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In 1960s Los Angeles, after the catastrophic Watts riots, an outsized character emerged — one who found an unexpected way to unite people across race and class. Odds are you’ve never heard of him. From LA Times Studios, the team behind “Dirty John” and “Man in the Window,” comes “Larger Than Life,” a docu-series about Big Willie Robinson, a 6-foot-6, muscle-bound street racer who preached peace a quarter-mile at a time. Cops and criminals, movie stars and miscreants, even Crips and Bloods — out at the drag strip, Big Willie could get them all to see eye to eye, easing tensions and making L.A. a safer and more unified place. For a time, he was a celebrated figure in L.A. — but today his legend has faded. What caused him to fall into obscurity? Reported, written and hosted by Daniel Miller from the L.A. Times. Photo Illustration by Wondery.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8, 198 Ratings

In 1960s Los Angeles, after the catastrophic Watts riots, an outsized character emerged — one who found an unexpected way to unite people across race and class. Odds are you’ve never heard of him. From LA Times Studios, the team behind “Dirty John” and “Man in the Window,” comes “Larger Than Life,” a docu-series about Big Willie Robinson, a 6-foot-6, muscle-bound street racer who preached peace a quarter-mile at a time. Cops and criminals, movie stars and miscreants, even Crips and Bloods — out at the drag strip, Big Willie could get them all to see eye to eye, easing tensions and making L.A. a safer and more unified place. For a time, he was a celebrated figure in L.A. — but today his legend has faded. What caused him to fall into obscurity? Reported, written and hosted by Daniel Miller from the L.A. Times. Photo Illustration by Wondery.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
198 Ratings

198 Ratings

iluvparamount ,

Great LA History!

I appreciate the look at LA’s history from these unique angles. It is clear that Daniel Miller and The LA Times have done the leg work to bring this story to life. I was sucked in a few minutes into episode one!

JakeTr808 ,

🏁

This is awesome 🏁

Somis67 ,

Great documentary on Big Willie

I listen to the first 3 episodes back to back, I only got to meet Willie once at a street race just before he passed but had heard story’s about him and his race track since I was a kid

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