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EPISODE 99 – KAREN BASS, COMMUNITY COALITION, AND SOUTH LOS ANGELES AND THE FUTURE

For our 99th episode, L.A. Times reporter Benjamin Oreskes (@boreskes) sits down to chat with us about Karen Bass’ upbringing through South Los Angeles as described by his profile of the congresswoman recently. We touch on Bass’ early years in Los Angeles, including when she wrote letters in support of Robert F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign as a teenager, her various trips to Cuba to learn about healthcare and education systems there, her fight against the drug epidemic of the 1990s, and what else we can expect to learn from the paper about her and opponent Rick Caruso in the four months before November’s runoff election. Find Bass’ letter to the Times following their coverage of the crack cocaine epidemic’s impact on the Black community HERE.

J.T.

EPISODE 97 – GUSTAVO ARELLANO ON LATINOS AND JOE ROGAN, SHERIFF VILLANUEVA, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND MORE

For our 97th episode, Gustavo Arellano (@GustavoArellano), author of the “¡Ask a Mexican!” column from The OC Weekly from 2004 – 2017, and now a columnist for the L.A. Times, as well as host of The Times: Daily News from the L.A. Times podcast, joins us for a dynamic conversation on the state of the world, particularly for Latinx communities in the U.S. Among other things, Arellano chats with us about “rancho libertarianism,” or what for a growing bloc of Latinx voters is belief in “rugged individualism, distrust of government and elites, conservative moral beliefs, a love of community and a hatred of political correctness — that are like catnip for Republicans,” in his words. We analyze just how such a political philosophy may play out in local elections and across the nation, especially given recent history in Orange County, and more; a can’t-miss convo on the culture at this time, for sure!

J.T.

EPISODE 37 – ALISSA WALKER, CURBED L.A.

In our 37th episode, we chat with Alissa Walker, one of the co-hosts of the LA PODCAST, as well as editor of Curbed L.A. I ask Alissa just one miscellaneous question, followed by seven questions “in a pack.” We unfurl the pack and discuss for listeners, including about pedestrianism in L.A., the infamous Target Husk at Western avenue and Sunset boulevard, Latino “tropicalizing” the streets of L.A. City College, and white journalism “versus” stories from voices of color in Los Angeles. Follow the L.A. Podcast at @thelapod, and Alissa Walker herself at @awalkerinLA. This podcast episode is also dedicated to Fernie “Belok” Puga, a legend for Madison avenue in East Hollywood.

J.T.