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KCRW

In this season of Unfictional, Stories of Transformation, and the ways in which the world — and all of us — have fundamentally changed since the pandemic began. One man watched his children suddenly turn into grown-ups, while another upended every part of his life. Someone else had to learn to live with hardship and found their true identity along the way, all while living in two worlds. Meanwhile, a subculture ascends, one reporter explores Olvera Street, and another finds an old notebook filled with memories from his time in a cabin. It’s UnFictional, hosted by Bob Carlson.

Location:

Santa Monica, CA

Networks:

KCRW

Description:

In this season of Unfictional, Stories of Transformation, and the ways in which the world — and all of us — have fundamentally changed since the pandemic began. One man watched his children suddenly turn into grown-ups, while another upended every part of his life. Someone else had to learn to live with hardship and found their true identity along the way, all while living in two worlds. Meanwhile, a subculture ascends, one reporter explores Olvera Street, and another finds an old notebook filled with memories from his time in a cabin. It’s UnFictional, hosted by Bob Carlson.

Twitter:

@kcrw

Language:

English

Contact:

1900 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405 310-450-5183


Episodes

Fútbol Confidential: Soccer City

11/18/2022
Fútbol Confidential looks at AYSO, American homegrown soccer culture.

Duration:00:14:09

Fútbol Confidential:The Soccer Store

11/18/2022
Fútbol Confidential looks at Niky’s Sports, the biggest family-run chain of soccer stores in LA.

Duration:00:08:10

Fútbol Confidential: Fútbol

11/18/2022
Two Mexican-American fans talk about rooting for more than one hometown team in Los Angeles and in Mexico.

Duration:00:14:18

Fútbol Confidential: Hollywood United

11/18/2022
Fútbol Confidential looks at the legendary LA city league soccer team formed over beers in a Santa Monica pub by British expatriates.

Duration:00:13:47

El Pueblo

6/9/2022
In ‘El Pueblo,’ producer Mike Schilitt explores the surprising history of Olvera Street – an idealized fantasy of Mexico created in downtown Los Angeles that has supported generations of Agelenos.

Duration:00:25:27

The Cabin Notebook

5/26/2022
When Aric Allen was 21, he lived in a desolate mountain cabin for 10 weeks. There he planned to write a novel, but instead he learned how to be alone.

Duration:00:26:59

Lowrider

5/12/2022
Producer Jaime Roque takes a ride with Ernie Moran in his 1965 Chevy Impala to explore the history and culture of the lowrider community of East Los Angeles.

Duration:00:23:20

nisha

4/28/2022
In the U.S., nisha venkat feels safe and relieved to identify as queer and non-binary. But in their home country Dubai, nisha’s gender identity is illegal, and they can be deported or convicted of homexuality, or “cross-dressing.”

Duration:00:17:27

The Transmogrifier

4/14/2022
Imagine entering a giant machine that sucks you in one end, and spits you out the other side as something completely different. That describes the transmogrifier — a fantastical device from the Calvin and Hobbes comic strips. Over the last couple of years, it feels like everyone has been through the transmogrifier in one way or another. In this episode, stories of the transmogrified. Unfictional producer Bob Carlson watches his two children go through the transmogrifier and come out unexpectedly as grown-ups. Meanwhile, almost every element of producer Jaime Roque’s life was upended by the transmorgrifier: new job, marriage, and prospective fatherhood.

Duration:00:20:22

Los Emprendedores

4/14/2022
Street vendors are an essential part of Los Angeles’ history and its economy. You can find vendors with mobile carts and food trucks on street corners, outside concert venues, and sporting events selling hot dogs, tacos, burritos, churros, fruit, t-shirts, souvenirs, and just about anything else you can imagine. For decades, this activity was illegal. And even though vending was somewhat decriminalized in 2018, the line between legal and illegal is not always clear. Producer James Roque follows the stories of a few of these entrepreneurs, finding out why they started vending, the challenges they encounter on a daily basis, and how they fared during the last few years.

Duration:00:21:55

Music could be your whole life

11/4/2021
KCRW’s Bob Carlson talks to some of Deirdre O’Donoghue’s friends and gets further inside her world away from the microphone.

Duration:00:32:47

This is SNAP!

10/28/2021
Bent By Nature Episode 1 introduces KCRW DJ Deirdre O’Donoghue, host of "SNAP!," a freeform alternative and independent music and culture program in Los Angeles in the '80s — and goes inside the community she cultivated, her passion for music, and the problems she had with KCRW’s management and staff. Featuring archival live performances by Camper Van Beethoven, the Meat Puppets, Glass Eye, Jazz Butcher, the Dream Syndicate, and more.

Duration:00:34:17

The Man Inside the Radio

5/21/2020
UnFictional host Bob Carlson’s journey on the inside of rock and roll radio.

Duration:00:27:30

Rolling Thunder

5/14/2020
Mary Lorson explores scenes from her childhood in a personal memoir musical documentary. Featuring an elusive father, A Dancerina doll, a Polaroid Swinger, and a camel hair coat from Saks, all in constant motion.

Duration:00:19:57

The Rescue

5/7/2020
A promising job drew Fedelina Lugasan to the U.S. from the Philippines, she’d start her new life with a family she trusted. But the picture they painted for her was not what her life turned out to be.

Duration:00:35:17

The Philosophy of the Flying Saucers

4/30/2020
A man finds an old reel to reel tape that reveals much more than just flying saucers and alien conspiracy theories.

Duration:00:24:14

The Rowing Man

4/23/2020
Ove the rowing man. A stranger who came by way of the ocean, and was soon no longer a stranger.

Duration:00:42:41

Mauricio Across the Border - Part 2

4/16/2020
Maurcio, star of a hit Mexican television show, is abandoned in the desert while trying to cross the border.

Duration:00:33:42

Mauricio Across the Border - Part 1

4/9/2020
Mauricio leaves Mexico City for Los Angeles, and his dreams of television come true in a very unlikely way.

Duration:00:30:57

UnFictional Wrap Party

3/21/2019
Come join us to celebrate the season!

Duration:00:00:53