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How to L.A. aims to drop a little knowledge about ALL the things that affect the people of Los Angeles, whether that’s something that makes our city great (tacos!) or something that we need to work on, like the alarming number of traffic collisions. We serve the curious Angeleno who wants to better connect with our city, discover the new, navigate the confusing and even drive some change along the way. 

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.

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How to L.A. aims to drop a little knowledge about ALL the things that affect the people of Los Angeles, whether that’s something that makes our city great (tacos!) or something that we need to work on, like the alarming number of traffic collisions. We serve the curious Angeleno who wants to better connect with our city, discover the new, navigate the confusing and even drive some change along the way. 

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.

    HTLA Presents: L.A. On The Margins - Jahmark the soul shaker

    HTLA Presents: L.A. On The Margins - Jahmark the soul shaker

    This is our final installment of LA On The Margins, stories produced by journalism students at USC. In this episode, we meet an Uber driver -  slash - reggae artist who is trying to make it in this beautiful, complicated city... and we learn about his struggle with balancing the "city of the gig worker," with the "city of creativity." 
     

    • 20 min
    HTLA Presents: L.A. On The Margins - Mens Central Jail

    HTLA Presents: L.A. On The Margins - Mens Central Jail

    We're back with another installment of LA On The Margins, a collection of stories produced by students at USC. This time, reporter Sophie Sullivan takes us to the largest jail in LA County — a jail considered by many to be uninhabitable, and which, in 2021, was ordered closed by L.A. County Supervisors due to "inhumane conditions." But the jail still stands today. In this episode, we hear from families whose loved ones died while in custody of the jail and who now seek answers as to why. A warning - this episode contains mentions of suicide and includes strong language.This story was co-published and supported by the journalism non-profit the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

    • 26 min
    Why 'kitten season’ is such a tough time for LA’s cat crusaders

    Why 'kitten season’ is such a tough time for LA’s cat crusaders

    #298: Did you know that we are in the middle of kitten season? It's a super busy time for shelter workers, cat rescues, and the many Angelenos who volunteer their time to help save cats.
    Today we are talking about those folks and what’s being done in L.A. and OC to try to improve the lives of free-roaming cats in Southern California. According to L.A.'s Department of Animal Services, there’s about 960,000 of them in the city of L.A. alone. 
    Read more at LAist: ‘Kitten season’ sounds cute, but it’s one of the toughest times for LA’s cat crusaders

    • 14 min
    Our favorite beaches in LA to beat the heat

    Our favorite beaches in LA to beat the heat

    #297: Looking to escape the heat this summer? Well, look no further than LA's biggest swimming pool. We've got the team here with Brian in LAist's Studio B to share our favorite coastal recommendations, whether you're looking for a place to have quiet picnic or you're learning to tandem surf with your dog. All summer we'll have more recommendations for more ways to spend your weekend, so keep an ear out!

    • 19 min
    This cooking class provides support for refugees and migrants

    This cooking class provides support for refugees and migrants

    #296:
    Flavors From Afar is a caterer and soon to be restaurant in East Hollywood. As part of the nonprofit TIYAA Foundation, Flavors From Afar also hosts a culinary training program for folks from all over the globe who are new to this city. Consisting of migrants and refugees resettling in L.A. and looking for work, it's an 8 week training program designed to teach aspiring chefs everything from knife skills to applying for licenses. Associate editor Aaricka Washington checked out a class and is on HTLA to tell host Brian De Los Santos all about it.
    Check out their website for culinary sessions, catering and the Global Dinner Series here: https://www.flavorsfromafar.co/
    And if you're curious, the next culinary session course for new participants will begin August 6th.  

    • 11 min
    Kayaking Down The LA River?!

    Kayaking Down The LA River?!

    #141: Ok - no more Cheap Fast Eats... But we've still got a great holiday treat for y'all. Maybe something to do this weekend to beat the heat? Today, we're revisiting the time Brian and Evan went down the LA River in a kayak. 
    Original episode description below:
    Whitewater kayaking might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you picture the L.A. River. Too much concrete, right? Not enough water? Well, think again. Kayaking the L.A. River officially became legal in 2011 when the EPA declared it a "navigable waterway." And turns out... it's pretty fun!
    Join How to LA host Brian De Los Santos and producer Evan Jacoby as they paddle down a 2-mile stretch of river that does NOT have a concrete bottom and passes through the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Preserve.
    Guests: Gary Golding, guide with LA River Expeditions & survivalist; Dennis Mabasa, COO of Friends of the LA River
    There's a lot of local stewards of the river who are working to make sure that parts of it can be enjoyed by all of us Angelenos as well as the birds and resident critters.  If you want to  keep up to date on all the things going on with the river, make sure to follow FOLAR on social media or check out their website at folar.org
    Also, you check out more info on the river on LAist.com/HowToLA. 

    • 17 min

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Love the Revival House series

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Episode on loneliness

Kudos, the first episode on loneliness was really well done in form and substance. Not an easy topic to tackle in that format and I thought you did it well.

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