65 episodes

Southern California is home to some of the world’s most incredible innovations and accomplishments. But who are the change agents responsible for it all? Each week, Giselle Fernandez will take a deep dive into the philosophies and motivations of these people, who are creating an impact throughout the community. LA Stories Unfiltered is the companion podcast to the weekly television series on Spectrum News 1 and gives you an even more in-depth look at the stories and lives of change makers in SoCal. 
 

LA Stories Unfiltered with Giselle Fernandez Spectrum News 1

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 13 Ratings

Southern California is home to some of the world’s most incredible innovations and accomplishments. But who are the change agents responsible for it all? Each week, Giselle Fernandez will take a deep dive into the philosophies and motivations of these people, who are creating an impact throughout the community. LA Stories Unfiltered is the companion podcast to the weekly television series on Spectrum News 1 and gives you an even more in-depth look at the stories and lives of change makers in SoCal. 
 

    From 'Power Rangers' villain to powerhouse entrepreneur

    From 'Power Rangers' villain to powerhouse entrepreneur

    Jennifer Yen played the villain character Vypra on the hit series "Power Rangers: Light Force," but in real life, she struggled to find self-confidence due to skin issues from wearing heavy makeup for the show. Frustrated with trying techniques and products that didn't work, Yen drew upon on her Chinese roots and looked to her grandmothers for help, an experience that led her to give up acting in order to create her first skin care line. She tells "LA Stories" host Giselle Fernandez it was her second line that found success by celebrating her Asian heritage, which she didn't embrace the first time around per the advice of some investors. Yen now hopes to inspire other women in business to continue to fight for whatever dream they're chasing.

    • 43 min
    LAUSD's new superintendent details his goals, expectations

    LAUSD's new superintendent details his goals, expectations

    As a child growing up in Portugal, Alberto Carvalho and his family lived in poverty. After coming to America, he found himself homeless, working odd jobs until he saved up enough money to graduate college. After holding many different titles in the Miami-Dade School District, he became the district’s superintendent and is credited with turning it around, having emphasized fighting for immigrant children and underserved communities. After serving for 14 years, Carvalho moved to Los Angeles to serve as LAUSD's superintendent, telling host Giselle Fernandez that he has high goals and expectations.

    • 52 min
    Famed restaurant chain founder on giving away his fortune

    Famed restaurant chain founder on giving away his fortune

    At age 17, Charlie Zhang’s situation was dire amid China’s Cultural Revolution, but he remained hopeful thanks to his clarinet, which he learned to play himself. Zhang explains to host Giselle Fernandez how a chance to attend school in the U.S. changed his life forever, as he made it to Los Angeles with just a suitcase, his clarinet and $20 in his pocket. After a hand injury ruined his chance to play music professionally, Zhang threw himself into restaurant work and opened the successful Pick Up Stix chain. Today, Zhang is well known for his many philanthropic endeavors, but he is most proud of creating OC Music & Dance, a nonprofit performing arts school that aims to make the arts accessible to every child.

    • 41 min
    Secrets behind a famed Chicana artist's most riveting work

    Secrets behind a famed Chicana artist's most riveting work

    Known for her bold brush strokes, unique textures and dynamic colors, Yolanda Gonzalez has become one of Los Angeles' most prestigious Chicana artists. She has traveled the world showcasing her work and believes the more you’re exposed to art, the better person you’ll become. Gonzalez opens up to host Giselle Fernandez about her family’s artistic heritage, which has carried on for five generations — starting with her great-grandfather’s pencil drawings all the way down to her niece’s paintings. Today, Gonzalez shares her artwork secrets with the LA community, teaching at the Para Los Ninos nonprofit for children and AltaMed senior centers.

    • 56 min
    Robert F. Kennedy murder witness recounts fateful night

    Robert F. Kennedy murder witness recounts fateful night

    Known for his community organizing, civil rights activist Paul Schrade successfully helped lead the anti-war movement and worked closely with the farmworkers union. He served as an aide in Sen. Robert F. Kennedy’s bid for the presidential nomination, joining Kennedy on the campaign trail and introducing him to the many workers unions on the West Coast. As one of the last living witnesses to Kennedy’s assassination in 1968, Schrade says it not only changed his life forever, but it also changed the course of American history. Now in his 90s, Schrade is still dedicated to honoring Kennedy’s legacy, securing the funding to build the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools in Koreatown, where the Ambassador Hotel once stood.

    • 22 min
    Jazz legend Arturo Sandoval on escaping Cuba to pursue his passion

    Jazz legend Arturo Sandoval on escaping Cuba to pursue his passion

    Arturo Sandoval opens up about his passion for music, escaping communist Cuba and meeting the great jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie by chance. When he first started playing the trumpet at age 10 while living in Cuba, Sandoval was told he'd never make it as a musician — yet he persevered and eventually mastered the instrument at a young age. Now a 10-time Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winner, Sandoval is expanding beyond the trumpet, playing the piano and composing his own music as well. During the pandemic, Sandoval has turned to social media in order to share his gift with the world for free.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Heather Bo ,

Great Content!

Powerful stories from a wide variety of guests. Very entertaining and inspirational!

Cwamne ,

Great show!

I really enjoyed the interview with Arturo Sandoval. So many great stories and Giselle did such a great job of conducting the interview. It's very relaxing and entertaining. I loved how Arturo told stories of his early life in Cuba. I can't wait to listen to more episodes.

stimpsonjkatz ,

Giselle is great at peeling away the wall and getting the real story!

Informative, relaxing, inspirational and easy to listen to.

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