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Bring the pages of the magazine to life. Alta revels in everything about California and the West — with penetrating investigative articles, clever essays, vivid photos and smart reviews. Alta's podcast digs deeper into the pages of the magazine to bring our stories to life.

Bring the pages of the magazine to life. Alta revels in everything about California and the West — with penetrating investigative articles, clever essays, vivid photos and smart reviews. Alta's podcast digs deeper into the pages of the magazine to bring our stories to life.
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San Francisco, CA

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Bring the pages of the magazine to life. Alta revels in everything about California and the West — with penetrating investigative articles, clever essays, vivid photos and smart reviews. Alta's podcast digs deeper into the pages of the magazine to bring our stories to life.

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@AltaOnline

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English


Episodes

The Final Event

3/13/2019
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Cindy Hegger specializes in end-of-life photography. She began this stage of her business after photographing activists working in Sacramento to pass what ultimately became California’s End of Life Option Act, a law that allows terminally ill residents to end their life with self-administered drugs. Cindy and her clients treat the end of one’s life just like any other major milestone — something that should be documented with photos and treasured. Her work — and the process of end of life...

Duration:00:14:29

Beverly Hills Subway

2/27/2019
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Dangerous fumes. Explosions. Terrorism. Lisa Korbatov has cited all sorts of dire threats in her efforts to prevent LA Metro from digging a subway tunnel under Beverly Hills High School — without success. Now, with the project about to break ground, Korbatov has one last hope: an appeal to her friend in the White House. Journalists Matt Smith and Lance Williams from the Center for Investigative reporting join Alta's podcast to detail this extraordinary fight — and one extraordinary...

Duration:00:17:28

Underground Adventurers

2/13/2019
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Writer Zack Ruskin takes us into the underground world of urban explorers, a collection of bold adventurers who make their way, legal or not, into abandoned buildings and structures. Show notes: Zack's original article that appeared in Alta's Spring 2019 issue Tunnelbug's Instagram Tunnelbug's Flickr Reddit/Urban Exploration

Duration:00:20:50

The Original Girl in the Well

1/30/2019
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Historian Bill Deverell joins the Alta podcast to discuss the 1949 San Marino “girl in the well” story. Bill details of this historic piece of California history and explains how little Kathy Fiscus’ fall into a well changed the course of modern media.

Duration:00:23:03

Totally Over In-N-Out

1/16/2019
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Alta contributing editor Gustavo Arellano defends his distaste for In-N-Out Burger, comparing the West Coast chain to the most cliche aspects of California living and reveals his top picks for solid (and local) fast food — without the 30-minute drive-thru line.

Duration:00:18:00

A ride on the TMZ Celebrity Bus Tour

1/2/2019
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Quinn Cummings, a regular contributor to Alta, an author and an Oscar-nominated actress reveals all from her ride aboard a TMZ Hollywood Celebrity Tour bus — an experience we’re really curious about but not sure we could actually stomach ourselves.

Duration:00:13:33

Whole Earth Catalog

12/19/2018
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Journalist and author John Markoff discusses the Whole Earth Catalog, a long defunct counter-culture magazine and product catalog published by writer and entrepreneur Stewart Brand. Markoff details how the catalog came to be, why the Whole Earth Catalog was so vital, the ways it influenced Silicon Valley, and if there will ever be anything like it again.

Duration:00:21:39

Plight of the Honeybees

12/5/2018
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In this Alta Podcast, Byard Duncan, a journalist for Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, discusses the millions of bees shipped into California’s almond orchards every winter and the criminals who make careers out of stealing them.

Duration:00:15:33

Brown is the New Orange County

11/21/2018
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In this week's Alta Podcast, Gustavo Arellano discusses the shifting cultural landscape of Orange County, how and why the OC changing, how politicians are responding to the shifts, and what that might mean for the rest of the state — and the country.

Duration:00:15:50

Atomic Blonde

11/7/2018
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Journalist Carrie Beauchamp takes us behind the scenes of particularly rare Hollywood photo shoot in 1953 starring Marilyn Monroe and a lavish 16-acre Beverly Hills estate.

Duration:00:19:35

Food Fight: L.A. vs. SF

10/24/2018
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In this Alta Podcast, food writer Tamara Palmer makes it clear that when it comes to cuisine, LA is killing it right now. Meanwhile, longtime critic Michael Bauer defends San Francisco's culinary honor.

Duration:00:21:13

Neal Cassady's letter to Jack Kerouac

10/10/2018
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In this Alta Podcast, Cathy Cassady and journalist David Ulin discuss the famous letter Cathy's dad, Neal Cassady, wrote author Jack Kerouac, its impact on American literature, Neal Cassady’s major role in the Beat Generation and the little-known but vital work of author Carolyn Cassady.

Duration:00:17:15

Miriam Pawel talks "The Browns of California"

9/26/2018
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Miriam Pawel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, historian and author of several books, including the newly released “The Browns of California,” sits down with University of Southern California professor and historian Bill Deverell to discuss the political dynasty of former California governor Pat Brown, his son, Governor Jerry Brown, and the story of California through one extraordinary family.

Duration:00:23:20

Film Critic David Ansen

9/12/2018
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Longtime Newsweek film critic and current lead programmer of the Palm Springs International Film Festival David Ansen explains exactly why he's never really liked the "Star Wars" franchise, details the backlash his "Star Wars" reviews have received and talks about the ever-changing world of film.

Duration:00:20:38

Obi Kaufmann

8/29/2018
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"The California Field Atlas" author and artist Obi Kaufmann discusses his creative process, his plans for future work and why he's really not wild about being compared to John Muir.

Duration:00:22:48

Quest for a National LGBTQ Museum

8/15/2018
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Alta contributor Shane Downing takes us into the battle to create an LGBTQ museum, explains the pros and cons of having such a museum in San Francisco versus elsewhere in the country and details the forces behind the movement.

Duration:00:20:20

Artificial Intelligence Fitness Trainers

8/1/2018
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Blaise Zerega reports on Vi, a new in-ear AI device that encourages the user throughout a workout, monitors body data and offers fitness advice in much the same a human trainer would — without the weekly cost. Zerega also explains how a new pill can actually mimic the physical effects of exercise without requiring the user to move a muscle.

Duration:00:11:43

Sonoma's Burning Problem

7/26/2018
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Journalists Patrick Michels and Eric Sagara of Reveal/The Center for Investigative Reporting take us onto their research for their "Sonoma's Burning Problem" story, explain exactly why some geographic areas are more susceptible to fires than others and reveal how their work on this story changed the way they see fire safety in their own homes.

Duration:00:14:12

Prepping for 'The Big One'

7/26/2018
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Emergency preparedness expert Janelle Fazackerly details exactly what's missing from most survival kits on the market and advises listeners on how to supplement their kits to best support their families when "The Big One" inevitably hits.

Duration:00:14:16