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.
Strike's Over. What's Next?
#159: The Writers Guild of America strike came to an end last week. This week, members will vote to ratify the contract. That appears to be on course as — at first review — the deal seems to be a good one, with provisions on streaming residuals and limits on the use of AI. For a better understanding on where things go from here, How to LA brings back two writers we spoke to when the picketing began back in May.
Guests: WGA captain and writer Caroline Renard; TV writer Rafael Agustin.Here are some specific details of the contract: https://laist.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/historic-writers-strike-ends
HTLA Presents: Imperfect Paradise: Nury & The Secret Tapes
This is How To LA, the podcast that helps you navigate this city. I’m Brian De Los Santos. I want to share with you another podcast from LAist Studios that I think you’ll really want to listen to: Imperfect Paradise: Nury & The Secret Tapes.
For the next few weeks, we’ll be dropping episodes every Friday.
Nury & The Secret Tapes is an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the biggest political scandal in recent Los Angeles history – one year later. The secret recording of then-LA City Council President Nury Martinez and three other Latino leaders making racist and derogatory remarks…exposed deep underlying issues of race and politics.
In the first episode, you’ll hear directly from the people most affected by the tapes.
CONTENT WARNING: There’s some strong language in this episode, including racist and derogatory remarks.
Here’s Imperfect Paradise host Antonia Cereijido – Nury and The Secret Tapes. Part 1
Go to Hellofresh.com/50imperfect and use code 50imperfect for 50% off plus 15% off the next 2 months!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.
The Crenshaw Wall Gets A New Look, A New Mural
#158: Destination Crenshaw. It's the multimillion L.A. City project spearheaded by the non-profit of the same name. It aims to revitalize the historic Black community with new parks, more trees and millions of dollars infused into the area's arts and culture. But like with change in any neighborhood, there's the inevitable question of what else it will bring. Will it become overcrowded? Will it become to expensive to rent an apartment? Will its be residents ultimately be displaced?
To understand all that, we're zooming in on one of the first steps in the revitalization project: The Crenshaw Wall. Spray paint muralist Eric "King Cre8" Walker and his Rocking the Nation crew will soon put up a new mural along the 780-ft structure.
Today, How to LA's Aaricka Washington is taking Brian De Los Santos to see the current mural before they start the new one... painted in 2001 by the same group.
Guest: Eric "King Cre8" Walker, graffiti artistFor more, read Aaricka's story in LAist: https://laist.com/news/how-la-plans-to-revitalize-the-crenshaw-district-and-restore-its-famous-wall
The Making Of The 'Nury And The Secret Tapes' Podcast
#157: It’s been almost one year since a secret recording of four powerful Latino leaders in Los Angeles leaked to the public, setting off one of the biggest political scandals in L.A. history.
Then-City Council President Nury Martinez, Councilmembers Gil Cedillo and Kevin De León, and labor leader Ron Herrera were caught on tape making racist, demeaning comments about Indigenous people, Black Angelenos (including a city councilmember's child), and Black political power.
And it was all in the context of a strategy session about advancing Latino power in the city.
The tapes became national news, with many people — including President Joe Biden —calling for all the leaders to resign. Herrera and Martinez did. And now, for the first time since her resignation, we hear from Nury Martinez in an exclusive interview with LAist Studios.
Our colleagues on the 'Imperfect Paradise' podcast team, including host Antonia Cereijido, challenged Martinez to account for the racist, hurtful things she said in that conversation.
The team spoke with former and current councilmembers about their reaction to the tapes — including Mike Bonin who, along with his young Black son, was singled out in the conversation — and to scholars and indigenous rights activists about what the tapes revealed about long-simmering tensions within the city.
In today's episode 'How To LA,' Antonia talks with Brian about the making of the podcast.
Exploring The 'Light of Learning' — And LA History — In The Public Library
#156: The Los Angeles Public Library is 150!
LAPL has 72 branches throughout LA, and is one of the largest library systems in the country.
In honor or this special anniversary, How To LA producer Megan Botel is exploring Central Library in downtown LA. It's an architectural GEM of 538 thousand square feet and 89 miles of shelving. Learn about the history of Los Angeles Public Library, going back to its beginnings in 1872, as well as some of the most brilliant features of the Central Library building.
Guest: James Sherman, librarian of literature and fiction at Los Angeles Public Library.
Click here more information on use of equipment in the Octavia Lab.
Student Loans are Back, Are You Ready?
#155: Student loan payments resume next month. Host Brian De Los Santos talks to NPR's Cory Turner about what people need to know right now. Then, LAist reporter Julia Barajas tells us how we got to this point, where we have so much student loan debt in the US, and the role California plays in that.You can find Cory's 12 key things borrowers need to know here: https://www.npr.org/2023/08/31/1196875027/student-loan-repayment-forgiveness
And here's Julia's deep dive explainer into loan history: https://laist.com/news/education/how-student-debt-grew-history-california
And if you need to figure out your loans, go ahead and head to: https://studentaid.gov/
So fun keeping up with this podcast!
I especially love the food episodes where I learn about great and affordable places to eat and the episodes about the history of L.A.’s neighborhoods that never get the spotlight. The host, Brian, is truly the best. Whether you are a fellow Angelino or a curious outsider, a listen will certainly leave you with a greater appreciation for life in the City of Angels.
Digging Up Community
This episode is a must-listen-to for everyone.
Bad audio, minimal content
Their production/mixing where they overlay multiple tracks of people talking makes my head hurt. It’s done a few times, at least in recent episodes. Why? That’s not a normal audio technique.
Also, the ratio of content to advertising is poor.