Some think his confession was coerced by police and Dr. J. Paul De River. A similar double murder in 1924, may make Dyer a serial killer. Or maybe the wrong men were hanged in both cases. Warning: This episode has disturbing content.
40 minutes | Oct 24, 2019
The Curse of Mulholland Drive
On December 27, 1924, the new Mulholland Drive opened to a multi town celebration with an estimated 32,000 people driving the scenic highway on the first day. Unfortunately, the winding road with hairpin turns called, The Snake, Deadman's curve, and The Sweeper left a graveyard of autos at the bottom of many of Mulholland's deep ravines. The remoteness of Mulholland and its nearly unpopulated hills made it a prime dumping ground for murderers and serial killers as well. This week, we get into some sad stuff as we discuss Mulholland Drive's name sake and the curse he left behind on this long and twisty road high above the Hollywood Hills. Warning: This episode includes content that some may find disturbing at 25:33.
15 minutes | Oct 16, 2019
L.A. Short #3 - The Beverly Hills Hotel
Before 90210 was even a town, Beverly Farms (its original name) opened in 1912, catering to Hollywood stars like, Rudolph Valentino and Mary Pickford. Known today as the "Pink Palace", numerous power lunches have taken place at the Polo Lounge and many of Hollywood's most famous affairs within its 23 bungalows.
40 minutes | Oct 14, 2019
Hotel California - Eagles Part 2
In part 2, we discuss the epic Hotel California album and the band's 14 year vacation.
56 minutes | Sep 25, 2019
Take It Easy - Eagles Part 1
Formed in Los Angeles in 1971, the Eagles settled on their band name when a majestic Eagle flew over the founding members during a peyote trip among the Joshua trees. The band's country rock sound and superb harmonizing led to them having 2 of the best-selling albums in the United States.
20 minutes | Sep 9, 2019
L.A. Short #2 L.A.'s First Televised High Speed Car Chase
On Friday, January 3, 1992, Darren Stroh's Toyota Corona broke down a few hours north of Los Angeles. Good Samaritan David Scott Baker stopped to help and wound up dead. Police eventually caught up with Stroh in L.A., where he was chased by police and eventually killed. All the drama unfolded on live television. Oh, and we talk about that OJ Bronco chase. Remember that??
15 minutes | Sep 5, 2019
LA Short #1 Googie Architecture
Welcome to our first LA Short. This week we discuss LA’s iconic Googie architecture. LAX’s Theme Building, The Chemosphere House and Norms on La Cienega were all inspired by John Lautner’s 1949 Googie Cafe.
51 minutes | Sep 3, 2019
Alexander Pantages and Vaudeville
In 1929, theatre mogul Alexander Pantages was accused of rape by 15 year old vaudeville dancer Eunice Pringle. When the Hollywood Pantages Theatre opened on June 4, 1930, Pantages was listening to the news coverage of the opening from his jail cell. This week we discuss the rise and demise of Alexander Pantages and The Hollywood Pantages Theatre, the last theatre he built for the vaudeville Pantages Theatre Circuit.
74 minutes | Jul 29, 2019
The L.A. Mafia
L.A. has its own sordid mob history. From its humble beginnings as Italian street gangs called Black Hands to Mickey Cohen’s “Sunset Wars” with Jack Dragna, L.A.’s Mafia grew to have immense power during the Prohibition Era. The Sunset Strip became the mobster’s playground with its black tie supper clubs, like Cafe Trocadero and Ciro’s, which had plenty of bootlegging, illegal gambling and many mob hits thanks to the rise of hometown mobster Cohen and transplant Ben “Bugsy” Siegel.
94 minutes | Jul 22, 2019
The 27 Club
The 27 Club -- The most unfortunate club in the music business. This week we discuss the untimely and tragic deaths of musicians, who all died at age 27. Robert Johnson, Jesse Belvin, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Mia Zapata, Amy Winehouse......
75 minutes | Jul 6, 2019
UFO's and the 7.1 Earthquake
On February 25, 1942, American military units unleashed a barrage of anti-aircraft fire into the L.A. skies at multiple unidentifiable aircraft during the Battle of Los Angeles. Was it another Japanese threat, a weather balloon or a UFO? This week, we discuss LA's UFO history, Tom DeLonge, and experience the 7.1 earthquake in real time.
47 minutes | Jun 7, 2019
Happy LA Pride!
50 years ago this month the Stonewall riots ignited LGBTQ movements across the country. This week we discuss Los Angeles's own violent past between the police and the LGBTQ community and the history behind the first Christopher Street West pride parade in 1970. Happy Pride Month!
59 minutes | May 27, 2019
Elton John and the Troubadour
For 6 nights in August of 1970, Elton John made his American debut at the legendary Troubadour club in Los Angeles. He became an overnight sensation and his career skyrocketed. For more than 60 years, the Troubadour has been THE "hang" for musicians, comedians and industry suits looking for that overnight Hollywood success story like Elton John's.
81 minutes | May 21, 2019
Guns N' Roses
This week we cover the "The Most Dangerous Band in the World," one of L.A.’s most legendary rock bands. Canter’s, The Troubadour, Slash's top hat, Axl's snake dance and of course booze, drugs and riots!
53 minutes | May 15, 2019
Ritchie Valens and The Day the Music Died
This week, we cover the first rock and roll Latin star, Ritchie Valens, and the plane crash that cut his life tragically short on The Day The Music Died.
86 minutes | May 6, 2019
Watts and Charles Mingus
This week, we cover the history of Watts, a neighborhood in South Central L.A. and one of its most famous musicians, Charles Mingus. Mingus grew up in the shadow of the Watts Towers and played at some of Central Avenue's most notorious Jazz clubs. We discuss how Watts went from a ranch community in the early 1900's, to a working class African-American neighborhood in the 40's and how this community ended up rioting or revolting depending on which side of the trenches you were on in August of 1965.
82 minutes | Apr 29, 2019
Richard and Karen Carpenter were the brother/sister music duo known simply as the Carpenters from 1969 until Karen's death in 1983 from cardiac arrest due to anorexia nervosa. The Carpenters were the epitome of American wholesomeness until the stress and pressure of perfect fame gave way to quaalude use and an eating disorder. We are joined again by Ellie this week as we also discuss body image in L.A., Aidan being broke and the fast food empire of Downey, CA.
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