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“The Times” is a podcast from the Los Angeles Times hosted by columnist Gustavo Arellano along with reporters from our diverse newsroom. Every weekday, our podcast takes listeners beyond the headlines, with our West Coast outlook on the world. News, entertainment, the environment, immigration, polit… read more

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Standing up for Black lives at the border

January 21st, 2022

19:01

Felicia Rangel-Samponaro used to live a fairly normal life as a suburban stay-at-home mom in the border city of Brownsville, Texas. But now the half Black, half Mexican-American mom crosses the border to help Black and …

Where carne asada is a crime

January 20th, 2022

23:09

For over 140 years, street vendors hawking Mexican food have been a staple of life in Southern California. Horse-drawn tamale wagons turned into taco trucks, turned into hot dog carts, turned into pop-up tents — …and, …

An American West with no snow?

January 19th, 2022

20:42

This past December brought record-high amounts of snow to the Sierra Nevada, California’s main mountain range. The state, of course, has suffered for …

The pandemic will end. We promise.

January 18th, 2022

24:28

The COVID-19 era is rough, to say the least. But let’s put it in perspective. Every pandemic ends eventually, and this one will too.

Today, assistant editor Jessica Roy with the L.A. Times’ utility journalism team walks …

Nikole Hannah-Jones on her triumphs and trolls

January 17th, 2022

19:47

Two years ago, Nikole Hannah-Jones launched “The 1619 Project,” a collection of New York Times Magazine articles, photography and podcasts. That …

The tragedy of Latinos and COVID-19

January 14th, 2022

30:05

COVID-19 has been devastating for everyone, but in the United States, there’s one demographic hit particularly hard: Latinos. According to the …

Chuck E. Cheese forever

January 13th, 2022

17:32

How the hell does a chain based on an orphaned mouse who plays in a band survive and thrive? Very carefully. Today, we’ll talk to L.A. Times business …

Work from home, get spied on by your boss

January 12th, 2022

18:45

A Gallup poll last fall found that 45% of full-time U.S. employees were still working from home at least some of their hours. A full quarter of them …

Issa Rae, take a bow

January 11th, 2022

39:37

Issa Rae is the brilliant, hilarious mind behind the recently concluded HBO show “Insecure.” In this crossover episode with The Envelope, Rae talks about the incredible trajectory of her career, from a YouTuber turned …

Goodbye, gas stoves? The fight heats up

January 10th, 2022

18:56

To fight climate change, municipalities across the United States are banning natural gas lines from being installed in new buildings. That means no …

California crime waves, real and imaginary

January 7th, 2022

20:44

It’s been a season of crime in California. Smash-and-grab thefts, follow-home robberies, high-profile murders — national, even international news …

The rising left in South America

January 6th, 2022

23:32

Across Latin America, the political left is making a comeback not seen since the 2000s. Izquierdista presidential candidates won recent elections in …

The next pandemic is already lurking

January 5th, 2022

21:25

Hopefully the COVID-19 nightmare will soon wane, but it’s unlikely to be the last pandemic of our lifetimes. Because the virus that will cause the …

Locked in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6

January 4th, 2022

22:33

Los Angeles Times congressional correspondent Sarah D. Wire knew she was in for a historic day when she walked into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. …

What's the L.A. Times going to do in 2022?

January 3rd, 2022

21:27

Kevin Merida became the Los Angeles Times’ executive editor last summer at a tumultuous time. Newsroom morale was down, the publication had lost $50 …

Make way for women, LGBTQ and POC skateboarders

December 30th, 2021

21:24

Skateboarding is a mainstay of California street culture, from San Diego to San Francisco and beyond. It’s so popular that L.A. County filled outdoor …

How one mom learned to stop worrying and love video games

December 29th, 2021

23:42

Video games had always been a point of division between L.A. Times science reporter Deborah Netburn and her 12-year-old son. Then the pandemic hit, …

The Chinese Communist Party and me, Part 2

December 28th, 2021

29:30

This year, the Chinese Communist Party kicked off its 100th anniversary by celebrating China’s economic success and ambitions to create a new world …

The Chinese Communist Party and me, Part 1

December 27th, 2021

29:21

Two years ago, the world watched as millions of people in Hong Kong marched in the streets to call for autonomy from China. Beijing responded by passing a national security law last summer that broadly defined acts of …

QAnon disrupts the yoga and wellness worlds

December 23rd, 2021

28:36

QAnon or New Age? Increasingly, in California’s vast health, wellness and spiritual worlds, there's an intersection between the two communities so pronounced that the phenomenon has a new nickname: “Woo-Anon,” and it’s …

On track to become a doctor — or not

December 22nd, 2021

14:20

For a few days this week, we’re highlighting the work of students from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Maya Abu-Zahra started …

Hollywood, here comes Madison

December 21st, 2021

13:21

For a few days this week, we’re highlighting the work of students from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Today, Jillian …

When the labels don't feel right

December 20th, 2021

20:40

For a few days this week, we’re highlighting the work of students from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Today, Cari Spencer …

Hey, it's our holiday special

December 17th, 2021

25:09

Today we’re doing something a little different: channeling our inner holiday spirit and sharing stories from some of our awesome colleagues across …

Vicente Fernández, the King

December 16th, 2021

24:30

His nicknames: El Hijo del Pueblo — the People’s Son. El Ídolo de México — Mexico’s Idol. El Rey — the King. Or just plain Chente.

Ranchera legend …

We (kinda) gift you a box of See's Candies

December 15th, 2021

16:49

Need a quick, yummy gift for Christmas or any other occasion? For generations of Californians, the answer has been a box of See’s Candies. With stores that sport a black-and-white checkerboard design and offer a galaxy …

Hope, in a time of disasters

December 14th, 2021

20:01

2021 has been a bad year for disasters: Drought. Oil spills. Bomb cyclones. Wildfires. Delta. Omicron. Yet if you’re reading this, you’ve survived.

Our Masters of Disasters — L.A. Times reporters Ron Lin, Alex …

Next U.S. ambassador to India might be L.A.'s mayor. Huh?

December 13th, 2021

15:48

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is political royalty in the City of Angels. His father was a district attorney. Eric Garcetti won his last election …

Today, we feast!

December 10th, 2021

18:02

Hungry? The Los Angeles Times' annual list of the 101 best restaurants just dropped. Whether you live here, want to visit or are just craving inspiration for types of food to explore near your own home, the list has …

There she is, Miss Navajo Nation...

December 9th, 2021

19:00

The Miss Navajo Nation pageant has been going on almost every year since the 1950s. It’s not about swimsuits or evening gowns, though. This tradition …

The life and legacy of Jacqueline Avant

December 8th, 2021

18:11

Jacqueline Avant was a force many times over in Black Los Angeles and beyond. She was a renowned philanthropist, a political king and queen maker, a …

Now hiring! Formerly incarcerated people

December 7th, 2021

20:12

There are about 20 million people in the United States with felony records and unemployment rates among the formerly incarcerated is especially high …

Kirsten Dunst on her new movie, family and mental health

December 6th, 2021

33:54

Our sister podcast “The Envelope” — which does deep-dive interviews with movie and TV stars — just started a new season, so we’re giving you a taste.

In this episode, Kirsten Dunst shares stories about growing up in …

A Chinese tennis star disappears

December 3rd, 2021

22:15

On Nov. 2, Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai published a letter on her verified social media account that accused a former top Chinese government …

David Chang gets very honest with us

December 2nd, 2021

36:40

Today, we’ll spend the show with food personality David Chang to talk about his new Hulu series, "The Next Thing You Eat," which — full disclosure — …

College degrees for incarcerated folks

December 1st, 2021

17:14

For more than a century, California's approach to incarcerating people has gone mostly like this: Incarcerate them. But now, there’s a program …

Cycling while Latino in L.A. County is tough

November 30th, 2021

20:09

An L.A. Times investigation found that from 2017 to July of this year, 70% of bicyclists that L.A. County sheriff’s deputies pulled over were …

Lowriders. Cruising. A Southern California ritual returns

November 29th, 2021

20:47

Our guest host Faith E. Pinho, a Metro reporter at the L.A. Times, speaks with Times culture writer Daniel Hernandez about the cast of characters and …

Alison Roman on cooking and cancellation

November 23rd, 2021

30:23

Alison Roman is a chef, food writer, cookbook author and video maker whose unfussy recipes pack a punch. Those recipes, along with her fun persona, made her a bright spot for many fans especially as the pandemic began …

Sohla El-Waylly on cooking and appropriation

November 22nd, 2021

43:48

Sohla El-Waylly is famous for her cooking videos for outlets like the History Channel’s “Ancient Recipes,” Bon Appetit’s “Test Kitchen,” and so, so …

The story of L.A.’s glitzy gambling boat kingpin

November 19th, 2021

26:18

This story of Los Angeles’ 1930s era of gambling boats — and Tony Cornero, the underworld boss at the center of the action — is a portal to another version of the city, one that’s glamorous and seedy. Business reporter …

Social media's Latino misinformation problem

November 18th, 2021

23:48

Last month, former Facebook employee Frances Haugen revealed she had released thousands of documents that showed how the company knew yet did little …

Mega-drought + mega-rain = uh-oh!

November 17th, 2021

19:57

When it rains, it pours, and when it pours after a long dry spell, water can become dangerous. Fire-scarred lands see mudslides devastate homes. Parched soil can’t absorb the rain that comes. Water, water everywhere, …

In-N-Out Burger enters the COVID-19 wars

November 16th, 2021

18:54

Last month, In-N-Out Burger made national news when health officials in San Francisco shut down one of its restaurants. The company’s sin: refusing to comply with a law that requires restaurants to ask customers for …

Leyna Bloom on breaking ground as a trans woman of color

November 15th, 2021

35:46

Over the last few years, Leyna Bloom has been the first in many categories. In 2017, she became the first trans woman of color to grace the pages of …

Can the FBI spy on Muslims and not say why?

November 12th, 2021

18:13

In 2011, a group of Muslims in Orange County sued the federal government, alleging that the FBI violated the constitutional rights of Muslims by …

Why we forget U.S. violence toward Chinatowns

November 11th, 2021

17:56

This fall, a commemoration in downtown Los Angeles marked the 150th anniversary of when a mob lynched 18 Chinese men and boys — one of the biggest such killings in American history. The recent memorial comes in a year …

California's marijuana revolution at 25 years

November 10th, 2021

18:12

Marijuana use is now ubiquitous in mainstream culture — even Martha Stewart’s into CBD products thanks to her good pal Snoop Dogg. Despite this, the …

Why this USC fraternity scandal is different

November 9th, 2021

21:19

At USC, hundreds of students have been protesting university officials and so-called Greek life itself over the last month after a series of drugging …

How Filipino Americans are the Latinos of Asia

November 8th, 2021

44:59

In this crossover episode with our cousin podcast “Asian Enough,” hosts Suhauna Hussain and Johana Bhuiyan speak with sociologist Anthony Ocampo. …

Make way for women, LGBTQ and POC skateboarders

November 5th, 2021

21:02

Skateboarding is a mainstay of California street culture, from San Diego to San Francisco and beyond. It’s so popular that L.A. County filled outdoor …

What it's like for L.A.'s female firefighters

November 4th, 2021

24:07

Less than 4% of Los Angeles’ firefighters are women — a number that, despite the mayor’s goals, has inched up only slightly in recent years. Many of the female firefighters say their ranks are so small because of a …

Extreme heat, the silent killer

November 3rd, 2021

19:48

Every year, people in the American West die from scorching temperatures. Experts fear that the number of deaths is undercounted — and, that as the climate continues to heats up, the death rate is going to rise.

Mexico’s wine country gets big — maybe too big

November 2nd, 2021

19:56

The Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California is Mexico’s premier wine country, a lush valley that makes Napa seem as gorgeous as a parking lot.

But a lot of development is coming to the Valle — and many locals aren’t happy.

Just 5 countries could make or break climate change

November 1st, 2021

25:40

Over the next two weeks, leaders from nearly 200 countries are gathering in Glasglow, Scotland, for a United Nations climate summit known as COP26. They’ll tell us what we’ve heard before: that scientists have warned …

How Día de los Muertos flourished in the U.S.

October 29th, 2021

26:36

For decades, late October meant one holiday in American popular culture: Halloween. But over the past couple of decades, more and more people are …

The unsolved assassination of Alex Odeh

October 28th, 2021

31:29

On Oct. 11, 1985, Palestinian American activist Alex Odeh opened the door to the Orange County offices of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. He served as its West Coast regional director. The moment he …

Will the fatal 'Rust' shooting change Hollywood?

October 27th, 2021

18:45

Vigils from Southern California to Albuquerque were held last weekend to mark the death of Halyna Hutchins. The up-and-coming cinematographer was working on the film “Rust,” a Western that featured Alec Baldwin as an …

Stuck for days in L.A.'s biggest traffic jam

October 26th, 2021

15:50

Hundreds of thousands of sailors worldwide are stuck on cargo ships far longer than they’d intended, with few chances to contact the outside. Usually ports offer opportunities for a break, but most of these sailors …

Author Shea Serrano thinks Mexicans are perfect

October 25th, 2021

25:30

Shea Serrano is beloved in the sports, movie and music worlds for his wickedly funny essays and podcasts on everything from Selena to the Houston Texans, Jay-Z to Jason from “Friday the 13th.” And yet his journalism is …

Disabled and pregnant? Good luck finding a doctor

October 22nd, 2021

23:04

Disabled people get pregnant and give birth at the same rates as nondisabled ones. But their outcomes are often far worse — for reasons that can’t be explained by anatomical difference or medical complexity — and modern …

We know how to fix the syphilis surge. Will we do it?

October 21st, 2021

16:31

Twenty-one years ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that national adult cases of syphilis had reached their lowest levels …

Unclogging America’s biggest ports

October 20th, 2021

14:15

Nearly half of imports in the United States go through the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. They're the largest in the U.S., but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there's a humongous backlog of ships stuck at sea, …

LGBTQ+ comics on Dave Chappelle's Netflix special

October 19th, 2021

24:30

This month, comedy legend Dave Chappelle released his latest stand-up Netflix special, called "The Closer." It immediately drew criticism for jokes widely viewed as transphobic, and it has created turmoil behind the …

A matter of a piñon

October 18th, 2021

22:43

Tall, bushy, spiny and fragrant, the pinyon pine is a beloved feature of the Mountain West — and not just for its beauty. The tiny piñon nuts in the tree’s cones are so good, people in the region have eaten them every …

The story of an unsung Black Panther

October 15th, 2021

27:13

The Black Panther Party, a Black power political organization, was founded exactly 55 years ago in California’s Bay Area and grew into a nationwide …

Boardrooms so white and male? That's changing

October 14th, 2021

21:30

California requires each publicly traded company based in the Golden State to have at least one woman on its board of directors and, soon, at least …

Deep breath. Let's talk about our air

October 13th, 2021

26:24


Wildfires across the American West this summer spewed out smoke full of particulates that darkened skies, created unnaturally beautiful sunsets and …

The oil spill along California's fragile coast

October 12th, 2021

19:42

It’s been about a week since a big oil spill hit the Southern California shoreline near Orange County. Tar sullied sensitive wetlands. Birds and fish …

How a Black family regains a beach the government took away

October 11th, 2021

22:31

Nearly a century ago, government officials pushed a Black family from their beachfront property in the Southern California city of Manhattan Beach. …

On the front lines of the homicide epidemic

October 8th, 2021

20:32

Milwaukee is in the grips of the worst violence in its modern history. There were 189 killings there last year — the most ever recorded, almost twice …

How COVID-19 nurses get through the day

October 7th, 2021

12:55

Nursing is a tough job in good times, and the COVID-19 pandemic made it a lot tougher. Within a few months of the start of the pandemic, U.S. healthcare workers reported high rates of anxiety, frustration, emotional and …

California put homeless people in hotel rooms. Then what?

October 6th, 2021

26:18

To Project Roomkey’s architects, the program was a no-brainer. Thousands of hotel rooms were empty because of the COVID-19 pandemic. And there were …

The push to decriminalize jaywalking

October 5th, 2021

21:28

Rules against jaywalking are rarely enforced, but in many places, when someone does get a ticket, it's more likely than not a person of color — and …

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan on her 'Never Have I Ever' fame

October 4th, 2021

42:20

We’re doing another crossover episode with our sister show, “Asian Enough.” Today, hosts Jen Yamato and Tracy Brown are joined by Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, the breakout star of Netflix’s hit coming-of-age comedy “Never …

Texas abortion law makes this Kansas clinic busier than ever

October 1st, 2021

22:19

Trust Women Wichita is a clinic in Kansas that has long been a lightning rod in the abortion wars. Its former director, George Tiller, was assassinated in 2009 by an antiabortion extremist, and the clinic closed for …

Hollywood's crews ready to go on strike?

September 30th, 2021

21:43

Lighting, cameras, sound props, costumes, editing and so much more: About 60,000 workers with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage …

The ever-endangered, ever-reborn Jewish deli

September 29th, 2021

18:09

Bagels and lox, pastrami on rye and maybe a dollop of sour cream or applesauce on your latkes: The Jewish deli is a staple of American city life, and …

Are NFTs worth your money?

September 28th, 2021

32:03

Pudgy Penguins, Bored Apes and CryptoKitties — a Noah’s Ark of nonfungible tokens — are the latest trend for people trying to get rich and engage with art in a new way. NFTs might be a fad, but there’s a …

Min Jin Lee on casual racism and finding truth

September 27th, 2021

50:30

Today, a crossover episode with our L.A. Times cousin podcast “Asian Enough.” Hosts Tracy Brown and Jen Yamato interview novelist Min Jin Lee about leaving her legal career to write books, expressing Asian pride at a …

She was the Rosa Parks of the 1800s

September 24th, 2021

17:53

Ellen Garrison Jackson Clark was the granddaughter of a freed man who fought in the Revolutionary War. She grew up educated and refined in Concord, …

Our nation's Haitian double standard

September 23rd, 2021

27:37

Note: This episode mentions thoughts of suicide. 

Over the last month, the population of Del Rio, Texas, has jumped by half. The reason: refugees, …

Why Latinos hide their identities

September 22nd, 2021

31:43

Latinos have long hidden in plain sight in U.S. society. Some do it to lessen the racism they might face from non-Latinos. But there’s another type of whitewashing that’s even more disturbing. It’s when Latinos downplay …

Biden shut a migrant camp. Then this bigger one appeared

September 21st, 2021

19:55

Right now, migrant camps are popping up on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. They’re filled with people who escaped dire circumstances in their home countries and seek a chance at officially living in the United …

Abortion rights spread in Latin America

September 20th, 2021

16:50

This month, Mexico’s Supreme Court decriminalized abortion in the country. Argentina legalized abortion last December, becoming one of just three …

What California lost in the war on terror

September 17th, 2021

19:48

No state has lost as much as California in the war on terror after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks; 776 men and women who called the Golden State home …

Let's settle the "Latinx" debate once and for all

September 16th, 2021

24:44

We're delving into the term “Latinx.” Whom does it refer to? Who uses it? And why do people on both the left and the right, Latino and not, get so worked up about it?

Fidel Martinez, who writes the Latinx Files …

California recall election winners and losers

September 15th, 2021

20:19

The polls have closed, and even though the votes are still being counted, but the California gubernatorial recall election results seem decisive: …

How to keep the lights on as the climate changes

September 14th, 2021

20:08

Over the past couple of years, a slew of weather disasters afflicting the United States have shown how fragile our energy system truly is, from …

The NFL's goal-line stand against COVID-19

September 13th, 2021

20:20

Packed stadiums. Hard-fought games. Boisterous, mostly maskless fans. The National Football League kicked off its season this past weekend almost as if the coronavirus had never existed. But it didn’t get to this point …

What 9/11 has done to American Muslims

September 10th, 2021

23:25

Twenty years ago, the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and on United Airlines Flight 93 killed nearly 3,000 people. …

Rep. Adam Schiff on 9/11, 1/6 and what's next

September 9th, 2021

19:20

U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, chair of the powerful House Intelligence Committee, became a household name as lead impeachment manager against former …

Why Gavin Newsom faces a recall election

September 8th, 2021

21:59

In 2018, Gavin Newsom was elected California’s governor with nearly 62 percent of the vote. It was the largest margin of victory in a California gubernatorial election in nearly 70 years and cemented Newsom’s reputation …

What Larry Elder stands for

September 7th, 2021

19:48

California’s Democratic governor, Gavin Newsom, faces a once-unthinkable scenario: a recall. Election day is Sept. 14, just a week away. If he loses, …

Lucy Liu talks fame, art and standing up for herself

September 6th, 2021

43:58

Growing up in Queens, N.Y., Lucy Liu felt like she was from another planet — until she found the arts. But when the fiercely independent daughter of …

Losing Rosario

September 3rd, 2021

23:08

The U.S. has seen a historic number of illegal border crossings this summer — a 21-year high, according to federal figures. Why is this happening? One reason: Thousands of migrants are waiting in northern Mexico — some …

How Native Americans became a vaccine success story

September 2nd, 2021

23:31

Fewer ethnic groups in the U.S. have been harder hit by COVID-19 than Native Americans. It’s killed them at more than twice the rate of whites. The pandemic has exacerbated longstanding health inequities, and a …

Another Colombia is possible — they hope

September 1st, 2021

18:03

The pandemic has devastated national economies and the futures of young people. Few countries have been hurt more than Colombia. Since April, …

The rise and fall of Korean dry cleaners

August 31st, 2021

22:06

If you’ve worked from home during the pandemic, you probably haven’t used your local dry cleaner as much. Maybe you noticed a little bit more savings …

Tequila? Tequila!

August 30th, 2021

35:07

Tequila is the national drink of Mexico, wrapped up in the country’s mythology via film, song and art. But makers have long relied on American …

Punk, arson and the public library

August 27th, 2021

24:09

Welcome, new listeners! Here's one of our favorite episodes from earlier this year, with a brand-new segment at the end. 

It's been quite the year for the Los Angeles Public Library — and the COVID-19 pandemic is only …

The Taliban beat me up, then let me go

August 26th, 2021

18:04

The last time we talked to L.A. Times photographer and foreign correspondent Marcus Yam, he and L.A. Times Middle East bureau chief Nabih Bulos had …

Mj Rodriguez brings the joy

August 25th, 2021

29:12

Mj Rodriguez has busted through a tough barrier as the first transgender performer nominated for an Emmy in a lead acting category. Now that she’s …

A sea change in baseball?

August 24th, 2021

18:54

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer hasn't played a Major League Baseball game since late June, when a woman received a temporary restraining order against him after alleging that consensual sexual encounters …

California's gun-control wars sway the U.S.

August 23rd, 2021

25:24

Today we talk about California’s huge role in influencing gun control laws in the U.S. and about the backlashes. We discuss the state’s historic 1989 …

What's up with L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva?

August 20th, 2021

18:30

Democrats and progressives helped Alex Villanueva rise to power back in 2018, excited about his left-leaning campaign promises. But that support did not last long. The sheriff has been criticized over his response to …

The fire of the decade — every year

August 19th, 2021

21:57

The Dixie fire is now the largest single wildfire in California history. At more than 600,000 acres, it’s been burning in Northern California for over a month and has destroyed more than 500 homes in areas that never …

Hannah Waddingham talks 'Ted Lasso' and 'shame, shame'

August 18th, 2021

24:46

Today, we continue our collaboration with our sister podcast “The Envelope” and its host Yvonne Villarreal. In this episode, she talks with Hannah …

Back to school in the COVID-19 Delta era

August 17th, 2021

19:30

Today we talk to L.A. Times education and science reporters about the full reopening of schools, which will affect millions of families in California …

Promise, peril in push for electric cars

August 16th, 2021

19:18

President Biden wants 40 percent of new cars to be electric by 2030. As automakers race to meet demand, they're setting off a mining rush worldwide from rare earth and critical metals. Cobalt, lithium, manganese and …

A Black police officer opens up

August 13th, 2021

16:34

Black police officers are facing new challenges in the current atmosphere around policing, especially in the wake of George Floyd’s murder and the …

Get out of here with that corn

August 12th, 2021

18:02

Corn is a part of modern life in all sorts of ways: It fattens up livestock and gets turned into biofuels. We eat it on the cob, as grits, polenta …

Emmys favorites, underdogs and 'Below Deck'

August 11th, 2021

21:34

In this collaboration with our sister podcast “The Envelope,” we talk all things Emmys, which are coming up Sept. 19. Who are the favorites? The …

Trying to smash sexism in the video game world

August 10th, 2021

21:02

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing sounds like a bureaucratic borefest, but it’s actually pretty important. It files lawsuits against companies and landlords accused of discrimination.

Now it’s …

What does it take for a doctor to lose their license?

August 9th, 2021

16:39

The Medical Board of California was established to protect patients by licensing doctors and investigating complaints when things go wrong.

But even when it accuses a doctor of causing patients to lose limbs, become …

The Beirut explosion, one year later

August 6th, 2021

25:26

When a warehouse filled with ammonium nitrate and fireworks exploded at the Port of Beirut on Aug. 4, 2020, it pushed out a fireball into the air, …

The mystery of the disappearing whales

August 5th, 2021

14:40

Graceful, playful and tough, the gray whale is a beloved icon of the Pacific coast. The whales’ annual migration from the waters off Alaska to Baja …

The lawyer, the Housewife and the missing millions

August 4th, 2021

21:53

He was a legendary lawyer. She’s a Real Housewife. Together, Tom and Erika Girardi made a striking couple. He funded their lavish lifestyle with …

A big swing to support young Black golfers

August 3rd, 2021

21:37

It takes skills to get a tiny golf ball into a faraway hole. It also takes money, connections, power, time and privilege — things historically denied …

To COVID shame or not to COVID shame?

August 2nd, 2021

24:40

Thanks to the Delta variant, the coronavirus is stronger than ever. Medical and government officials blame the rise largely on one group: the unvaccinated. So a debate that has persisted for months is now raging hotter: …

Drought wants your carne asada and iPhone

July 30th, 2021

29:31

We conclude Drought Week with a panel of L.A. Times foreign correspondents who are reporting on droughts in their areas of coverage.

In Mexico, a drought in the northern state of Sonora imperils the cattle industry. In …

Our biggest reservoir will save us! Wait, no

July 29th, 2021

26:43

In Episode 4 of Drought Week, we focus on Lake Mead, created by the Hoover Dam and fed by the Colorado River. It’s the nation’s biggest reservoir, …

Drought threatens iconic plants. Lawns, watch out

July 28th, 2021

32:17

In Episode 3 of Drought Week, we take a journey through the American Southwest to Las Vegas, down to Arizona’s Sonoran Desert and through …

A drying lake in Oregon attracts the far right

July 27th, 2021

25:06

Today, in Episode 2 of our Drought Week series, we go to Upper Klamath Lake in southern Oregon. As water shortages become a permanent part of life in the American West, battles are brewing everywhere for what little …

Our Masters of Disasters break down the fierce drought

July 26th, 2021

28:40

Today we launch Drought Week, a five-part series looking at how water shortages across the West are profoundly changing life. We’ll swoop around, from Oregon to the Sonoran Desert, from cities to national parks, from …

The Battle of 187's ripple effects

July 23rd, 2021

15:29

Because of California Proposition 187, conservatives turned into liberals, apathetic people got motivated and Latinos in the state truly found their …

Hey, Pete Wilson decided to talk to us

July 22nd, 2021

55:52

When we originally recorded "This Is California: The Battle of 187," we tried and tried to get an interview with former California Gov. Pete Wilson. He’s the man most responsible for making Proposition 187 a success. …

The Battle of 187 ends — and the war begins

July 21st, 2021

23:14

California's Proposition 187 won alongside Gov. Pete Wilson in the 1994 election. But the victories proved to be a double-edged sword. Wilson, who had aspirations to run for higher office, never won another election. …

The Latino revolt against California's Prop. 187

July 20th, 2021

26:49

We hear from the Latinos who were about to lose the battle over Proposition 187 — but ended up winning California.

This is Part Two of our rerun of the L.A. Times-Futuro Studios 2019 podcast series "This is California: …

Introducing 'Battle of 187' week!

July 19th, 2021

23:24

This week, we’re re-airing "This is California: The Battle of 187," a four-part podcast the L.A. Times did back in 2019 in collaboration with Futuro …

El Salvador wants to be a bitcoin paradise

July 16th, 2021

17:27

This year, El Salvador President Nayib Bukele made his country the first in the world to embrace bitcoin as legal tender. That means that come September, Salvadorans will be able to pay bills and taxes in bitcoin and …

Eugenics in our own backyard

July 15th, 2021

21:11

For a century, California sterilized women in its prisons and hospitals, often without their consent. Government officials did it in the name of eugenics — of trying to curtail the number of working-class people and …

Illegal marijuana floods California's deserts

July 14th, 2021

21:42

Shootouts. Armed guards. Stolen water. Killings. It’s not the dramatic climax of a Wild West movie. It’s what’s happening in California’s southern …

QAnon disrupts the yoga and wellness worlds

July 13th, 2021

28:39

QAnon or New Age? Increasingly, in California’s vast health, wellness and spiritual worlds, there's an intersection between the two communities so pronounced that the phenomenon has a new nickname: “Woo-Anon,” and it’s …

Daniel Ortega's Nicaragua revolutions

July 12th, 2021

21:53

For over 40 years, Daniel Ortega has loomed over Nicaragua like few others. He was part of the Sandinista rebel forces that in 1979 overthrew the …

Danny Trejo on his life and times

July 9th, 2021

18:35

Danny Trejo has lived a life worthy of a book. Addict. Prisoner. Actor. Owner of a donut and taco shop. And, now, author of a memoir. "Trejo: My Life …

The end of a small town's prison economy

July 8th, 2021

19:40

Landing a job at one of the prisons in the northeastern California town of Susanville has been a sure way to get a middle-class life for decades. …

Bill Cosby, sex-assault survivors and justice

July 7th, 2021

26:27

Conviction overturned. Those words cut through social media last week after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court freed Bill Cosby from prison. He was there …

Sen. Alex Padilla on how California can help the U.S.

July 6th, 2021

22:24

California's junior U.S. senator, Alex Padilla, is used to making history. The son of Mexican immigrants was the youngest-ever president of the Los Angeles City Council, at age 26. He became California’s first Latino …

Kate Winslet on 'Mare of Easttown,' 'Avatar 2' and Wawa

July 5th, 2021

23:11

Behold, a special episode of The Times. It’s a crossover edition with our podcast colleagues at The Envelope. We’ll hear the conversation that Yvonne …

The Chinese Communist Party and me, Part 2

July 2nd, 2021

30:10

On July 1, the Chinese Communist Party kicked off its 100th anniversary by celebrating China’s economic success and ambitions to create a new world …

The Chinese Communist Party and me, Part 1

July 1st, 2021

29:46

Two years ago, the world watched as millions of people in Hong Kong marched in the streets to call for autonomy from China. Beijing responded by passing a national security law last summer that broadly defined acts of …

A ride-along with the Afghan Air Force

June 30th, 2021

19:24

Today, we examine the Afghan Air Force — its history, its success, its tenuous future. We talk with two of my L.A. Times colleagues who went on a …

Recall, George Gascón, and the troubles of progressive D.A.s

June 29th, 2021

23:01

Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. George Gascón has a policing pedigree like few others. Army veteran. Patrol officer in Los Angeles. Police chief in …

Kink at Pride is a mainstay — but for how long?

June 28th, 2021

18:53

People expressing their sexuality in public by dressing up in kink fashions — leather, rubber, furry, dom and a whole other universe of expressions — …

U.S.-Canada border closure over COVID-19 leaves town stuck

June 25th, 2021

21:55

Point Roberts, Wash., long prospered as an appendage of Canada. Its economy thrived on sales of gasoline, groceries and alcohol at prices considered …

Katie Hill takes revenge porn fight to Congress

June 24th, 2021

13:56

In 2018, Katie Hill made national news when she beat an incumbent to win the 25th congressional district in Southern California. She was part of a wave of progressive, women Democrats who promised to take on …

The ways to heal from COVID-19 PTSD

June 23rd, 2021

22:35

Despite mass vaccinations and lower rates of infections in the U.S., the post-COVID-19 recovery is far from over. This includes Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, to new or continuing symptoms with little to no relief …

Car chases are deadly. We love them anyway

June 22nd, 2021

22:48

Whether by horse, on foot, or in a car, Americans have loved watching lawmen chase bad guys for ages, going all the way back to colonial times. In …

Will COVID-19 stop the Tokyo Olympics again?

June 21st, 2021

22:35

Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic postponed the Tokyo 2020 Olympics for a year, a debate has been raging in Japan and beyond over whether the …

The fight for a beach once owned by a Black family

June 18th, 2021

24:09

Nearly a century ago, government officials pushed a Black family from their beachfront property in the Southern California city of Manhattan Beach. …

The history behind Kamala Harris, 'Do not come' and Guatemala

June 17th, 2021

19:55

Last week, Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to Central America and Mexico as part of the Biden administration’s strategy to address this country’s immigration issues. Supporters expected a kinder approach than that …

Why Hollywood's Latino representation problem persists

June 16th, 2021

24:37

The greaser. The hot tamale. The gangster. The maid. The narco. These and other stereotypes are how Hollywood has traditionally portrayed Latinos for …

Our Masters of Disasters on earthquake everything

June 15th, 2021

28:08

Scientists have determined a mega-earthquake happens every 100 years on average in California. The last time a Big One — like a magnitude 7.8 quake, like the stuff of nightmares — the last time one of those hit Southern …

Netanyahu is out as Israel's prime minister. What's next?

June 14th, 2021

19:58

On Sunday, Benjamin Netanyahu lost the prime minister's post after opponents in the Knesset, Israel's parliament, approved a coalition government led, for now, by his one-time protege, Naftali Bennett. Netanyahu will …

The fight to change COVID-19 vaccine-hesitant hearts and minds

June 11th, 2021

29:07

California has one of the lowest transmission rates in the country. More than 70% of adults have rolled up their sleeves for at least one dose of a …

Next U.S. ambassador to India might be L.A.'s mayor ... Huh?

June 10th, 2021

19:10

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is political royalty in the City of Angels. His father was a former district attorney. The mayor won his last …

A Black LGBTQ publishing and political pioneer speaks

June 9th, 2021

24:45

When it comes to serving California's Black, LGBTQ (and Black LGBTQ) communities, Charles Stewart's resume is impeccable. The native of South L.A. …

How the Los Angeles Public Library made libraries cool

June 8th, 2021

19:10

It's been quite the year for the Los Angeles Public Library — and the COVID-19 pandemic is only part of the story. Inauguration Day saw a reading by Amanda Gorman, who got her start with poetry readings via the L.A. …

California's unsinkable Katie Porter

June 7th, 2021

23:52

California Rep. Katie Porter (D -Irvine) has been a political rock star ever since the progressive won the 45th Congressional District seat in South …

Phone trees, Laotian immigrants and COVID-19

June 4th, 2021

22:01

The Laotian community in California is not large enough to support newspapers or television news programs in Lao, leaving monolingual immigrants …

A revolt in Northern California with national influence

June 3rd, 2021

20:50

On January 5, 2021, one day before the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters, there was another breach of a government building …

Naomi Osaka drops out of French Open, stands up for mental health

June 2nd, 2021

16:28

At just 23 years old, Naomi Osaka is already one of the best tennis players in the world. She was scheduled to play the French Open this month, which …

Las Vegas doubles down on reopening at full capacity

June 1st, 2021

19:22

In 2019, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority estimated it hosted nearly 43 million tourists. Officials were expecting a record year for …

Sandra Oh on being 'Asian enough'

May 31st, 2021

32:00

On today's episode, we turn the mic over to the hosts of our Asian Enough podcast, L.A. Times entertainment reporters Jen Yamato and Tracy Brown. They share excerpts from a recent episode featuring actor Sandra Oh, in …

Lowriders. Cruising. A Southern California ritual returns

May 28th, 2021

21:02

Our guest host Faith E. Pinho, a Metro reporter at the L.A. Times, speaks with Times culture writer Daniel Hernandez about the cast of characters and …

The fight to preserve Japanese-American concentration camps

May 27th, 2021

28:00

They stand across the West in ruins, ghostly apparitions of one of the darkest moments in American history. Concentration camps, 10 in total, built during World War II to incarcerate 120,000 Japanese Americans for the …

Why Fernandomania still matters

May 26th, 2021

20:25

In 1981, Los Angeles Dodgers rookie pitcher Fernando Valenzuela uncorked a full-fledged revolution. Baseball, Los Angeles, Latinos, sports — none …

How to honor George Floyd on the one-year anniversary of his murder

May 25th, 2021

20:51

Today, on the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, we talk to three people who participated in last year’s actions. Joseph Williams is an organizer with Black Lives Matter Los Angeles. Brianna Noble is the …

Israeli-Palestinian conflict hits California's ethnic studies curriculum

May 24th, 2021

23:33

As the Israeli-Palestinian conflict keeps a cease-fire, its proxy wars continue to rage worldwide. One of the latest battlefronts has been in California classrooms. This past March, the California Department of …

Meet the Germhunters

May 21st, 2021

22:25

Peter Daszak is president of the EcoHealth Alliance, where he leads a team of researchers working to identify emerging diseases around the world, the so-called zoonotic viruses that leap from animals to humans. This …

LAPD's crowd-control tactics under increasing controversy

May 20th, 2021

23:11

This last year, we've seen multiple rallies in Los Angeles — organized by Black Lives Matter, against the clearing of a homeless encampment in Echo …

COVID-19 cautionary tales from India and Brazil

May 19th, 2021

26:11

Together, Brazil and India now have half the COVID-19 cases in the world. We speak to L.A. Times foreign correspondents David Pierson and Kate Linthicum about what the plight of these global powerhouses suggests about …

Who really created Flamin’ Hot Cheetos?

May 18th, 2021

23:31

A junk snack may not seem like a big deal, especially in this current world. But the story of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos — a gnarled, messy, crunchy, bright-red corn puff that debuted in the early 1990s — and its creation has …

Killings of transgender people in U.S. on track to top last year's record

May 17th, 2021

20:48

Just five months into the year, the U.S. is on track to break a troubling record. Last year, 44 transgender people were killed in the U.S. and its territories. So far this year, the count is close to two dozen, …

Baseball, the Iranian hostage crisis and Barry Rosen

May 14th, 2021

17:43

Four decades ago, Barry Rosen was one of 52 Americans held hostage for 444 brutal days in Iran. After their release in 1981, Rosen and the other …

Meet our Masters of Disasters

May 13th, 2021

25:13

The California dream comes with more than its fair share of disasters — earthquakes, wildfires, fire tornadoes, eroding coasts, and so much more. The L.A. Times has a disasters unit to cover them, and our reporters are …

A look at El Salvador's meme-loving, press-hating autocratic president Nayib Bukele

May 12th, 2021

25:44

A populist becomes his country’s president with a historic win. He’s a brash outsider, a relative newcomer, and he promises to drain the swamp. No …

What California's high school athletes can teach us about coping with COVID-19

May 11th, 2021

25:26

California's high-school athletes were bona fide ballers during the pandemic. They trained alone or over Zoom during lockdowns and are now facing off …

The origins of California's recall fever

May 10th, 2021

22:46

Over the next couple of months, media from across the world will descend on California to cover the possible recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom. There have …

How one mom learned to stop worrying and love video games during the pandemic

May 7th, 2021

24:00

Video games have always been a point of division between L.A. Times science reporter Deborah Netburn and her 12-year-old son. Then the pandemic hit, …

One final reckoning for the Golden Globes

May 6th, 2021

26:24

Stacy Perman and Josh Rottenberg cover the film industry for the L.A. Times. In February, just a week before the annual Golden Globes ceremony, they …

The forgotten, radical roots of Cinco de Mayo

May 5th, 2021

21:44

Few take Cinco de Mayo seriously. For many of us, today is about restaurant specials on nachos and margaritas. Too many white people wearing sombreros and fake mustaches. But for Axios reporter Russell Contreras, May 5 …

The Uyghur genocide hits California

May 4th, 2021

24:49

California businesses are starting to reopen, and for Bughra Arkin, owner of Dolan Uyghur Restaurant in Alhambra, keeping his restaurant open is also …

Federal judge to Los Angeles: House your homeless, or else

May 3rd, 2021

28:19

Among everything that COVID-19 made worse, there is nothing more dire — or more visible — than its impact on homelessness. Over 66,000 people in Los Angeles County are homeless. It’s an issue that has bedeviled L.A., …

Introducing The Times: A daily news podcast from the Los Angeles Times

April 16th, 2021

1:20

Hosted by Gustavo Arellano, “The Times: Daily news from the L.A. Times” will bring you the world through the eyes of the West Coast. Expect award-winning reporting, hard-hitting investigations and random randomness from …

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