44 episodes

Lost Hills investigates the dark side of Malibu, California. Beneath a seductive facade, this city of billionaires, celebrities, and surf bums is hiding something menacing.

Season 3 takes a deep dive into the surf world to explore the legacy of Malibu’s Dark Prince: Miki Dora. A surfer known for his style, grace and aggression, he ruled Malibu from the 1950s to the 1970s. Celebrated for his rebellious spirit, he was also a conman who led the FBI on a 7-year manhunt around the world. All while he was in search of the perfect wave. To many he’s a hero, but there’s an evil undercurrent that runs through the surf world. And it all leads back to Miki Dora.

Hosted by Dana Goodyear (The New Yorker) and produced by Western Sound and Pushkin Industries. Show artwork copyright Francesca Gabbiani.

Follow us @losthillspod on Twitter and Instagram for a deeper dive into the stories.

Lost Hills: The Dark Prince Pushkin

    • True Crime
    • 4.1 • 3.2K Ratings

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Lost Hills investigates the dark side of Malibu, California. Beneath a seductive facade, this city of billionaires, celebrities, and surf bums is hiding something menacing.

Season 3 takes a deep dive into the surf world to explore the legacy of Malibu’s Dark Prince: Miki Dora. A surfer known for his style, grace and aggression, he ruled Malibu from the 1950s to the 1970s. Celebrated for his rebellious spirit, he was also a conman who led the FBI on a 7-year manhunt around the world. All while he was in search of the perfect wave. To many he’s a hero, but there’s an evil undercurrent that runs through the surf world. And it all leads back to Miki Dora.

Hosted by Dana Goodyear (The New Yorker) and produced by Western Sound and Pushkin Industries. Show artwork copyright Francesca Gabbiani.

Follow us @losthillspod on Twitter and Instagram for a deeper dive into the stories.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    1. The Legend of Miki Dora

    1. The Legend of Miki Dora

    Miki Dora, Malibu’s most celebrated surfer, was known as Da Cat. Gorgeous, graceful, and debonair, Miki was intimidating. He ruled Malibu from the 1950s to the 1970s. But then, he disappeared. Because Miki was not just a surfer. He was a con artist, who led the FBI on a 7 year hunt around the globe, while he searched for the perfect wave.
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    • 42 min
    2. Death in Mexico

    2. Death in Mexico

    The most iconic surfer in Southern California was born in… Hungary. Emigrating to Los Angeles as a baby, he was raised partly by his father, a sophisticated European wine lover and restaurateur, and partly by his mother and her new husband, a hard-charging surfer named Gard Chapin. After Gard’s rumored murder, Miki is never the same.
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    • 31 min
    3. Gidget Goes to Hollywood, Pt1

    3. Gidget Goes to Hollywood, Pt1

    In the bitchen’ summer of 1956, a 15 year-old girl named Kathy Kohner shows up in Malibu and asks the guys to teach her how to surf. They call her Gidget. Soon, her father writes a book based on her diaries. The book becomes a movie, and a TV show, and a cultural juggernaut. And Miki, one of Kathy’s new surfer pals, is furious. 
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    • 37 min
    4. Gidget Goes to Hollywood, Pt2

    4. Gidget Goes to Hollywood, Pt2

    Kathy Kohner’s family were immigrants from Eastern Europe who helped launch the Golden Age of Hollywood. Miki Dora’s family had also escaped the rise of fascism to start anew in California. Their fathers were part of the same tight-knit emigre community. But Miki decides that Kathy is an interloper. And tries to drive her out of Malibu. 
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    • 35 min
    5. Surf Nazi

    5. Surf Nazi

    Mainland surfing has been steeped in the symbols of fascism since its inception. Iron Crosses, swastikas, Nazi uniforms…in the golden era of surfing, surfers flaunt them on their boards and in the early surf movies. Miki Dora is famous for his SS leather trench coat and using a board emblazoned with a giant swastika. He polices Malibu, forces newcomers, known as kooks, off their boards and off the beach. He lets everyone know that Malibu is his territory.
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    • 35 min
    6. Fuck the World

    6. Fuck the World

    Miki puts his surfing skills to use in the Gidget movies and in every beach party movie he can get cast in. He wants to be a star, but he doesn’t want to really work. He and his girlfriend Diane Oosterveen dress up and go to Hollywood parties at night–and rob the guests. 
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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
3.2K Ratings

3.2K Ratings

Ihaveanopinion ,

So worth it!

OMG such a ride and great conclusion! We have historically been so captivated by such tormented characters. I love revisiting history and getting a clearer perspective so going forward we can steer ourselves in a better direction. Great storytelling, thank you.

billthick ,

Twenty stars

Best podcast ever

Kadence404 ,

This is not journalism, a total slog to get through

I don’t understand how you can spend so much time highlighting very serious issues with the evidence used to convict, then at the very end make a hard turn and say “it doesn’t matter, because I think he’s guilty anyway”. This went from journalism to opinion so quickly I got whiplash. No additional reflection on the evidence and where the trial went wrong or how she thinks the evidence supports her opinion, just “the evidence was probably garbage, but I think this guy is a liar”. This was exceptionally off putting. I feel bad for his daughters and the way the host talks about them at the end after they opened up to her and made themselves so vulnerable. It feels very exploitative of them and not in good taste. I will never listen to a podcast by this host again. Not only do I have a problem with her ethical choices, her pacing is terrible and she includes so much irrelevant information that makes the story drag on endlessly. There was no reason for this story to need 10 episodes. I actually found it painful to listen to at times because it got really boring. I wish I gave up and didn’t finish it, but I’m almost glad I did so I could write this review and let the host know what I think.

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