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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. 

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.2 • 1.2K Ratings

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. 

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

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

    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 here: https://www.nami.org/About-Mental-Illness/Mental-Health-Conditions/Depression

    Resources for LGBTQIA+ Youth: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/

    Information on the Black Lives Matter Network can be found here: https://blacklivesmatter.com/

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    This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Yeah No, I'm Not OK with Byron Bowers

    Yeah No, I'm Not OK with Byron Bowers

    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 United States at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). You can find a list of additional resources at SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources.

    Additional Information on depression and anxiety can be found here: https://www.nami.org/About-Mental-Illness/Mental-Health-Conditions/Depression

    For more resources on addiction or to get help, please visit: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline.

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

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

    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.

    • 55 min
    Epilogue

    Epilogue

    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.

    • 11 min
    Ellie

    Ellie

    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.  

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    • 34 min
    Compton Cowboys

    Compton Cowboys

    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

    California Love is a limited series with 8 episodes. Show support by subscribing wherever you get your podcasts.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

Skooting ,

Love No I’m not ok!

I’ve never done a review but I really enjoyed Diane Guerrero’s show. Both episodes were very inspiring, heartfelt and valuable. Keep it going Diane - love you girl!

Bookworm•22 ,

I hear you - I am ready to do my work

I don’t listen to any podcasts but typically just take the few minutes I have as a busy mom to listen to NPR and stay current on news. The image and title struck me because I am an LA native and love my urban city and my state too. I am white and I may not be the demographic imagined for this podcast but it speaks to me too. It illuminates things I have not lived but live adjacent to. It speaks to the way I love and support my black and brown neighbors and friends. It’s immense and beautiful. My daughter is named Eleanor and we call her Elie. I went right to the Ellie podcast when I clicked on the podcast and I heard about a beautiful, bright, strong, impactful woman who is an Ellie that she can look up to. We teach our kids to be strong and to speak justice and look to be a positive part of our community to be a part of social change, speak to social and racial justice, and knowing our part as white Angelenos. Thank you, Walter. Thank you for this. Thank you for opening up and sharing your life and stories in your genuine way. It’s unique, and yet not at all, for the lives lived in our City. It means a lot to me and I just wanted to say that I appreciate you.

conjuringthedivine ,

Didn’t know how much I needed this podcast

Thank you

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