Sinopse

L.A. Meekly is a monthly podcast on Los Angeles history put out by Daniel Zafran and Greg Gonzalez in an effort to battle the false idea that their city has none; and also as an excuse to eat donuts and talk into a microphone.

Episódios

  • The Wrath of Con (Con Artists)

    The Wrath of Con (Con Artists)

    01/05/2020 Duração: 02h13min

    Hold onto your wallets; this month we're covering some of the city's most notorious con artists.  We'll be talking about the town of Girard (19:52), the Bling Ring (35:13), the Julian Pete Scandal (1:09:52), Michael Romanoff (1:30:03) and the Billionaire Boys Club (1:53:22).

  • Field Trip! The L.A. River with Paul Haddad

    Field Trip! The L.A. River with Paul Haddad

    08/04/2020 Duração: 49min

    Pack a lunch or just catch what you eat out of the always fresh L.A. River as we sit down with author Paul Haddad to discuss his book "10,000 Steps A Day in LA."  We'll cover some of the best walks in the city and how great his book is at being a jumping off point to explore new parts of the city.  (Never fear: this episode was recorded pre-quarantine)

  • Easy Writers (Pulp Authors)

    Easy Writers (Pulp Authors)

    01/04/2020 Duração: 02h21min

    Stuck in the house all day and night?  Scared to go outside and would rather get lost safely in a book?  If this unique situation applies to you and you alone then this is the episode for you.  This month we cover a few of LA's prized local pulp writers.  Travel to Mars with Edgar Rice Burroughs (14:57), travel to Mars with Leigh Brackett (53:37), travel to Mars with Ray Bradbury (1:20:49) and travel to only LA with Raymond Chandler (1:51:01).

  • Our Own Fault (Earthquakes)

    Our Own Fault (Earthquakes)

    01/03/2020 Duração: 01h31min

    Strap down your porcelain butts and get ready for "the big one." Our episode on earthquakes. Relive the horror and aftermath of Longbeach '33 (16:42), Sylmar '71 (36:43) and Northridge '94 (47:46).

  • Demolition, Man (Things We Lost in the Last Decade)

    Demolition, Man (Things We Lost in the Last Decade)

    01/02/2020 Duração: 01h22min

    Now that the '20s are roaring forward, we thought we'd take a look back on the previous decade to reflect on the buildings and businesses we lost during the 2010s.  Relive the memories that are too soon to relive from places like the Buggy Whip, the LA Sports Arena and Meltdown Comics.

  • A Tale of Two CDs (Record Stores)

    A Tale of Two CDs (Record Stores)

    01/01/2020 Duração: 01h30min

    Put the needle on the podcast and ring in a whole new decade with a whole new episode on your favorite local record stores.  We've got the granddaddy Wallichs Music City (:17), the young punk Rockaway Records (:41), the scrappy Tower Records (:55) and the mighty Amoeba (1:06).

  • Creepy Christmas/Chaunted Channukah Part: 7 Deadly Sins (The Queen Mary)

    Creepy Christmas/Chaunted Channukah Part: 7 Deadly Sins (The Queen Mary)

    01/12/2019 Duração: 01h34min

    Crack open the eggnog and fry up the latkes because it's time to get creepy and haunted.  This year we tackle the Queen Mary in all her luxury lining, world war serving, ghost pool glory.  Both the straight history (:14) and the ghouls (1:08).

  • Fangelenos (Listener Questions and Answers)

    Fangelenos (Listener Questions and Answers)

    01/11/2019 Duração: 01h20min

    You asked for it so we asked it right back.  This month we tackle two listener submitted questions: What do you like most about Angelenos? and What should someone not from here be aware of to make their stay as agreeable as possible?  Listen to our bumbling answers and the much better answers of you, the listener, who submitted your own takes.  You know who you are.  And those of you who didn't?  Consider yourselves uninvited from LA Meekly Thanksgiving.

  • Field Trip! Forest Lawn Museum with James Fishburne

    Field Trip! Forest Lawn Museum with James Fishburne

    28/10/2019 Duração: 31min

    Pack your sack lunches for the nicest museum you've ever visited inside a cemetery: the Forest Lawn Museum.  We talk with the museum's curator James Fishburne about the museum's role in shaping the art scene of Los Angeles, pigeon photography and the biggest painting of Jesus you've ever seen.

  • Beyond the Graveyard (Cemeteries)

    Beyond the Graveyard (Cemeteries)

    01/10/2019 Duração: 01h41min

    Halloween is here and what better way to spend it than with your two favorite grave robbers?  To get you in the...spirit...of the season we'll be covering the stories of a few of the biggest graveyards in the city: Valhalla Memorial Park (:14), Hollywood Forever (:32) and Forest Lawn (1:03).

  • Field Trip! The Hollywood Bowl and Museum Interview with Gail Samuel

    Field Trip! The Hollywood Bowl and Museum Interview with Gail Samuel

    09/09/2019 Duração: 30min

    Pack a picnic for this one as we sit down with Executive Director of the L.A. Philharmonic Gail Samuel (Yes, you read that correct) to talk about everything Hollywood Bowl related from decrepit band shells to Cab Calloway.

  • The L.A. Meekly Junk Drawer (Random Topics)

    The L.A. Meekly Junk Drawer (Random Topics)

    01/09/2019 Duração: 01h39min

    Ever wondered where you put that old screwdriver you can't find? How about your mint condition copy of Action Comics #1? Or that old Hope Diamond you used to have lying around? Check the junk drawer! L.A. Meekly's got one too filled with topics that didn't quite fit anywhere else so from that drawer we submit to you: the Spike Jones grocery story of La Crescenta (:13), inspiration for Indiana Jones Antonia Futterer (:28), the roller derby Thunderbirds (:49) and the Alphabet Bomber (1:06).

  • Field Trip! LA Plaza de Cultura Y Artes Interview with Mariah and Esperanza

    Field Trip! LA Plaza de Cultura Y Artes Interview with Mariah and Esperanza

    26/08/2019 Duração: 45min

    School may be back in session today but it's already time for a field trip.  Join us on our trip to La Plaza de Cultura y Artes as we discuss the museum's mission and importance as the keeper of the history of the early days of this city with Associate Curator Mariah Berlanga-Shevchuk and Assistant Curator Esperanza Sanchez.  

  • Crème de la Cream (Ice Cream)

    Crème de la Cream (Ice Cream)

    01/08/2019 Duração: 01h20min

    What's that sound?  The Entertainer by Scott Joplin?  That must mean it's the podcast truck with its barely regulated freezer full of treats!  This month we go into the stories of everyone but Greg's favorite summer treats: ice cream.  We'll dive deep into the history of Fosters Freeze (:14), Baskin-Robbins (:25), Fosselman's (:47) and, of course, Thrifty (:59).

  • Bummer of 69 (Judy Garland and Roger Corman)

    Bummer of '69 (Judy Garland and Roger Corman)

    01/07/2019 Duração: 02h09min

    1969. June 22 Judy Garland dies. July 14 Easy Rider comes out. August 9 Sharon Tate is murdered. Summer of love this was not. This month we're going to look at the downfall of the old Hollywood studio system by way of the rise and fall of Judy Garland (:16) and the birth of the New Hollywood movement through the story of Roger Corman (1:09).

  • Its A Riot (Sleepy Lagoon and the Zoot Suit Riots)

    It's A Riot (Sleepy Lagoon and the Zoot Suit Riots)

    01/06/2019 Duração: 01h33min

    Put on your weekend finest and zip on over to listen to the story of the zoot.  Join us as we trace one of the saddest, most disappointing low points in Los Angeles history from the murder and unfair trial at Sleepy Lagoon (:15) to the brutal and just as unfair Zoot Suit Riots (:57).  Get ready to be ashamed of your city.

  • Field Trip! Madame Tussauds Hollywood Interview with Helen Larimore

    Field Trip! Madame Tussaud's Hollywood Interview with Helen Larimore

    08/05/2019 Duração: 23min

    Wax on your podcast device but don't wax it off because it's time for a field trip with Madame Tussaud's Hollywood's very own Helen Larimore.  Join us as she discusses the laborious and somewhat disturbing process of creating each wax model and the even more disturbing experience of having to walk through the empty exhibits at the end of the night.

  • Pun, Forest, Pun (LAs Forests)

    Pun, Forest, Pun (LA's Forests)

    01/05/2019 Duração: 01h43min

    Strap on your sturdiest hiking boots and sit on the couch and listen to our newest episode on a couple of the city's forests! We'll be covering the exploitation and criminal population of the Angeles National Forest (:12) and the Hollywood glory of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (1:04).

  • Field Trip! Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Interview with Carl Tart

    Field Trip! Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Interview with Carl Tart

    23/04/2019 Duração: 52min

    Activate your spellcheck because we are at the harder-than-you-think to-spell Coliseum!  We are joined by the hilarious comedian/Los Angeles history connoisseur Carl Tart as we discuss this place's meaning to himself and to the city at large.  

  • The Good, the Bad and the Freeway (Freeways)

    The Good, the Bad and the Freeway (Freeways)

    01/04/2019 Duração: 01h34min

    Vroom-vroom goes the car and brake-cry goes the traffic.  It took us this long to cover freeways because we've been stuck on the 405 for 6 years trying to get here.  We'll cover the creation of the city's freeways (:22) and the flipside of all that creation as it destroyed neighborhoods all over town (1:04).

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