16 episodes

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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    • 4.8 • 39 Ratings

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.

    Navigating The Teen Fentanyl Crisis

    Navigating The Teen Fentanyl Crisis

    Drug use among teens is actually down but overdose deaths have spiked, doubling nationwide in 2020, largely due to the spread of counterfeit pills. In Los Angeles, a 15-year-old girl died after consuming a pill laced with fentanyl. In a surprise move, the Los Angeles Unified School District now says it will distribute Narcan, which reverses the effects of an opioid overdose, to junior and senior high schools. So, how did we get here? How to LA host Brian De Los Santos explores that question and how to talk to kids about this epidemic. Guests: Joseph Friedman, UCLA researcher and author of a recent JAMA study on teen drug use and overdose deaths; Keegan Hamilton, who covers organized crime and the drug trade at VICE.

    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.

    Correction: Alberto Carvalho’s name was mispronounced in an earlier version of this episode.

    • 14 min
    Bus Riders Seeking Shade + A Walk In Ascot Hills

    Bus Riders Seeking Shade + A Walk In Ascot Hills

    There are roughly eight thousand bus stops in Los Angeles but three-quarters of them don’t provide ANY kinda of shade from the sun. And with the inevitable schedule delays, you know Angelenos are sometimes waiting 45 minutes or more for their ride. This has long been recognized as a problem but now the L.A. City Council thinks they have a plan in place that'll make a difference. Will it? Plus, take a stroll through Ascot Hills with an LAist reader who explains why this place is her special place. Guests: Ryan Fonseca, Associate Editor, Transportation and Mobility for LAist; Jessica Meaney, executive director of Investing in Place; Maria Patiño Gutierrez, LAist reader

    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.

    • 9 min
    Discovering The Past and Present of Little Tokyo

    Discovering The Past and Present of Little Tokyo

    How to LA is back at it, exploring the different neighborhoods that make up this beautiful city. Today we’re checking out Little Tokyo, where we’ll learn how its art, food, and community advocacy make it such a special place.

    Guests:Grant Sunoo, director of community building & engagement at Little Tokyo Service Center; Brian Kito, owner of Fugetsu-Do; Sharon Kamegai Cocita, director of development at Little Tokyo Service Center; and LAist reader Ryan Chu-Tachikawa

    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.

    • 10 min
    The Bugs are Buggin' at Debs Park

    The Bugs are Buggin' at Debs Park

    Los Angeles has a lot to offer when it comes to the outdoors. But here's the thing: if hiking or camping wasn't a part of your world growing up, it can feel a little intimidating to make the plunge. HTLA host Brian De Los Santos is one of those Angelenos that didn't grow up exploring the outdoors... But that's all about to change at Debs Park, just east of the 110 near Montecito Heights. 

    Guest: Maricela (Marci) Rosales, Program Associate Director at the Conservation Lands Foundation

    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.

     

    • 9 min
    Discovering Community at Black Market Flea

    Discovering Community at Black Market Flea

    Black Market Flea is like a cross between an outdoor bazaar and a party. Sure, you can buy some cool vintage threads but it is definitely a lot more than a flea market and has become something of a community space for Black Angelenos. It's been going on once-a-month for a year now so the How To LA team went to check it out at the Beehive in South Central Los Angeles. More details are here. 

    Guest:

    Aaricka Washington, Associate Editor, How to LA Newsletter 

     

    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.

    • 8 min
    Brown & Gay in LA

    Brown & Gay in LA

    Growing up as a gay Filipino man in the 90s and 2000s with immigrant parents, Anthony Ocampo felt confused and alone. Now a professor and sociologist, he wrote a memoir exploring the challenges of discovering oneself in LA during that period. He joins HTLA host, Brian De Los Santos, to talk about what he's learned over the years – and, to give a preview of what's inside his new book: Brown and Gay in LA: The Lives of Immigrant Sons. 

    Guest:Anthony Christian Ocampo, Professor of Sociology, Cal Poly Pomona

    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.

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Becca Koester ,

My new morning friend

What a find! These brief episodes are the perfect companion to my mid-week mornings. I’ve learned something new about my city with each listen. It really sounds like I’m right there with Brian De Los Santos, meeting new people and trying new foods.

I thought I wasn’t going to get anything from the water-saving episode, because it feels like those types of tips are always geared toward home-owners with big yards and not us apartment-dwellers. I was happy that the episode acknowledged that and provided perspective to us perma-renters.

Keep it up!

nshannon212 ,

Making me miss LA every day

Living vicariously across the country. Great production and mixing.

Shellandjj ,

LOVE!

So far, each episode has been engaging with great ideas for both Angelinos and visitors. Thanks!

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