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“LA Made” is a new series exploring stories of bold Californian innovators and how they forever changed the lives of millions all over the world. Each season will unpack the untold and surprising stories behind some of the most exciting innovations that continue to influence our lives today.

Season 1, “LA Made: Blood, Sweat & Rockets,” tells the hidden story of the fearless, groundbreaking and ambitious crew who shaped our quest to outer space and ushered in the early days of space exploration at Pasadena’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at CalTech. Known as the “Suicide Squad,” the team’s road to triumph was fraught with controversies involving the occult, a suspected spy ring, unplanned explosions, and a suspicious death. Join writer and life-long aerospace fanatic M.G. Lord as she uncovers their story and reveals the shocking origins of rocket science in this 12 episode season. 

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    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 32 Ratings

“LA Made” is a new series exploring stories of bold Californian innovators and how they forever changed the lives of millions all over the world. Each season will unpack the untold and surprising stories behind some of the most exciting innovations that continue to influence our lives today.

Season 1, “LA Made: Blood, Sweat & Rockets,” tells the hidden story of the fearless, groundbreaking and ambitious crew who shaped our quest to outer space and ushered in the early days of space exploration at Pasadena’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at CalTech. Known as the “Suicide Squad,” the team’s road to triumph was fraught with controversies involving the occult, a suspected spy ring, unplanned explosions, and a suspicious death. Join writer and life-long aerospace fanatic M.G. Lord as she uncovers their story and reveals the shocking origins of rocket science in this 12 episode season. 

    Blood, Sweat & Rockets: Sexmagick in the Desert

    Blood, Sweat & Rockets: Sexmagick in the Desert

    While Frank Malina struggles with the militarization of his work, Jack Parsons is not so bothered. Instead, he's having the time of his life enjoying the Squad’s success and giving in entirely to hedonism and Sexmagick. It's all fun and games until the FBI starts investigating.

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    • 26 min
    Blood, Sweat & Rockets: The Other Side of Frank Malina

    Blood, Sweat & Rockets: The Other Side of Frank Malina

    Frank Malina is wracked with inner conflict over working for the military. His calls for scientific advancement for the purpose of bettering humanity fall on deaf ears, which leads him to embrace a political philosophy that the US government is increasingly hostile towards.

     

    • 30 min
    Blood, Sweat & Rockets: Cred

    Blood, Sweat & Rockets: Cred

    The semi-successful Halloween test earns the squad some legitimacy and some money. Without consistent funding, though, the Suicide Squad breaks up before they've really gotten started. Until the U.S. government is caught off guard by the Nazis’ technological advancements and decides it needs to accelerate its own rocketry production — fast. 

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    • 26 min
    Blood, Sweat & Rockets: The Suicide Squad

    Blood, Sweat & Rockets: The Suicide Squad

    Meet the Suicide Squad: Jack Parsons, Frank Malina, and their crew. They're a band of young engineers, chemists, and mathematicians who saw the limitless potential of aerospace before the field was even a field. In an effort to earn credibility, the squad plans a dramatic experiment — a critical proof of concept — to showcase a technology they believe could be the future of humanity. Will it succeed — or fail spectacularly?  

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    • 25 min
    Introducing LA Made: Blood, Sweat & Rockets, from LAist Studios

    Introducing LA Made: Blood, Sweat & Rockets, from LAist Studios

    From NASA sending astronauts to the moon to billionaires launching themselves into space, there’s something about the cosmos that inspires people to attempt the impossible. But none of those things might have happened if it weren’t for a group of unsung engineers in Pasadena back in the 1930s. They risked it all for the sake of blowing stuff up and changing the world. They were known as the “Suicide Squad.” This is their story.

    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

food is fun ,

I’m hooked!

Oh, Wow. This has it all. Tight writing, good voice work by MG Lord, great production values, lots of intrigue (the “suicide squad”?), historical importance, and even the hint of some very strong characters. I'm hooked!

Only crazies in the building ,

Rockets and Satanists

What a fascinating and important subject and a highly entertaining podcast. The host, MG Lord, author of a funny and insightful memoir and history about aerospace in SoCal, Astro Turf brings her droll appreciation for visionary outsiders to this story — which is everything but a simple celebration of rocket science. After this first episode, about a certain odd team of men who blow things up, we can’t wait for the story of Satanists who performed acts of Sex Magic. The twist: they are the same people. Even having read the memoir, I can’t wait for more!

Sabrina Z Calderón ,

Can’t wait for the next episode!

I loved it! MG Lord is an excellent host. Her unique voice makes it thrilling and exciting! Not to mention her extensive knowledge of the subject. Gave me the impression of a 1950’s sci-fi radio show.

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