EPISODE 94 – HOW L.A. STORIES SAVE LIVES

In our 94th episode, the tables are turned; Young Oak Kim Academy’s history teacher Marika Tripodes interviews us for a new program with students there. Our convo includes thoughts on J.T. the L.A. Storyteller as historicism, how one discovers and “protects” their story at an early time in their lives, connections between music and stories, and more. Your’s truly’s audio is also grittier than usual for the chat; but in L.A., if it’s not gritty every now and again, it’s just not Los Angeles.

J.T.

EPISODE 93 – GINA VIOLA FOR MAYOR OF LOS ANGELES

In our 93rd installment we connect with Gina Viola (@GinaForLA), the grassroots and people-powered candidate for the mayor’s office of Los Angeles in the 2022 primary. We discuss Viola’s recent calls to participate in the CSULA debate between mayoral candidates taking place this Sunday, May 1st, as well as the “weak mayoral system” in Los Angeles that’s actually not so weak after all. We also consider the legacy of the Rodney King verdict in Los Angeles 30 years later, a recent California budget surplus of $68 billion that could support services for the unhoused immediately, and what Gina would do as mayor if Governor Newsom’s “care courts” for the unhoused were to be made into state law.

J.T.

EPISODE 65 – THE HOMICIDE REPORT WITH NICOLE SANTA CRUZ

In our 65th episode, we chat with Nicole Santa Cruz (@nicolesantacruz), formerly of the Los Angeles Times, and now a reporter for underserved communities in the Southwest with ProPublica (@propublica). Nicole and I discuss none other than the LAT’s Homicide Report, for which she spent over eight years tracking homicides in L.A. County, attempting to “put a face to the name” of people in Los Angeles whose lives were taken by murder or homicide crimes. We discuss the impact of homicides on families and communities in L.A., as well as common misconceptions about victims and their families based on “where they come from” or live, the Victim’s Compensation Program, and more. Learn more about the Homicide Report in Los Angeles here.

J.T.