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HBO’s True Detective is a drama steeped in crime and mystery, but it’s also a show that made the Louisiana bayou a character as unforgettable as Rust Cohle or Marty Hart. The show comes to California for its second season and stars Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn. In this podcast, the journalists of Southern California Public Radio tell you what real-life stories in and around Los Angeles inspired creator Nic Pizzolatto as he wrote the script for the new season. Go behind the scenes of the locations featured and get hints about what’s to come.




This is where it ends

The main characters go hurtling across California as season two comes to an end. We'll take you to the big trees, a place really called "Dry Soggy Lake and Southern California's newest transit hub, seen for the first time on screen in "True Detective."

Duration: 00:20:20

Santa Muerte, sex party history and the LA riots

Tonight's episode has lots of ties to real LA history. We'll talk about legendary Hollywood orgies and girls, girls, girls with Karina Longworth. We'll also go to a real life Santa Muerte temple in LA to hear about why the darker characters of "True Detective" are name-checking this spirit. And we watch with Matt Gourley of "I Was There Too" who starts thinking about the LA riots, "Eyes Wide Shut" and Mt Baldy.

Duration: 00:21:23

Moving Day

We'll talk about Frank Semyon's modest new house in Glendale and go deep on the long, sordid history of high speed rail in California.

Duration: 00:22:48

Location, location, location

There is a field of wooden stakes with pink ribbons. A bar where the Velcoro men like to drink and talk. A mansion where Frank Semyon stylishly plots. These are all real places in Southern California and we have tracked them down with the help of Caleb Duffy, one of the masterminds behind "True Detective's" locations for this season. Also, we knock on Detective Ray Velcoro's door and interview the lovely person who answers. We've also mapped more locations here:...

Duration: 00:15:51

Good old police days

Detective Ray Velcoro lives and we talk to a real LA trauma surgeon about how it could have happened. Plus a cultural history of cops from Tom Explores Los Angeles and author Joe Domanick brings an LAPD history lesson covering Daryl Gates, decades of corruption and why "there ain't no PD anymore."

Duration: 00:18:46

Shotgun talk

Ray Velcoro got two in the chest from someone in a crow mask. We wanted to know what the chances are that we'll see him in the next episode. So we asked a man who knows guns, bullets and death.

Duration: 00:10:44

Vinci plays itself

Did Det. Ray Velcoro just die? We talk to creative director Patrick Clair and photographer David Maisel about the show's opening sequence. Plus, Tom Explores Los Angeles explains Vernon's (short) history in pop culture. Real-life city manager and author D. J. Waldie tells us what looks real and what doesn't in the show. And where is the microwave radio-relay skyway in the show?

Duration: 00:29:24

Extra: Are goons a real thing?

Reporting on Vernon, the city that inspires parts of Vinci in "True Detective, could be a profession that brings you the wrong kind of attention.

Duration: 00:03:49

What the F is Vinci?

In the new season of HBO's noir TV series, Colin Farrell's Det. Ray Velcoro works for the fictional city of Vinci, a city with a lot of secrets. We take a look at its real-life inspiration. (Spoilers!)

Duration: 00:20:06

KPCC's new 'True Detective' podcast about California

When we heard the second season of True Detective was set to take place in Southern California, our ears started burning - one of HBO's best shows is in our back yard!

Duration: 00:01:19