105 episodes

L.A. Meekly is a monthly comedy podcast about Los Angeles history put out by comedians Greg Gonzalez and Daniel Zafran that battles the idea that LA has no history by delving in the weird, unbelievable and, occasionally, haunted details from the past of their native city.

L.A. Meekly: A Los Angeles History Podcast Daniel Zafran & Greg Gonzalez & the history of Los Angeles

    • Places & Travel
    • 4.8, 125 Ratings

L.A. Meekly is a monthly comedy podcast about Los Angeles history put out by comedians Greg Gonzalez and Daniel Zafran that battles the idea that LA has no history by delving in the weird, unbelievable and, occasionally, haunted details from the past of their native city.

    Voices of Protest: 2020

    Voices of Protest: 2020

    Listeners sick of our voices rejoice: an entire episode made up of you the listener!  We reached out to all of you who took part in the Black Lives Matter protests to send in recordings of your experiences and you came through.  What you're about to hear are a few different stories from the streets of the marches from the people who were there.  We want to again thank everyone who helped out and also everyone who has been out there making their voices heard.  We're proud of you.

    • 52 min
    65-92-20 (Watts Uprising and '92 Riots)

    65-92-20 (Watts Uprising and '92 Riots)

    Another month of 2020, another episode of L.A. Meekly.  In viewing what has been going on in our city the past month and looking towards the future we decided to take a look back at two parallels from the city's past: the 1965 Watts Uprising (21:09) and the 1992 Riots following the beating of Rodney King (1:04:31).  ATTENTION! We mention in this episode we will be including recordings from people who attended the protests this past month.  We got more than expected so we will be releasing that as it's own dedicated episode TOMORROW.

    • 2 hr 20 min
    Summer of Same (Summer In Los Angeles)

    Summer of Same (Summer In Los Angeles)

    Summer is here and it's nothing like any of us expected. In this very summer vacation style loose episode we'll be covering what summer in LA means to us and a few of our favorite traditions we like to take part in under better circumstances. DISCLAIMER: This episode was recorded well before the current situation in the city unfolded which makes our laments sound even more trivial. More important history is in the making but if you need something light just to help you fall asleep at night, this is for you. Stay safe everybody.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    The Wrath of Con (Con Artists)

    The Wrath of Con (Con Artists)

    Hold onto your wallets; this month we're covering some of the city's most notorious con artists.  We'll be talking about the town of Girard (19:52), the Bling Ring (35:13), the Julian Pete Scandal (1:09:52), Michael Romanoff (1:30:03) and the Billionaire Boys Club (1:53:22).

    • 2 hr 13 min
    Field Trip! The L.A. River with Paul Haddad

    Field Trip! The L.A. River with Paul Haddad

    Pack a lunch or just catch what you eat out of the always fresh L.A. River as we sit down with author Paul Haddad to discuss his book "10,000 Steps A Day in LA."  We'll cover some of the best walks in the city and how great his book is at being a jumping off point to explore new parts of the city.  (Never fear: this episode was recorded pre-quarantine)

    • 49 min
    Easy Writers (Pulp Authors)

    Easy Writers (Pulp Authors)

    Stuck in the house all day and night?  Scared to go outside and would rather get lost safely in a book?  If this unique situation applies to you and you alone then this is the episode for you.  This month we cover a few of LA's prized local pulp writers.  Travel to Mars with Edgar Rice Burroughs (14:57), travel to Mars with Leigh Brackett (53:37), travel to Mars with Ray Bradbury (1:20:49) and travel to only LA with Raymond Chandler (1:51:01).

    • 2 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
125 Ratings

125 Ratings

lacadenita ,

The H in history stands for HILARIOUS

The hosts can make anything sound interesting. Thought railway systems were boring? Think again. Thank you for bringing us this content, I look forward to laughing my ass off every month-a devoted Meekling

Andy Lomeli ,

Hilarious Way to Fall in Love with LA

Two great things about this podcast: the hilarity as well as the devotion to finding the amazing, hidden gems of LA and it’s lengthy history.

Marjorie Congdon ,

Obsessed

If you like history, Los Angeles, comedy, creepy stuff, and/or random trivia, this is the podcast for you. Greg and Daniel are a hoot (or their own respective hoots, I guess?). You listen now.

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