14 episodes

Smogland Radio is a news podcast by and for LA from Los Angeles Public Press. Twice a month, we’ll have reporting that holds powerful people accountable, advice on how to thrive in Los Angeles, and in-depth stories about the issues that affect all of us. We’re hard on this city, because we want it to be better. We may be one of the smoggiest counties in the country, but we don’t have to be.

Smogland Radio Los Angeles Public Press

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    • 4.5 • 19 Ratings

Smogland Radio is a news podcast by and for LA from Los Angeles Public Press. Twice a month, we’ll have reporting that holds powerful people accountable, advice on how to thrive in Los Angeles, and in-depth stories about the issues that affect all of us. We’re hard on this city, because we want it to be better. We may be one of the smoggiest counties in the country, but we don’t have to be.

    Jamel and Daisy

    Jamel and Daisy

    Most Sunday nights, Jamel will make a nice meal for himself and Daisy, and they’ll sit down to watch the football together.
     
    Daisy is his best friend – a 14-year-old beagle.
     
    Right now, Jamel and Daisy are living in a semi-converted garage. Jamel's looking for a better and more stable place to live – but he’s been turned away from housing because he refuses to be separated from Daisy. 
     
    Over the last few months, Jamel has been keeping an audio diary for LA Public Press, to give us a sense of what day-to-day life is like for him and Daisy. Reporter Clare Wiley collaborated with Jamel to bring us this snapshot of his life with Daisy.
     
    Plus, a first preview of what we've been working on: one investigation told over four episodes. Our first mini-season, out this summer!

    • 17 min
    Sleazy Huizy, who’s a bigger sellout than you?

    Sleazy Huizy, who’s a bigger sellout than you?

    The notorious former city council member Jose Huizar has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for taking millions in bribes from developers, selling out Boyle Heights, downtown LA, and the rest of his district. We went on a field trip to the sentencing, and this week on the show — we’re taking you there. With recordings and analysis from LAPP’s own Nancy Meza, Phoenix Tso, Elizabeth Chou, Mariah Castañeda and Carla Green.
     
    Plus, an exciting update about the future of Smogland Radio.
     
    For more on everything that happened with Huizar and the corruption scandal, check out The Sellout (https://open.spotify.com/episode/00LZg3ekj35JznS2Ny7lXj?si=cbe3927de8824031), an investigative podcast that was hosted by audience director Mariah Castañeda, produced by audio director Carla Green, and featured extensive interviews with Smogland Radio’s own host and executive producer, Nancy Meza. 
     
    You can find the wild appendix that Huizar and his lawyers filed with the court, including pages of text messages from Huizar’s former aide George Esparza, here (https://ia601308.us.archive.org/3/items/jose-huizar-appendix-a-gov.uscourts.cacd.-790267.1228.19/Jose%20Huizar%20APPENDIX%20A%20gov.uscourts.cacd.790267.1228.19.pdf). Thanks to Kim Cooper and Richard Schave of Esotouric Tours, who uploaded the file.

    • 27 min
    Renter’s Hotline: Don’t underestimate seniors

    Renter’s Hotline: Don’t underestimate seniors

    This week, we’ve got the second edition of Renter’s Hotline, our tenant advice segment. This time, Dominique called in about an issue that her dad is having at his apartment building in Paramount, where the landlord keeps raising the rent on Dominique’s father and other tenants with housing vouchers. She got advice from lawyer Gina Hong and organizer Chris Estrada from the Los Angeles Center for Community Law and Action. Plus, a dispatch from team Shampoolio at a MacArthur Park mutual aid event last week.
     
    Disclaimer: Information in this episode isn’t a substitute for legal advice — please seek out a lawyer if you’re facing a legal issue. You can find some tenant legal clinics at lapublicpress.org/renters.

    • 35 min
    A little journey across Los Angeles… together.

    A little journey across Los Angeles… together.

    This week, six scenes from all over Los Angeles (okay, including one in Joshua Tree). Footage of a neighborhood council meeting, obtained through a public records request. An unusual guard animal in El Sereno. A renowned musician at the Día de los Muertos celebration on Olvera Street. Two different stargazing trips — one successful, one not so successful. And an anxious dog at a punk show. We’re REALLY going on a little journey across LA together.

    • 23 min
    Every day you’re holding your breath: A Jewish and a Palestinian organizer on the fight for Palestinians

    Every day you’re holding your breath: A Jewish and a Palestinian organizer on the fight for Palestinians

    This week, we’re spending the show with two Los Angeles-area organizers on the fight for Palestinians in the wake of Israel’s relentless bombing campaign that has now killed more than 11,000 Gazans.
    Noa Kattler-Kupetz grew up in the conservative Jewish movement in Los Angeles, but now organizes with If Not Now and is calling for a ceasefire and an end to Israel’s apartheid system.
    And Rida Hamida is a Palestinian-American Muslim organizer who has long been doing intersectional work to unite communities in the struggle for liberation. She’s the founder of an organization called Latino Muslim Unity and started a community initiative called Taco Trucks at Every Mosque.

    • 28 min
    There’s no place like home: The story of the Jasmine Avenue encampment

    There’s no place like home: The story of the Jasmine Avenue encampment

    This week, we’re spending the entire show with the residents of one encampment on the edge of Culver City. When they learned they were facing a sweep designed to displace them, the residents of the encampment decided to fight to stay there. They’d formed a community on Jasmine Avenue. And they felt safe on that block, right next to a large Catholic church and school. But then they found out who was leading the campaign to displace them.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

pheen32 ,

A Phan :)

Evocative, quirky, fun, sometimes heartbreaking podcast about the sublime and dysfunctional city of angels. Production, hosting and reporting are great. Love the focus on compassion and humanizing people who are often criminalized or ignored.

Dr. Lonzie :) ,

The People’s Podcast!

I enjoy listening to this podcast! SmogLand Radio is the People's Podcast everyone needs. There is something about being able to pause from the hustlin' and bustlin' busy work week' in LA to reflect and appreciate the "underground" perspectives of this podcast that is needed at the surface across different parts of the city. This is the People's investigative journalism! The reporting you don't see or hear anywhere else is here. This podcast reminds me that "without struggle, there is no progress"- Frederick Douglass.

Simply put, Nancy Meza provides the stories we need to remind us that we are all in this struggle called life. Meza notes from day one of this podcast, "You don't get to hate LA and all of its complexities unless you love it [...] with all the feelings that come with it of rage, love, and hope."

natural drummer ,

Love this new and fresh approach to news!

It sounds like a behind-the-scenes news program - What’s really going on and how the newsmakers try to throw the reporters off the trail of the truth. Also l loved the little clip of the room tone of LA, a single coyote howling. Gritty and Good! Original!

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