12 episodes

Underbelly L.A. is a podcast about the parts of Los Angeles that the lights of Hollywood don’t reach. Each episode, Hadley Meares shares a new story about the city’s dark side. This is a TableCakes podcast.

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Underbelly L.A. is a podcast about the parts of Los Angeles that the lights of Hollywood don’t reach. Each episode, Hadley Meares shares a new story about the city’s dark side. This is a TableCakes podcast.

    An Interview With Hadley Meares

    An Interview With Hadley Meares

    More than the host of Underbelly L.A., Hadley Meares is a journalist, historian, explorer and occasional stand-in for Amy Poehler. As she prepares for the second season of this podcast, she sat down for an interview with Underbelly L.A. producer Drew Mackie about just how a girl from North Carolina comes to love Los Angeles in all its seamy glory.

    Go on one of Hadley’s history-focused tours of Los Angeles: https://www.airbnb.com/users/show/72966947

    Hadley’s “L.A. History 101” article for Curbed: https://la.curbed.com/2018/4/20/17016988/los-angeles-history-timeline-facts-earthquakes

    Read Hadley’s article about what it’s like to be a stand-in on Parks & Recreation: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/i-spent-4-seasons-as-amy-poehlers-stand-in

    Find out more about Underbelly L.A. on the official website: https://www.underbellyla.com

    Underbelly L.A. on Twitter: https://twitter.com/underbellylapod
    Underbelly L.A. on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/underbellyLApod
    Underbelly L.A. on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/underbellyla

    Underbelly L.A. is produced by Drew Mackie: https://twitter.com/drewgmackie
    Listen to his TableCakes podcast, Gayest Episode Ever: https://www.gayestepisodeever.com/

    The music for Underbelly L.A. was composed by Donovan Dorrance (https://www.donovandorrance.com/). The logo was designed by Sarah Wickham (http://www.saywickham.com/).

    Underbelly L.A. on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/underbelly-l-a/id1483509578
    Underbelly L.A. on Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/drew-mackie/underbelly-la
    Underbelly L.A. on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1B73o13RJdJZgZQnGHQWTr

    This is a TableCakes podcast. Learn more about TableCakes Productions here: https://tablecakes.com

    • 30 min
    Fountain of the World

    Fountain of the World

    One evening in 1958, an explosion shattered not only the quiet peace of the Christmas season but also perceptions about the World Knowledge Faith Love Fountain of the World, a clunkily named religious sect based in Southern California. It’s just one of the many cults to bloom in the area, and we’re closing out the first season of Underbelly L.A. with its strange, sad story.

    Find out more about Underbelly L.A. on the official website: https://www.underbellyla.com

    Underbelly L.A. on Twitter: https://twitter.com/underbellylapod
    Underbelly L.A. on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/underbellyLApod
    Underbelly L.A. on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/underbellyla

    This podcast was researched, written and narrated by Hadley Meares. Follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hadleymeares

    Underbelly L.A. is produced by Drew Mackie (https://twitter.com/drewgmackie) and edited by Meika Grimm (https://twitter.com/meikagrimm). The music was composed by Donovan Dorrance (https://www.donovandorrance.com/). The logo was designed by Sarah Wickham (http://www.saywickham.com/).

    Underbelly L.A. on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/underbelly-l-a/id1483509578
    Underbelly L.A. on Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/drew-mackie/underbelly-la
    Underbelly L.A. on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1B73o13RJdJZgZQnGHQWTr

    This is a TableCakes podcast. Learn more about TableCakes Productions here: https://tablecakes.com

    • 21 min
    Hobo Corner

    Hobo Corner

    During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, rootless men flooded into Los Angeles, looking for sunshine and, often, a new beginning. Many of them ended up in the downtown district known as Skid Row, and once there, they elicited both hostile and charitable reactions from better-off Angelenos. You could say the same of L.A. residents of the present day.

    Find out more about Underbelly L.A. on the official website: https://www.underbellyla.com

    Underbelly L.A. on Twitter: https://twitter.com/underbellylapod
    Underbelly L.A. on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/underbellyLApod
    Underbelly L.A. on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/underbellyla

    This podcast was researched, written and narrated by Hadley Meares. Follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hadleymeares

    Underbelly L.A. is produced by Drew Mackie (https://twitter.com/drewgmackie) and edited by Meika Grimm (https://twitter.com/meikagrimm). The music was composed by Donovan Dorrance (https://www.donovandorrance.com/). The logo was designed by Sarah Wickham (http://www.saywickham.com/).

    Underbelly L.A. on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/underbelly-l-a/id1483509578
    Underbelly L.A. on Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/drew-mackie/underbelly-la
    Underbelly L.A. on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1B73o13RJdJZgZQnGHQWTr

    This is a TableCakes podcast. Learn more about TableCakes Productions here: https://tablecakes.com

    • 22 min
    The Lipstick Murder

    The Lipstick Murder

    Jeanne French lived big and flew high, and it’s insult to injury that her grisly murder would end up overshadowing all she did with her life. In this episode, Hadley looks into circumstances around French’s 1947 murder, the “werewolf killer” panic that gripped Los Angeles around the time she died, and the possible connections the so-called Lipstick Murder could have to what is perhaps the most famous unsolved crime in the city’s history: the Black Dahlia.

    Find out more about Underbelly L.A. on the official website: https://www.underbellyla.com

    Underbelly L.A. on Twitter: https://twitter.com/underbellylapod
    Underbelly L.A. on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/underbellyLApod
    Underbelly L.A. on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/underbellyla

    This podcast was researched, written and narrated by Hadley Meares. Follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hadleymeares

    Underbelly L.A. is produced by Drew Mackie (https://twitter.com/drewgmackie) and edited by Meika Grimm (https://twitter.com/meikagrimm). The music was composed by Donovan Dorrance (https://www.donovandorrance.com/). The logo was designed by Sarah Wickham (http://www.saywickham.com/).

    Underbelly L.A. on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/underbelly-l-a/id1483509578
    Underbelly L.A. on Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/drew-mackie/underbelly-la
    Underbelly L.A. on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1B73o13RJdJZgZQnGHQWTr

    This is a TableCakes podcast. Learn more about TableCakes Productions here: https://tablecakes.com

    • 23 min
    A Stay at the Cecil

    A Stay at the Cecil

    Have you heard the one about the woman in the water tank? That’s not a setup for a joke so much as an urban legend rooted in one of the most tragic establishments in Los Angeles: the Hotel Cecil. Most famous for being the backdrop for the mysterious death of tourist Elisa Lam in 2013, the Hotel Cecil’s macabre history goes back to 1929 and, as Hadley explains it, parallels the same hard times that downtown L.A. also suffered.

    Find out more about Underbelly L.A. on the official website: https://www.underbellyla.com

    Underbelly L.A. on Twitter: https://twitter.com/underbellylapod
    Underbelly L.A. on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/underbellyLApod
    Underbelly L.A. on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/underbellyla

    This podcast was researched, written and narrated by Hadley Meares. Follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hadleymeares

    Underbelly L.A. is produced by Drew Mackie (https://twitter.com/drewgmackie) and edited by Meika Grimm (https://twitter.com/meikagrimm). The music was composed by Donovan Dorrance (https://www.donovandorrance.com/). The logo was designed by Sarah Wickham (http://www.saywickham.com/).

    Underbelly L.A. on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/underbelly-l-a/id1483509578
    Underbelly L.A. on Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/drew-mackie/underbelly-la
    Underbelly L.A. on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1B73o13RJdJZgZQnGHQWTr

    This is a TableCakes podcast. Learn more about TableCakes Productions here: https://tablecakes.com

    • 23 min
    The Murder of Dorothy Lee Gordon

    The Murder of Dorothy Lee Gordon

    One evening in 1940, nine-year-old Dorothy Lee Gordon was kidnapped as in the most insidious of ways: simply and quietly by a man whom, according to her friend, pulled up alongside them as they walked home from church and said “Get in the car, Dorothy. I’m going your way.” Weeks later, Dorothy would be found dead, and to this day, her murder has not been solved. The murder shook the predominantly black neighborhood of Central-Alameda and set a sad precedent for how L.A. media would cover subsequent investigations into missing children.

    Find out more about Underbelly L.A. on the official website: https://www.underbellyla.com

    Underbelly L.A. on Twitter: https://twitter.com/underbellylapod
    Underbelly L.A. on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/underbellyLApod
    Underbelly L.A. on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/underbellyla

    This podcast was researched, written and narrated by Hadley Meares. Follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hadleymeares

    Underbelly L.A. is produced by Drew Mackie (https://twitter.com/drewgmackie) and edited by Meika Grimm (https://twitter.com/meikagrimm). The music was composed by Donovan Dorrance (https://www.donovandorrance.com/). The logo was designed by Sarah Wickham (http://www.saywickham.com/).

    Underbelly L.A. on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/underbelly-l-a/id1483509578
    Underbelly L.A. on Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/drew-mackie/underbelly-la
    Underbelly L.A. on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1B73o13RJdJZgZQnGHQWTr

    This is a TableCakes podcast. Learn more about TableCakes Productions here: https://tablecakes.com

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

Ms-Meika ,

The perfect L.A. crime history podcast

Hadley’s meticulous research and ability to weave together such compelling stories is a joy in podcast form. Her voice sets the perfect tone for the theme of the show. A MUST LISTEN for fans of crime podcasts. The music is amazing too! <3

AimeeDelaurentiis ,

Wonderful!

I love your voice, how you research in detail and find fantastic topics. Made me fall in love with my LA more. Thank you !!!! Can’t wait for season 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,20!!!

Cpt&Wojo ,

Dark Shadows?

I listen and all I can think of is the dramatic line delivery in the original dark shadows...

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