What do we mean when we talk about home? A podcast from Bill Barol.
Goodbye (for now)
I started this podcast in the fall of 2015 with a notion to tell stories of the many ways people think about home. For 27 episodes, that’s what I’ve done. I don’t think that going in I ever conceived HOME as a project that would go on in perpetuity, and now, in the fall of 2017, I’m finding that it’s reached the end of its natural lifespan. So I’m putting the show on an indefinite hiatus.
Producing this show has been one of the best and happiest experiences of my working life. I’ve learned so much about the world of podcasting, where there’s such excellent work being done by independent producers of all kinds, and about the place where since 1990, I’ve made my home. However you came to the show — whether it was via my friends and partners at Boing Boing, particularly Mark Frauenfelder, or through the flattering press the show received in LA Magazine, The Atlantic, The Christian Science Monitor and The NY Times — however you got here, I’m grateful that you did. I’m deeply appreciative for the early support from friends in the podcast community, like Devon Taylor, Harry Duran and Dan Lizette, and for the advice I’ve received from podcasters I admire, like Nate DiMeo of The Memory Palace. And to the people who’ve let me stick a mic in their faces and tell a version of their stories — my thanks as well.
One more thing.
Podcasting has enjoyed explosive growth over the two years I’ve done this show. It isn’t going anywhere. And neither am I. I have ideas for a couple of new series and I’m planning to bring at least one of them to you in 2018. They’re sort of like HOME, but also sort of not. I hope you’ll keep an eye peeled on the Facebook page or the Twitter feed, or you can follow my personal account at Twitter and I’ll keep you updated there.
Thanks for your support, thanks for listening, and I’ll see you with a new show in the new year.
“Jackie” and “Ah Clouds” are by the generous and talented Chad Crouch, a/k/a Podington Bear, whose music has been a big part of HOME.
Episode 26: Going Tiny
HGTV and glossy magazines have sparked a boomlet of interest in tiny homes, but they’ve also made them look fun, cute and easy. The realities of a tiny lifestyle can be more daunting. Municipalities often don’t know what to make of tiny houses, and living in one legally is, in many places, challenging. There’s a lack of infrastructure for people who want to build them. And although they’re in many ways an imaginative solution to some of the most vexing urban housing issues, they don’t yet have a high profile in cities. Is there a place for tiny homes in Los Angeles? One woman thinks so, and has founded a collective of like-minded people to make it happen.
Learn more about LATCH Collective here, here and here.
* “Animal Fair,” by Trevor Thornton
* “Vinyl Baile,” by Podington Bear
* “Lleb,” by Podington Bear
* “Proliferate,” by Podington Bear
Top: Photo by Ben Chun: Creative Commons
Photo of Tessa Baker courtesy of LATCH Collective
Episode 25: Lost Heroes and Miniature Histories
“The best historians in L.A. are storytellers. They’re gangsters in east L.A., they’re ex-cons, they’re guys who worked in their garage their whole life, they’re guys who’ve worked at one business for forty years, people who’ve lived on one street for forty years… “
“All Night Menu” started with a question: What is a well-known photograph of William Faulkner not telling us about his time in Hollywood? Since then writer Sam Sweet has spent four years prowling LA for its most closely-held stories. The result is a lovingly-produced, meticulously-researched and gorgeously-written three volumes of the city’s secret history.
Top: Photo of the Maravilla handball court by Sam Sweet. Read Sam’s remarkable story on the Maravilla court in its entirety here.
* “Tangle,” by Blue Dot Sessions
* “Sprout,” by Podington Bear
* “All The Ways,” by Podington Bear
* “Morning Mist,” by Podington Bear
* “Peas Corps,” by Podington Bear
* “Prelude No. 2,” by Chris Zabriskie
* “Life In A Moment,” by Scott Holmes
Audio assistance for the episode was provided by Sameer Sengupta.
Thanks to Sam Sweet, whose non-fiction novel “Hadley Lee Lightcap” will be published in September by All Night Menu Books. You can order the three volumes of “All Night Menu” published so far direct from Sam, or if you’re in Los Angeles, find them at Skylight Books and South Willard.
Episode 24: Life, Death, Ego and Eternity
The original Forest Lawn Memorial Park, in the hills above Glendale, may be best known outside California for inspiring the sledgehammer satire of the 1965 cult comedy “The Loved One.” For tourists and curiosity-seekers, it’s the gonzo life’s work of Hubert Eaton, who memorialized himself as The Builder in the park’s every corner. For the families of the people interred there, though, it’s something more, and harder to joke away: A place of their own, green and quiet, and eternity-adjacent.
Take a video tour of Forest Lawn.
* “Prelude No. 20,” by Chris Zabriskie
* “Locked Up,” by Scott Holmes
* “Pick Up The Tempo,” by Podington Bear
* “Glass Slipper,” by Podington Bear
* “Prelude No. 21,” by Chris Zabriskie
* “Ascending Light,” by Scott Holmes
* “Gentle Reminder,” by Blue Dot Sessions
* “Cylinder Six,” by Chris Zabriskie
Thanks to Adam Papagan, Adrian Glick Kudler (whose excellent story “Los Angeles Is Killing Us” is here) and Elizabeth Harper.
Episode 23: The Last House On Mulholland
How will we live in 20 years? Or 50? Or 100? A one-of-a-kind, only-in-LA plot at the very end of Mulholland Highway inspired some of the world’s best designers to think hard about the home of the future, in Los Angeles and beyond.
* “One More Time,” by Quincy Jones
* Theme from “The Jetsons”
* “Hollywood Holiday,” by Frank Samuels
* “On A Wing,” by Podington Bear
* “Business Gateway,” by Scott Holmes
* “Oui,” By Podington Bear
* “Netherland,” by Podington Bear
* “Cylinder Three,” by Chris Zabriskie
Welcome back for Season 5 of HOME! You can follow the show at Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Subscribe to the mailing list here. And don’t forget to subscribe to the show feed — it’s just above, it’s one-click-easy, and you’ll get every new episode in your favorite podcatcher the minute it’s released. Finally, if you get a second, please visit the iTunes Store and leave the show a review and a rating. It’s a small thing that makes a big difference in helping to spread the word. Thanks! — bb
For more information about The Last House on Mulholland, visit the web site.
There’s more information about The Ambivalent House here, and about the Hollywood competition here.
Photo: Steve Alper at the Last House site, May 2017
Rendering of The Ambivalent House by Hirsuta: Jason Payne, Michael Zimmerman, Joseph Giampietro & Ryosuke Imaeda
Special thanks to Steve Alper, Jason Payne and Nick Graham.
Update: Season 5 starts July 5
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Southern California on the ground
Southern California is a wacky place filled with wacky people and their wacky stories. Bill brings a wide variety of them straight to you. It's independent radio that really feels like it could've come out of public radio. Well-produced, thoughtful, and entertaining.
This podcast is very well written and produced. Even if the subject seems only moderately interesting, the producer has a way of insightfully drawing out meaning and emotions attached to the subject. Also, I love the music chosen for background in this.
Delightful, thoughtful and entertaining
This podcast give depth and texture to LA in a unique and compelling way. Bill layers his message providing incredible insight into how we make and live in our homes.
It's really a great podcast even if you don't particularly care about LA.