10 episodes

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. 

    Introducing Snooze, from LAist Studios

    Introducing Snooze, from LAist Studios

    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 quality journalism makes Los Angeles a better place to live. This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

    • 38 min
    Introducing Human/Nature from LAist Studios

    Introducing Human/Nature from LAist Studios

    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 repose of Oakland’s bustling Morcom Rose Garden and why seeing a Wilson’s Warbler always puts her in a good mood.

    Human Nature is sponsored by BetterHelp and our listeners get 10% off their first month of online therapy at BetterHelp.com/nature

    Support for this podcast is made possible by Gordon and Dona Crawford, who believe that quality journalism makes Los Angeles a better place to live.

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

    • 23 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.  

    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 at BetterHelp.com/LAist

    • 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

    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.

    • 39 min
    Parrots: A Parable

    Parrots: A Parable

    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.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

l.m.zapata312 ,

Love

This is the type of podcast I’ve been looking for I need more.

dkdtmorris ,

Beautiful

Truly wonderful storytelling. Exactly what I want from a podcast. Stories that are so different from my own; that open & change my mind. And I love your mom. 🥰

julifigs ,

LA love

This whole podcast was great beginning to end. My favorite episode was “Kobe”. As a native Angeleno who grew up here and left then came back I too am always fighting to remember the way it was and trying to keep the memory alive.

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