10 episodes

“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
    • 4.8 • 53 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: The Curse of Tsien

    Blood, Sweat & Rockets: The Curse of Tsien

    While Frank Malina escaped the worst of the FBI's treatment, Suicide Squad member Tsien Hsue-Shen was not so lucky. This episode chronicles the shocking story of how the United States wound up losing one of its most brilliant minds in rocketry to China. 

     

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    • 28 min
    Blood, Sweat & Rockets: Lucky Break

    Blood, Sweat & Rockets: Lucky Break

    Malina leaves behind military work and brings his idealism to a new life and a new organization: UNESCO, in Paris. Back in the US, the FBI fumes, arrests Sidney Weinbaum, and makes every attempt to extradite Frank Malina… 

     

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    • 25 min
    Blood, Sweat & Rockets: Seeing Red

    Blood, Sweat & Rockets: Seeing Red

    Horrified that his new rocket design will become the vehicle for a nuclear warhead, Malina leaves JPL… just in time for the Red Scare to ramp up. Malina flees to France, but the FBI is hot on his trail. And one of Malina’s former Aerojet colleagues seems more than happy to tell them about Malina’s communist past.

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    • 30 min
    Blood, Sweat & Rockets: Babalon

    Blood, Sweat & Rockets: Babalon

    Jack Parsons’s involvement in sexmagick threatens his position at Aerojet. And his troubles at home reach a breaking point when a red-haired, thirtysomething science fiction writer named L. Ron Hubbard walks into his world… and catches the eye of Jack’s girlfriend.

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    • 25 min
    Blood, Sweat & Rockets: Women in Aerospace

    Blood, Sweat & Rockets: Women in Aerospace

    Women trailblazers in aerospace often weren’t credited — including one woman who accomplished critical work with the Suicide Squad: Barbara Canright. This episode explores her contributions, as well as those of two other women pioneers in the field.

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    • 25 min
    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.

    Episode 5 will launch January 10th.

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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

IBC LA ,

I love MG Lord’s voice!

And the podcast of course.

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!

DanteMac26 ,

Not worth the time

I stopped following this on the fourth episode. It was a fairly decent show up for the first three, but the host really threw her objectivity out the window on the fourth. The vitriol was quite shocking actually.

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