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Tupac and Dr. Dre's "California Love" served as a love letter and anthem for a generation. The song inspired author and New York Times writer, Walter Thompson-Hernández, to create a show as prescient as it is personal. In his "California Love" series, Walter invites listeners to join him in his family home, on horseback through the streets of Compton, and up into the sky to examine belonging. Walter takes us deep into his own story as he explores what it means for him to love Los Angeles.

Tupac and Dr. Dre's "California Love" served as a love letter and anthem for a generation. The song inspired author and New York Times writer, Walter Thompson-Hernández, to create a show as prescient as it is personal. In his "California Love" series, Walter invites listeners to join him in his family home, on horseback through the streets of Compton, and up into the sky to examine belonging. Walter takes us deep into his own story as he explores what it means for him to love Los Angeles.

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United States

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Tupac and Dr. Dre's "California Love" served as a love letter and anthem for a generation. The song inspired author and New York Times writer, Walter Thompson-Hernández, to create a show as prescient as it is personal. In his "California Love" series, Walter invites listeners to join him in his family home, on horseback through the streets of Compton, and up into the sky to examine belonging. Walter takes us deep into his own story as he explores what it means for him to love Los Angeles.

Language:

English


Episodes

Introducing Snooze, from LAist Studios

5/3/2022
Snooze is a show about things people put off, how they conquer them, but most importantly, how they conquer themselves. In this podcast host Megan Tan, the creator of “Millennial," the Snooze Squad and guest celebrities will help people like you and me strategize an action plan to face their fears. Snooze fans - go to HelloFresh.com/snooze16 and use code snooze16 for up to 16 free meals AND 3 free gifts! Support for this podcast is made possible by Gordon and Dona Crawford, who believe that...

Duration:00:43:23

Introducing Human/Nature from LAist Studios

4/25/2022
Introducing Human/Nature, from LAist Studios, a podcast with a wild yet inspiring thesis: if you step outside and reconnect with nature in your own city, you’ll feel better, reconnect with yourself, and find your place in the world. This podcast will empower you to reclaim your attention. In Episode 1, host and nature activist Marcos Trinidad talks with Jenny Odell, an artist and author of the book, “How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy.” O’Dell talks about birdwatching, the...

Duration:00:27:16

Introducing The Academy Museum Podcast, by LAist Studios

3/24/2022
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and LAist Studios present a new multi-season audio series that examines the myriad of stories of our cinematic history. Jacqueline Stewart, Chief Artistic and Programming Officer of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and a MacArthur Fellow, hosts the series. The Academy Awards have been a source of iconic moments and cultural impact since the award ceremony began in 1929. The awards often reflect and amplify the political, economic, and the cultural...

Duration:00:40:06

Introducing Imperfect Paradise by LAist Studios

1/27/2022
Imperfect Paradise, produced by LAist Studios, is a longform narrative podcast showcasing California stories with universal significance. Each of our stories takes on something essential about California -- its progressiveness, its reputation as a home for dreamers and schemers, its heartbreaking inequality, its varied and diverse communities, its unique combination of dense cities and wild places -- and breaks it down into three, 20-30 minute episodes that will be released occasionally....

Duration:00:21:00

Introducing WILD by LAist Studios

7/1/2021
Introducing WILD by LAist Studios, a podcast about origin stories. About those moments big and small that transform people forever. Season 1 of WILD: Home Forever is a time capsule of these kinds of moments captured during a global pandemic that left a lot of us "growing up" again while stuck at home for more than a year. In episode 1, we meet Daisy Figueroa who went back to her childhood home and decides to transform it. In the process, she creates her own business and redefines the...

Duration:00:38:23

Yeah No, I'm Not OK with Janaya Future Khan

5/25/2021
Hey California Love listeners, it's Mental Health Awareness Month, and we couldn't help but share another episode of Yeah No, I'm Not OK where Diane Guerrero speaks with Janaya Future Khan, the Black Lives Matter International Ambassador, on the power of trusting that you are doing the thing that's right over doing the thing that’s popular. More mental health support (via text) can be found at: https://www.crisistextline.org/ Additional Information on depression and anxiety can be found...

Duration:01:14:50

Yeah No, I'm Not OK with Byron Bowers

5/18/2021
Hey California Love listeners, it's Mental Health Awareness Month, and we couldn't help but share this episode of Yeah No, I'm Not OK where Diane Guerrero speaks with actor and comedian Byron Bowers on developing his uniquely dark style of comedy and how standup has helped him develop a healthy outlook on life. More mental health support (via text) can be found at: https://www.crisistextline.org/1 If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the...

Duration:00:30:19

Yeah No, I'm Not OK with Eric Andre

5/12/2021
Hey California Love listeners, it's Mental Health Awareness Month, and we couldn't help but share this episode of Yeah No, I'm Not OK where Diane Guerrero and Eric Andre talk about therapy, meditation and making sure that you put your mental health first. For more on Transcendental Meditation, visit: www.tm.org More information on Dr. John Sarno’s book “Healing Back Pain” here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/144873.Healing_Back_Pain If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the...

Duration:00:53:02

Yeah No, I'm Not OK with Dascha Polanco

3/23/2021
In our final episode drop of Yeah No, I'm Not OK, Dascha and Diane talk about what it meant to come up together as actors and Latinx artists. They also discuss their personal experiences with body image and what it means to continuously choose to embrace what is uniquely yours. To hear more episodes, subscribe to the Yeah No, I'm Not OK feed. Thank you for listening! For more information and support for eating disorders, please visit:...

Duration:00:38:52

Yeah No, I'm Not OK with Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

3/12/2021
We are back with another episode of Yeah No, I'm Not OK. Karla shot to fame when she wrote an essay about being an undocumented student at Harvard. But instead of book deals, she looked for more meaning in writing and exploring her identity. Along the way, she learned more about herself and tells Diane how the correct diagnoses, therapy, strict personal boundaries, and self-acceptance have all changed her life for the better. If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide...

Duration:00:56:30

Introducing Yeah No, I'm Not OK by Diane Guerrero

3/2/2021
Who is Diane Guerrero and why is she talking about mental health? In this episode, we learn more about Diane’s personal experience and her commitment to making mental health a priority in communities nationwide, especially communities of color. Then for the very first time, Diane sits down with her big brother Eddie to have an honest conversation about their family history of addiction, anxiety, and depression. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay on top of new episodes with a note from...

Duration:00:54:44

Norco 80 Episode 3: The Robbers

2/10/2021
We are back with Episode 3 of Norco 80. To hear the remaining 10 episodes, visit the Norco feed for new episodes available each Monday. In this episode, George Smith didn't set out to rob a bank. He just wanted to survive the apocalypse. Norco ‘80 is produced by LAist Studios in collaboration with Futuro Studios. This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

Duration:00:40:57

Norco 80 Episode 2: The Firefight

1/18/2021
We are back with Episode 2 of Norco 80. The bank robbers make it out of the Security Pacific Bank, cash in hand––but they’re immediately met by the police and a firefight begins. We meet one of the first officers on the scene, who explains the culture of the Norco police force in the 1970s and reveals just how unprepared they were for an armed robbery of this magnitude. Norco ‘80 is produced by LAist Studios in collaboration with Futuro Studios. Episode 3 now available on the Norco 80 feed....

Duration:00:35:06

Introducing Norco 80 Episode 1: The Robbery

1/11/2021
Introducing Norco 80, the unbelievable true story about God, guns, survivalism and the bank robbery that changed policing in America forever. May 9th, 1980 began as a regular Friday in sleepy Norco, a small town about 48 miles east of Los Angeles, known mostly for its horse trails and old western look. But around 3:30pm, five masked men with assault rifles would attempt to rob the Security Pacific Bank downtown. Host Antonia Cereijido introduces us to a region that was rapidly becoming the...

Duration:00:23:42

LAist Studios Presents: California City, “Turning Desert Dust Into Gold”

11/20/2020
Deep in the Mojave Desert, there is a little town with a big name and a bizarre history: California City. For decades, real estate developers have sold a dream here: if you buy land now, you’ll be rich one day. Thousands of people bought this dream. Many were young couples and hard-working immigrants looking to build a better future. But much of the land they bought is nearly worthless. In this new podcast, host Emily Guerin tells a story of money, power and deception. Listen and subscribe...

Duration:00:52:48

Bonus: Truth Be Told and California Love's Walter Thompson-Hernández

9/17/2020
In this bonus episode, KQED’s Truth Be Told host Tonya Mosley talks with Walter Thompson-Hernández about the making of California Love, growing up in Los Angeles, and the importance of trusting yourself. Plus, in the spirit of Truth Be Told, Walter answers a round of audience questions. The audio is prerecorded from an Instagram Live event from August 20, 2020.

Duration:00:55:49

Epilogue

8/17/2020
We close the series with a meditation on how 28 years after the 1992 Riots, for many in L.A., things feel exactly the same.

Duration:00:12:22

Ellie

8/13/2020
Eleuteria “Ellie” Hernández moved to Los Angeles from a small town in Mexico when she was 14 and fell in love with the city. In this episode, Walter sits down with Ellie, his mother, to understand her relationship to L.A. and how it shaped his own. California Love sponsors include: UCLA Extension Fall Quarter starts September 28. Enroll now at https://www.uclaextension.edu/ This LAist Studios podcast is sponsored by BetterHelp and our listeners get 10% off their first month of online therapy...

Duration:00:35:44

Compton Cowboys

8/6/2020
There’s a horse ranch in the heart of Compton that may hold the answers for salvation and redemption for the city’s black cowboys. Read the original NYTimes article, "For the Compton Cowboys, Horseback Riding Is a Legacy, and Protection." Read Walter Thompson-Hernández's book The Compton CowboysThe New Generation of Cowboys in America's Urban Heartland This LAist Studios podcast is sponsored by BetterHelp and our listeners get 10% off their first month of online therapy at...

Duration:00:42:05

Parrots: A Parable

7/30/2020
A first-parrot perspective into legends and myths of how L.A. became home to the world’s largest population of green parrots. This LAist Studios podcast is sponsored by BetterHelp and our listeners get 10% off their first month of online therapy at BetterHelp.com/LAist California Love is a limited series with 8 episodes. Show support by subscribing wherever you get your podcasts.

Duration:00:38:34