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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 Monday, Wednesday and Friday, our podcast brings listeners the most essential stories from the L.A. Times. We've got the West Coast angle on the most interes… read more

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February 22nd, 2024


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How trans surfers find community

April 28th, 2023


Trans surfers are beginning to find community among themselves in a sport that too often isolates and even shuns them. 

Today, we hang out with some …

Masters of Disasters origin stories!

April 26th, 2023


In a live taping, three of our Masters of Disasters talk about how they got into covering catastrophes, why they continue to do it — and how they try …

Can anything stop distracted driving?

April 24th, 2023


After a decades-long decline in automobile fatalities, numbers began to go up with the dawn of smart phones. Laws banning use of cellphones while driving haven’t stopped the rise — and the dawn of smart cars seems to be …

The music genre Korean elders 'trot' to

April 21st, 2023


“Trot” is a Korean music genre that has been around for decades. But in recent years, it has exploded in popularity in Southern California. The …

Is Biden too old to run again?

April 19th, 2023


When Joe Biden won in 2020, he became the oldest president in U.S. history. If he runs again in 2024 and wins, he’ll beat own record. Is that a …

Can Dr. Simi cure the Mexican healthcare system?

April 17th, 2023


Farmacias Similares is the largest privately owned chain of pharmacies in Mexico, and has a cute mascot — Dr. Simi — who is beloved across the …

Introducing 'Foretold'

April 14th, 2023


"Foretold" is the newest podcast from the L.A. Times, and we're sharing the first episode with you here today. 

In the fall of 2019, reporter Faith E. …

An FBI investigation into college basketball gone wrong

April 12th, 2023


An FBI investigation tried to expose malfeasance in the world of NCAA men’s basketball. Instead, the mirror was turned on the agency itself when one of the lead agents abused his position.

Today, you’ll hear the story of …

Who suffers if the U.S. bans TikTok

April 10th, 2023


Democrat and Republican lawmakers are pushing for a U.S. ban on TikTok, arguing the Chinese-owned social media app is a national security risk. But many of its users argue that will severely harm their businesses.

Today, …

The mainstreaming of curanderos

April 7th, 2023


For centuries, communities across Latin America have relied on curanderos — healers who rely on indigenous tradition — for their physical and mental health. Will mainstream American health ever embrace it?

Today, we …

Are Biden and Trump border buddies?

April 5th, 2023


During the 2020 presidential campaign, Joe Biden decried U.S. border policies enacted by the Trump administration as racist. But Biden has not only …

So Donald Trump got indicted...

April 3rd, 2023


The indictment of former president Donald Trump has provoked praise and criticism alike. So what’s next? We talk to two of our political wizards to …

Can music make people care about climate change?

March 31st, 2023


Lucy Jones, California’s beloved earthquake expert, sits down with environment reporter Rosanna Xia to discuss her new project: using music to inspire people to take action against climate change. Listen to hear Lucy go …

The RV homeless encampments of L.A.

March 29th, 2023


Over the last couple of years, RVs in Los Angeles turned from a vehicle for camping to shelter for people who are unhoused. That’s led to multiple …

How college gymnasts can finally cash in

March 27th, 2023


For over 100 years, college athletes couldn’t make money competing in their sports. A new NCAA rule around name, image and likeness, or NIL, has …

A surrender hotline for Russian soldiers

March 24th, 2023


Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, Ukrainian military officials have set up a hotline for Russian soldiers to call in and surrender. Is it …

The flooding in Pajaro, Calif. — and how it all could have been avoided

March 22nd, 2023


This year’s historic storms have hit communities of color like Pajaro, Calif., especially hard. It’s a recurring problem that could’ve been avoided …

A murder mystery, a cover up, and femicide in Mexico

March 20th, 2023


Ariadna López was found murdered on the side of a road in Mexico, one of thousands of women murdered every year in the country. But her death outraged the country like never before.

Today, the problem of femicide in …

Silicon Valley Bank's collapse may affect your interest rate

March 17th, 2023


When inflation is high, the Federal Reserve has historically raised interest rates. But the recent failures of banks like Silicon Valley Bank have sparked worries about the stability of our banking system. Now the feds …

The judge who likes to overturn gun laws

March 15th, 2023


U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez is known for overturning gun bans. Derided and hailed in equal measures, he’s now presiding over a case with …

Michelle Yeoh can finally be herself: ‘Thank you for seeing me’

March 13th, 2023


Academy Award winner Michelle Yeoh has been a worldwide movie star for decades, known for action-packed roles in films such as “Supercop” and …

Our Masters of Disasters take on toxic spills

March 10th, 2023


The recent release of toxic chemicals in East Palestine, Ohio, after a train derailment was a reminder of how devastating such environmental events are for poor communities. Can we prevent the next one?

Today, our …

California's ballot-box fast-food fight

March 8th, 2023


Last year, the California State Legislature approved a bill that aimed to improve wages and conditions for fast-food workers, but the fast-food …

Academy Nominees aren't Box Office Hits. Do Oscars Still Matter?

March 6th, 2023


The Oscars ceremony is a night to celebrate the best the industry has to offer — but the nominated films are rarely box office hits, and viewership of the awards broadcast has declined. Will we see a rebound?

Today, we …

The California Dream in Nevada

March 3rd, 2023


Californians have long moved to Nevada in search of new business and personal opportunities. But a massive business park near Reno is drawing in businesses like never before. Some long-timers aren’t happy.

Today, we …

Legal weed, massive worker exploitation

March 1st, 2023


When California voters legalized cannabis, growers vowed a break from decades of worker exploitation in the state’s agricultural industry. A Times …

A new age for mental health in workplaces?

February 27th, 2023


Faced with high levels of worker stress, anxiety and burnout as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies pledged that employee mental health …

America’s first Black prima ballerina: Bernice Harrison

February 24th, 2023


When you think of Black ballerinas, names like Misty Copeland or Janet Collins may come to mind. But did you know that a classical ballet dancer from …

The war against Drag Queen Story Hour

February 22nd, 2023


Drag performers are more visible than ever after decades in the underground, but will recent protests, threats of violence, and restrictive laws set …

One year into the Russia-Ukraine war

February 20th, 2023


The first anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is this month. L.A. Times global affairs correspondent Laura King has visited Ukraine at four key moments since the war started: Russia’s spring invasion, Ukraine’s …

Dianne Feinstein calls it a career

February 17th, 2023


California U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced this week she will not run for reelection next year, ending a legendary career that saw her go from …

Why hotel rooms for L.A.'s homeless sit empty

February 15th, 2023


The historic Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles reopened in 2021 with a commitment to make it easy for low-income and unhoused people to occupy its rooms. So why have so few people taken advantage of this offer?

Today, …

Turkey's earthquake, California's "Big One"

February 13th, 2023


An earthquake as devastating as the one that hit Turkey and Syria this month has been forecast to hit Southern California for decades. What can residents and governments do to prepare?.

Today, our Masters of Disasters …

Colorado River in Crisis, Pt. 6: The End

February 10th, 2023


The Colorado River is supposed to end at the Gulf of California, but hasn’t done so for decades. A joint effort between the United States and Mexico …

Do social-media child stars "work"?

February 8th, 2023


Teenager Piper Rockelle and her friends created a multimillion-dollar YouTube empire. A lawsuit threatens it, and brings up questions about whether …

A Super Bowl with two Black quarterbacks

February 6th, 2023


For decades, NFL teams actively discouraged Black players from playing quarterback, the sport’s marquee position.

Today, we go through this shameful …

Colorado River in Crisis, Pt. 5: The Valley

February 3rd, 2023


California’s Imperial Valley has some of the lowest rainfall in the state, yet uses the largest allotment of Colorado River water. Why is such an …

What it means to be a Black cowboy

February 1st, 2023


Black people have been part of the American West for centuries. But mainstream cowboy culture long downplayed their contributions, even as they exist …

What’s up with eggs?

January 30th, 2023


All across California, people are asking the same question: Why are eggs so expensive?

Californians walk into grocery stores only to find them sold …

Colorado River in Crisis, Pt. 4: The Tribe

January 27th, 2023


For over a century, Native American tribes along the Colorado River have seen other entities take water that had nourished them since time …

3 men of color, 3 LAPD encounters. 3 deaths

January 25th, 2023


In a span of 25 hours, three men of color died after encounters with Los Angeles police officers. Could a change in tactics long asked for by …

A massacre in Monterey Park

January 23rd, 2023


A gunman shot and killed 10 people just after a Lunar New Year celebration in Monterey Park, California. This attack, one of California's worst mass shootings in recent memory, is sparking concerns about public safety …

Colorado River in Crisis, Pt. 3: The Dam

January 20th, 2023


The main way the American West harvests the Colorado River for its water use is by dams that create reservoirs, which are quickly drying up because …

How the California GOP lost its national sway

January 18th, 2023


For decades, Republicans across the country looked to California for conservative stars and ideas even as the GOP lost its way in the state. Not anymore.

Today, we talk about how how Kevin McCarthy’s tortuous path to …

Dance raves in, dissent out as Saudi Arabia's crown prince dictates new social order

January 16th, 2023


Something unexpected is going on in traditionally conservative Saudi Arabia.

Over the last few years, the kingdom has been announcing a loosening of social restrictions at a surprising rate. Movie theaters are reopening, …

Colorado River in Crisis, Pt. 2: The Source

January 13th, 2023


The Colorado River begins in the Rocky Mountain snowpack, which provides the water that starts off the river on its epic journey. But as the American …

California's stormy weather, explained

January 11th, 2023


This month’s record-setting rain and snow across California also comes with terms many of us know but can’t explain. Today, we do that with our …

Can the Golden Globes come back?

January 9th, 2023


The Golden Globes is going to air this week on NBC after a year-long hiatus in the wake of a scandal over its parent company, the Hollywood Foreign …

Colorado River in Crisis, Pt. 1: A Dying River

January 6th, 2023


The Colorado River is the water lifeline for tens of millions of people across the American Southwest, which couldn’t have developed the way it is …

California's fight with affirmative action

January 4th, 2023


The Supreme Court appears ready to abolish affirmative action later this year. The case seeking to declare it unconstitutional has schools that …

What losing Nancy Pelosi as a leader means for Dems

January 2nd, 2023


A new Republican-led House of Representatives convenes tomorrow, and after decades as a Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi is stepping away from the helm. Undoubtedly, her strength was in unifying her caucus — something …

2022 in culture: Bad Bunny, the Slap and more

December 30th, 2022


This year, Beyonce blessed fans with her album, “Renaissance,” the Daniels — Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert — released the surreal trip of a movie “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” and Bad Bunny released banger …

The best and worst in 2022 politics

December 28th, 2022


Ukraine, abortion, midterms, racist tape leaks — 2022 was a lot, politically. We gather our newsroom experts to break down the year. Read the full …

The good and bad of natural disasters in 2022

December 26th, 2022


This year, we saw a pandemic that just won’t quit, a face-melting heatwave and an underwater volcano eruption that wreaked all kinds of havoc. 2022 …

Dr. Fauci's tips for the tripledemic

December 23rd, 2022


Dr. Anthony Fauci is one of the most prominent public health officials in history due to his work during the HIV/AIDS crisis and the ongoing COVID-19 …

The crypto crash was inescapable

December 21st, 2022


Cryptocurrency started the year strong. But as 2022 ends, what was supposed to be a revolutionary way to buy, save and invest has collapsed. The …

Housing the unhoused, voucher edition

December 19th, 2022


During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Biden administration authorized over a billion dollars in housing vouchers to help people stay off the streets. The …

A culture war over electric cars?

December 16th, 2022


The Biden administration is pushing electric vehicles as the future. So are major auto makers. But how will that play out in red states? We travel to …

Will Swifties take down Ticketmaster?

December 14th, 2022


After Ticketmaster botched sales for Taylor Swift’s upcoming concert tour, her die-hard fans, known as Swifties, did more than just whine on social …

The nightmare that is identity theft

December 12th, 2022


Jessica Roy was hanging with friends at a piano bar when her wallet was stolen — and became a victim of identity theft. Roy filed the necessary …

Keke Palmer’s Hollywood reality — and dreams

December 9th, 2022


Keke Palmer has already racked up two decades in show business. She acts, sings, hosts a TV show and is the face of numerous memes — and she has big plans for more. 

Fresh off hosting "SNL" and starring in “Nope,” Palmer …

The grad student strike at UC schools

December 7th, 2022


The workload for graduate students, researchers and assistants who take on-campus jobs for their discipline is notoriously underpaid and endless. That’s why 48,000 of those workers throughout the University of …

Has zero-COVID checkmated China's Xi?

December 5th, 2022


Mainland China is roiled by protests, the size of which have not been seen in a generation. People are calling for an end to the government’s strict “zero-COVID” restrictions. The moment has also brought rare public …

Why the U.S. clamps down on rail strikes

December 2nd, 2022


This week, Congress passed a bill that effectively imposed an agreement between rail workers and their companies and prohibited a strike. Politicians …

The megaflood, next time in California

November 30th, 2022


Few people associate urban and suburban Southern California with floods anymore, mostly because many of its rivers were dammed up or transformed into …

A decade of downers with DACA

November 28th, 2022


For the last decade, about 800,000 individuals who came to the United States as children but have no legal status have been protected from deportation by a program commonly referred to as DACA. It has allowed them to …

Mexico's unique, binational soccer fans

November 25th, 2022


Right now, the eyes of much of the world is on the FIFA World Cup in Qatar as 32 teams fight for national pride. One team is Mexico, whose unique fanbase sets it apart from the world. With loyalties to both Mexico and …

Your future meal might be grasshoppers

November 23rd, 2022


Grasshopper hunting has been going on in Mexico for thousands of years, but lately eating them has gained wider acceptance. Consumption of the jumpy little protein-packed insects is booming, and more and more …

Hospice for the homeless

November 21st, 2022


The Inn Between in Salt Lake City offers a revolutionary program: hospice care for homeless individuals. We visit to see what resistance they have …

How ham radio can save Taiwan — and the world

November 18th, 2022


Taiwan has more than 25,000 enthusiasts of ham radio, the antiquated communication technology that is increasingly being used in war zones when all …

When the celebrity bigot is a Black man

November 16th, 2022


Right now, there’s a lot of attention being paid to Black male celebrities and their controversial statements and actions. Dave Chapelle has been criticized for his comments about trans people. Artist Ye (formerly Kanye …

How to end political violence

November 14th, 2022


Political violence has been a part of this country since its founding. But right now, many people feel it’s a disturbing trend on a sharp and …

The slow trickle of election day

November 11th, 2022


Election day has come and gone... kinda. Many races, both local and national, are still too close to call. And while the Republican Party is expected to take Congress, it’s not by the margin many had predicted. So what …

Can Kevin McCarthy control Congress?

November 9th, 2022


The results of the midterm elections are still being tabulated, but it looks like California Congressman Kevin McCarthy is likely to be the next …

The Gen Z vote battle

November 7th, 2022


Tuesday’s midterms are among the most consequential elections in decades. As Democrats and Republicans fight for control, there’s one group with …

Uh-oh for U.K.'s new P.M.

November 4th, 2022


Rishi Sunak made history last month as the first nonwhite person to become prime minister of the United Kingdom. But he inherits a country, a party and people in chaos. Sunak is the third prime minister in seven weeks …

An audio ofrenda for Día de los Muertos

November 2nd, 2022


On Día de los Muertos, people across Mexico and the United States set up altars to remember loved ones who have died. But new traditions arise every …

Dems try abortion-rights pitch with Latinos

October 31st, 2022


The overturning of Roe vs. Wade this summer offered Democrats a new playbook for the Nov. 8 midterm elections when it comes to winning the Latino vote; promise to protect abortion rights. It’s a move that goes against …

Our Masters of Disasters know it's windy

October 28th, 2022


Who doesn’t like a nice breeze? A gorgeous zephyr? But the bad winds: They’re bad. And in Southern California right now, we’re going through some of the most notorious, bad winds of them all: the Santa Anas.

Today, our …

The scandal at LA City Hall — again

October 26th, 2022


It was the audio leak that created a political earthquake in Los Angeles.

Soon after the racist comments recorded during a private conversation among …

The fight over Squaw Valley's name

October 24th, 2022


Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new law last month to remove the word ‘Squaw’ from nearly 100 landmarks and place names across California. Native Americans and others are celebrating the new law because they find the …

Coyotes go urban; humans freak out

October 21st, 2022


In June, at a Manhattan Beach City Council meeting, residents lined up to share their concerns about a predator that roams their streets, terrorizing them and killing their pets: coyotes. They’re an important part of …

How Los Angeles got so overcrowded

October 19th, 2022


Los Angeles for decades advertised itself as an American Eden. But it ignored repeated warnings about the consequences of overcrowding on the working class. Now, when the situation is worse than ever, calls to fix it …

Late-night TV fights for its life, again

October 17th, 2022


For decades, late night television talk shows were where America snuggled up together and we laughed. The hosts were household names, but also very …

Sheriff Villanueva's unlikely rise to power

October 15th, 2022


There’s a lot to unpack when it comes to Alex Villanueva’s path to becoming the top cop in Los Angeles County. And that’s exactly what LAist Studios …

Dedicated to Art Laboe

October 14th, 2022


Art Laboe’s voice filled Southern California airwaves for more than 70 years. But beyond being a beloved disc jockey whose show was eventually broadcast across the nation, Laboe spread a radical message of racial unity …

The leaked tape that upended L.A. politics

October 12th, 2022


This week, the Los Angeles City Council made national headlines for all the wrong reasons. In a closed-door meeting, City Council President Nury …

Gavin Newsom versus the world

October 10th, 2022


It’s hard to avoid Gov. Gavin Newsom these days, even if you don’t live in California. He frequently attacks other governors, lobs daggers at members of his own Democratic Party, and expounds on the “California way” …

Mexico's fermented drinks bubble up

October 7th, 2022


For hundreds of years, Mexican fermented drinks like tepache, tejuino and pulque were looked down upon by polite society. But a younger generation in …

The Iranian diaspora rises up

October 5th, 2022


Mahsa Amini died Sept. 16 in Iran after an encounter with the country’s so-called morality police. Since her death, Iranians have taken to the …

The sketchy test sending moms to prison

October 3rd, 2022


There’s a test used across Latin America to determine whether a baby was born dead or alive. And depending on the result, it could allow prosecutors …

The rise, fall and rise of Lula

September 30th, 2022


Brazilians are heading to the polls on Sunday to choose between two very different candidates: current president Jair Bolsonaro and a former one, …

The fight to become L.A. County sheriff

September 28th, 2022


Alex Villanueva was elected as Los Angeles County sheriff in 2018 with support from progressives riding an anti-Trump wave. But since he took office, he has shifted to the right. His opponent in the November election, …

Masters of Disasters: Broken records!

September 26th, 2022


Record heat. Record drought. Record floods. Record hail. Record bad air. In a world where climate disasters seem to break records every year, do records even mean anything anymore? And if not, then what’s next when it …

Crimes for rhymes?

September 23rd, 2022


There are dozens if not hundreds of cases involving prosecutors using rap lyrics that are about crimes as evidence of actual crimes, even when there …

Legal pot in California sparks corruption

September 21st, 2022


Ever since California legalized cannabis in 2016, the state’s weed market has become a multi-billion dollar industry. It’s estimated to be the …

How L.A.’s next mayor will handle homelessness

September 19th, 2022


Housing L.A.’s homeless population has unsurprisingly proved to be a herculean task. With tens of thousands of people on the streets, it’s become a …

Back to the moon — and beyond?

September 16th, 2022


Sometime soon, NASA plans to launch a powerful new rocket. The launch is part of an ambitious quest to get people back to the moon for the first time …

How illegal cannabis smoked California

September 14th, 2022


California voters legalized cannabis in 2016, and one of the issues that was supposed to be solved was the violence and environmental wreckage …

A wildfire with your Airbnb?

September 12th, 2022


A Los Angeles Times analysis found that thousands of short-term Airbnb rentals are in California’s most hazardous fire zones. But the company does not provide warnings or evacuation information to guests when they make …

Fast cars, furious residents

September 9th, 2022


Street takeovers. Street races. Burnouts. They’re the latest manifestations of car culture in the region — cousins to the drag races, lowrider …

A Wyoming wind farm to power California

September 7th, 2022


There’s a Gold Rush right now happening in Wyoming — for wind. Billionaire developers are putting up wind turbines to help power California and turn …

An unprecedented use of Mexico's military

September 2nd, 2022


Mexico president Andrés Manuel López Obrador came into office promising to get the military off the streets. Instead, he’s more than doubled their numbers. He claims there’s just no other way to handle Mexico’s …

Melanie Lynskey gets very real with us

September 1st, 2022


For her role as Shauna in “Yellowjackets,” Melanie Lynskey has an Emmy nomination for lead actress in a drama series. 

Today, we've got another …

Less loan debt, more midterm love for Dems?

August 31st, 2022


Millions of Americans who attended college could have their debt completely canceled or reduced under a plan announced by President Joe Biden last …

The Haitian dream for America

August 30th, 2022


After displacement from Haiti, an exodus from South America and an epic journey through the Americas, what became of Haitians’ American dream? Today, in the final episode of the “Line in the Land” podcast produced by …

Hope, struggles for Afghan refugees in U.S.

August 29th, 2022


One year ago this month, U.S. forces left Afghanistan after 20 years of war. Some 94,000 Afghan nationals, American citizens and lawful permanent …

On the GOAT-ness of Serena Williams

August 26th, 2022


In 1999 in New York, Serena Williams won her first major tennis title at the U.S. Open. Everyone knew she was gonna be a star in the sport and a …

Colman Domingo on redemption and forgiveness

August 25th, 2022


For his role as Ali in “Euphoria,” Colman Domingo has an Emmy nomination for outstanding guest actor in a drama series. Today, we've got another …

Goodbye, new gas stations in California?

August 24th, 2022


Surprise, surprise: California cities are banning new gas stations and other cities across the world are watching. The bans are part of an ongoing quest to combat climate change, this time on a local municipal level. …

How Haiti got here

August 23rd, 2022


When an earthquake devastated Haiti in 2010, the international community pledged billions of dollars toward recovery. Much of that aid never went to …

When your anti-Black coworker is Latino

August 22nd, 2022


Two of the largest race discrimination cases investigated by the federal government in the past decade allege widespread abuse of hundreds of Black employees by supervisors and coworkers at warehouses in Southern …

Who is America?

August 19th, 2022


Since the start of 2021, L.A. Times national correspondent Tyrone Beason has been on the road. He’s doing what a lot of us are thinking about: he’s on a quest to find out what’s up with the United States. In a year-long …

Better call Rhea Seehorn

August 18th, 2022


For her role as the ethically flexible attorney Kim Wexler in “Better Call Saul,” Rhea Seehorn is nominated for outstanding supporting actress in a …

Babies at a bargain, pricey problems

August 17th, 2022


Decades ago, when you couldn’t conceive or carry a child, your options for becoming a parent were limited. But then in 1978, in-vitro fertilization …

Life and death in the Darién Gap

August 16th, 2022


To get to the U.S. border from South America, Haitians have to trek through an isolated stretch of jungle called the Darién Gap. In the latest …

The parents at the epicenter of a culture war

August 15th, 2022


Last year, frustrations over COVID-related school closures slammed into the nation’s culture war and tipped an election. It all started in Virginia’s …

Why Wyoming's "brand" hates Liz Cheney

August 12th, 2022


You might know Liz Cheney for her recent leadership of the House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol insurrection. Her prominent …

Sweet, scary, sad, silly Bill Hader

August 11th, 2022


Bill Hader became popular on "Saturday Night Live" with silly characters like Stefon, but his titular character on the HBO show "Barry" is more …

House music forever

August 10th, 2022


This summer, some of the biggest names in music decided that we all need to dance. Drake, Beyoncé, Charlie XCX, Bad Bunny — they all departed from their usual styles to create albums inspired by a genre called house …

A Haitian Odyssey Episode 2: Chile

August 9th, 2022


Today, we offer episode 2 of “A Line in the Land,” from our friends at Texas Public Radio and the Houston Chronicle. It’s a podcast that explores the human story behind the Haitian immigration journey. On this episode, …

Taiwan prepares for China's wrath

August 8th, 2022


Last week, Nancy Pelosi became the first House Speaker  in a quarter century to visit Taiwan. China viewed Pelosi’s trip as a direct challenge. As tensions over the self-governed island ratchet up, Taiwan is preparing …

Jennifer Coolidge welcomes her closeup

August 5th, 2022


Jennifer Coolidge has a career full of memorable roles, from the “American Pie” franchise to the “Legally Blonde” series and the mock documentaries …

Vin Scully, the greatest

August 4th, 2022


Vin Scully was the broadcaster for the Dodgers baseball franchise for 67 years, from its time in Brooklyn through its move to Los Angeles. In the …

A place of friendship at the border closes

August 3rd, 2022


On the U.S.-Mexico border, where San Diego ends and Tijuana begins right next to the Pacific Ocean, there’s a place called Friendship Park. It opened …

A Haitian Odyssey Episode 1: Texas

August 2nd, 2022


We bring you episode 1 of “Line in the Land,” a new podcast from Texas Public Radio and the Houston Chronicle that explores the human story behind the Haitians traveling to the U.S.-Mexico border in search of a better …

Her life, her body, her death

August 1st, 2022


On July 16, Gabriella Walsh carried out a decision months in the making; a process involving her loved ones and medical providers. She drank a fatal …

What you need to know about monkeypox

July 29th, 2022


Monkeypox is on the rise, and now officially considered a global health emergency. Cases in the U.S. number in the thousands and only took a week to double here in Los Angeles. The viral disease has, so far, mostly …

The drought, this time in northern Mexico

July 28th, 2022


A drought has drained the reservoirs that provide most of the water for 5 million residents who live around Monterrey, the financial capital of northern Mexico. The crisis has sparked widespread upheaval. Anger is …

He took Trump's Jan. 6 close-up

July 27th, 2022


The Jan. 6 House subcommittee investigating the events of that day have poured through thousands of hours of videos. But during the hearings, the public also got a sneak preview of even more moments caught on tape — …

What do Gillian Anderson and Eleanor Roosevelt have in common?

July 26th, 2022


It’s Emmy season, so we’ve got another episode of the “Envelope” for you. This time, it’s an in-depth conversation with Gillian Anderson, who plays Eleanor Roosevelt in “The First Lady.” Anderson talks about how Eleanor …

Beyoncé, Beyoncé, Beyoncé — Beyoncé!

July 25th, 2022


Beyoncé is getting ready to bring the world her seventh studio album this Friday. Rumors are already swirling about what genre she’ll showcase, what themes she’ll explore and more.

We already got a hint with the single …

The 411 on the 988 suicide hotline

July 22nd, 2022


Remember this number: 988. The new three-digit hotline is now the 911 equivalent for mental health emergencies. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people in the U.S., according to the National …

Musicians for abortion rights redux

July 21st, 2022


When the annual Glastonbury music festival happened this year, performers openly criticized on stage the overturning of Roe vs. Wade, which happened that same week. It recalled a similar movement nearly 30 years …

Simone Ashley’s ‘Bridgerton’ breakthrough

July 20th, 2022


It’s Emmy season, so we’re dropping another episode of our sister podcast, the “Envelope." Today, an in-depth conversation with actor Simone Ashley. 

Ashley has always been a fan of the romance genre, but before being …

Pregnant and homeless in Hollywood

July 19th, 2022


In 2018, the L.A. Times began to follow Mckenzie Trahan, a pregnant homeless woman living in Hollywood. Over the next four years, a Times reporter, …

Burnout at the front lines of disasters

July 18th, 2022


So many disasters, so little time. And it’s the same group of people on the front lines, year after year. What happens when they get tired? Today, our Masters of Disaster talk about burnout among firefighters, …

The mountain lion that captured L.A.'s heart

July 15th, 2022


He’s animal royalty in the City of Angels; an ambassador for conservation and for the random beauty this megalopolis offers. But P-22 is also a …

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, together for us

July 14th, 2022


It’s Emmys season, and the “Envelope” is here for it. So once a week for the next couple of weeks, we’re going to feature an episode of our sister podcast in “The Times.” First up: Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, who …

What happened to Lora Lee, Part 2

July 13th, 2022


For over a year, L.A. Times entertainment reporter Stacy Perman tried to track down Lora Lee Michel, a former child star whose custody case …

What Happened to Lora Lee?

July 12th, 2022


Throughout the history of Hollywood, child entertainers have consistently clashed with their parents and guardians who manage their money and lives. …

California's carbon-capture controversy

July 11th, 2022


Lawmakers want California to eliminate the state’s carbon footprint altogether by 2045. They’re taking all sorts of steps to get to that ambitious goal; from phasing out gas-powered engines in new cars and lawnmowers to …

Biden's bold moves abroad to win at home

July 8th, 2022


In the 5 months since Russia’s invasion, the American public’s attention has turned back to problems at home — and US President Joe Biden hasn’t gotten a good grade for his handling of them. But last week, he was able …

The rise and fall of a Hollywood almost-was

July 7th, 2022


Randall Emmett had built a career for himself in Hollywood over the past decade as a producer of schlocky action films featuring cameos of iconic …

Lowriders lawfully cruise again

July 6th, 2022


Few things are more beautiful on a California summer evening than the sight of lowriders cruising slow and low and bouncing up and down through the …

That classic VW Bug could be an electric vehicle

July 5th, 2022


Classic cars are a staple of California culture, but they have a dirty secret – they're gas guzzlers. And with gas prices so high, collectors are …

The Future of Abortion, Part 6: History Repeated?

July 1st, 2022


A 22-year-old woman and an abortion doctor from California played key roles in the legal fight that eventually led to Roe vs. Wade. But now that …

D.C.'s secretive VP power lunch

June 30th, 2022


For decades, weekly lunches between the American president and his vice president have piqued the interest of D.C. insiders. Today, we take a look at this unique tradition and examine what the most exclusive meal in …

Can companies help protect abortion?

June 29th, 2022


President Biden has vowed to help protect the ability of those who seek abortions to travel to other states. California and other states have stepped up to offer expanded access. And now companies are vowing to do what …

Summer's biggest hazard? Humans!

June 28th, 2022


We’ll be having fun all summer long ... or not. Hazards are everywhere this season — in the bonfires we set, the trash we leave behind, the sunburns we get. Today, our Masters of Disasters talk about all the hazards out …

California, the abortion sanctuary state

June 27th, 2022


More than 20 states have already worked to ban or severely limit abortion in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe vs. Wade. But in California, access to abortion will continue to be protected. In …

Special Edition: The Death of Roe vs. Wade

June 24th, 2022


Roe vs. Wade protected the constitutional right to an abortion for nearly 50 years. Now that the Supreme Court has overturned it, at least 20 states are banning or putting extreme limitations on access to abortion.

The …

She was the Rosa Parks of the 1800s

June 24th, 2022


In celebration of Juneteenth, this week we're running some of our favorite episodes about the Black experience. 

L.A. Times features writer Jeanette Marantos takes us from modern-day Southern California back to 1860s …

Big Tobacco, Black trauma

June 23rd, 2022


In celebration of Juneteenth, this week we're running some of our favorite episodes about the Black experience. 

Today, we revisit the showdown …

Home was where the freeway is

June 22nd, 2022


In celebration of Juneteenth, this week we're running some of our favorite episodes about the Black experience. 

Today, housing and affordability reporter Liam Dillon dives into the historical and continuing impact of …

The Future of Abortion, Part 5: Law

June 21st, 2022


The Supreme Court’s decision on Roe vs. Wade in 1973 was supposed to end the debate on abortion once and for all. But instead, it has led to decades of division. In our “Future of Abortion” series, The Times looks at …

An ‘Emmett Till moment’ for guns?

June 20th, 2022


In the wake of the Uvalde massacre, Emmett Till’s name is again at the forefront of a national conversation, this time about gun control. Till was …

To be queer in Singapore

June 17th, 2022


Just this year, Singapore’s top court upheld section 377A. That’s a British colonial-era law prohibiting consenting sex between men. And while the …

The biggest Jan. 6 bombshells

June 16th, 2022


After more than a year of investigations and thousands of hours of depositions, the Jan. 6 committee is looking to prove that former president Donald Trump had a plan to overturn the 2020 election.

Today, a look at the …

The Future of Abortion, Part 4: Keeping It

June 15th, 2022


Pregnancy centers offer services like free pregnancy tests, and sometimes resources like diapers or baby clothes — even classes and counseling. Their main focus, though, is to persuade women not to have abortions — and …

Why L.A. has fridge-less apartments

June 14th, 2022


For most renters across the United States, having a refrigerator come with your unit is a given. Not in Southern California. For reasons no one can …

Hidden clues of a Black family's Bible

June 13th, 2022


In the late 1980s, the Diggs family of Southern California came across a family Bible with an incredible backstory. Notes written in the margin documented their family history to an enslaved ancestor who learned to read …

The drag mothers of Los Angeles

June 10th, 2022


Drag culture is one of the most iconic forms of expression within the LGBTQ community. For outsiders looking in, drag culture looks fun and …

How mass shootings affect young voters

June 9th, 2022


This year’s midterm elections were expected to be a referendum on the economy, but as gun violence is on the minds of Americans, yet again, …

What the Summit of the Americas means

June 8th, 2022


The Summit of the Americas. It’s when the leaders of all the nations of the Western Hemisphere get together every three to four years and and talk shop. This year’s edition is in the United States, for the second time …

Welcome to Portugal, now go home

June 7th, 2022


Ocean breezes, mountain views, stunning architecture, great food. Fala vocé português? Even if you don’t; Portugal is it right now, and has been for years. But recently, more Americans and especially Californians are …

Covering COVID on ‘sacred ground’

June 6th, 2022


The U.S. has lost more than 1 million people to COVID — and the virus isn’t done with us yet. Frontline hospital workers have experienced the devastation up close and in real time. And for one L.A. Times photographer …

Queer Ukrainians on the frontlines

June 3rd, 2022


Ukraine was never a utopia for gays and transgender people, but activists there say things have improved over the years. Now, though, people are …

A new militia at the U.S.-Mexico border

June 2nd, 2022


Patriots for America patrols the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas, stops migrants, and questions children. They call it faith-based ministry work; civil …

California's historic water restrictions

June 1st, 2022


Unprecedented water restrictions in Los Angeles County are going to ensure the slow demise of lawns. And now, California Gov. Gavin Newsom is ready to deal green lawns a final blow. Today, how Southern Californians will …

The pickleball pickle

May 31st, 2022


It’s pitting neighbors against neighbors in suburbs across the United States. Tempers are flaring. Tension is high. And nope, all the drama has …

A visit to Vancouver's safe injection site

May 27th, 2022


Overdose deaths in the United States have risen rapidly during the pandemic. It’s a trend driven largely by the spread of fentanyl.

In California, the push to save lives and stop the fallout has led some activists and …

California’s gun control wars sway the U.S.

May 26th, 2022


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 …

L.A. mayoral candidates debate homelessness

May 25th, 2022


Last week, we partnered up with KCRW for a live mayoral debate with some of the city’s top candidates for the top job.

It was the final group debate before the primary on June 7. And in it, three candidates talked a lot …

Tijuana's toughest time

May 24th, 2022


In this episode of the “Border City” podcast from our sister paper, the San Diego Union-Tribune, longtime U.S.-Mexico border reporter Sandra Dibble …

Desperately seeking restaurant workers

May 23rd, 2022


The pandemic has made a lot of us rethink a lot of things. On the forefront of that existential rethink: restaurant workers. 
This realignment of priorities and personal interests drove lots of restaurant workers to …

ICE released dying detainees, avoiding responsibility

May 20th, 2022


U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which detains hundreds of thousands of people nationwide, typically says fewer than a dozen detainees die in its custody each year. But if the agency releases a person in dire …

Cryptocurrency's addiction problem

May 19th, 2022


The ups and downs of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin can bring quick wealth — or quick bankruptcy. It's the hope for a huge payoff that keeps people hooked on these fluctuations, to the point where their attention …

How California popularized the Great Replacement

May 18th, 2022


On Saturday, a heavily armed 18-year-old white man rolled up to a supermarket in a predominantly Black neighborhood of Buffalo, N.Y., and killed at …

Tijuana in the time of opera and cartels

May 17th, 2022


In the late 1990s, a turf war between the Arellano-Felix and Sinaloa cartels in Tijuana led to mayhem and corruption. But as the cartel-fueled …

The Future of Abortion Part 3: Money

May 16th, 2022


Roe vs. Wade is expected to be struck down this summer, which would mean abortion will no longer be a federally protected right. If that happens, …

Let's blame someone for California's drought

May 13th, 2022


It’s barely spring in 2022 and California has already broken record heat and drought levels never before seen in 1,200 years. Major reservoirs across the American West are at record lows. Groundwater is drying up. It’s …

Why U.S. women's sports stars play abroad

May 12th, 2022


The arrest in Russia earlier this year of WNBA superstar Brittney Griner made worldwide headlines. But few dug into why she was playing abroad in the first place.

Today, we hear how Griner is just one of many female …

The fight to use Mickey Mouse

May 11th, 2022


Mickey Mouse has been the mascot for Disney going back to the days of, well, Walt himself. But the copyright for the mouse that Disney has zealously guarded for decades is set to expire in just two years. That means the …

Russia's Syria playbook in Ukraine

May 10th, 2022


Aerial strikes, targeting civilians, cutting off supply chains: Russia’s brutal war tactics in Ukraine are shocking, but also hauntingly familiar. These are tactics the country has used before.

Six years before Russia …

California mulls a four-day workweek

May 9th, 2022


More and more companies worldwide are making the switch to a 32-hour work week. And in California, there’s even talk of making it the law. Today, we discuss what the State Legislature is discussing. And we hear from …

A TikTok president for the Philippines

May 6th, 2022


Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has been campaigning to become the next president of the Philippines via the power of TikTok and other social media. …

Cinco de Mayo forever

May 5th, 2022


We repeat our episode from last year on Cinco de Mayo because it’s that good. Axios reporter Russell Contreras takes us to the forgotten history of …

L.A.’s election of rage

May 4th, 2022


On June 7, voters in Los Angeles will elect their preferred candidates in the primary. A couple of races — the mayor’s seat, L.A. County Sheriff, a possible recall of Dist. Atty. George Gascón — are earning national …

Tijuana's many, many sides

May 3rd, 2022


In this installment of the podcast “Border City” from our sister paper, the San Diego Union-Tribune, longtime border reporter Sandra Dibble talks …

The state of the streaming wars

May 2nd, 2022


Streaming services were one of the few winners from the pandemic, especially Netflix. But the pandemic’s binge boom seems to have burst.

Today, the winners and losers in the streaming wars and how providers are handling …

What light rail will bring to South L.A.

April 29th, 2022


After South L.A. erupted in anger 30 years ago, government officials promised to end the community’s economic disparity once and for all, and invest. …

The L.A. riots, 30 years later

April 28th, 2022


April 29, 1992. A date that forever changed Los Angeles. Six days of chaos erupted after the acquittal of four police officers in the videotaped …

Black Twitter frets for its future

April 27th, 2022


For more than a decade, #BlackTwitter — a community of millions that has harnessed the power of the social media platform to create real-world change …

Big Tobacco, Black trauma

April 26th, 2022


Menthol-flavored cigarettes have been controversial for decades, and the Food and Drug Administration is weighing a national ban on them. But tobacco …

Helping and hoping in Ukraine

April 25th, 2022


As Russia’s war against Ukraine enters its third month, ordinary Ukrainians continue to upend their lives to protect their homeland. Today, we’ll hear the stories of three Ukrainians who came to the aid of their country …

Shanghai’s lockdown tests limits

April 22nd, 2022


The strict lockdowns and zero-tolerance COVID policies that were once praised for keeping China largely infection-free; they’re back. And they’re now …

Mexico's weird presidential self-recall

April 21st, 2022


Earlier this month, Mexico had an election. But it wasn’t business as usual. The vote was a first in Mexico — a recall referendum on the country’s president. The person pushing to recall the president … was the …

The AriZona iced-tea 99-cent miracle

April 20th, 2022


Since AriZona iced tea launched in 1994, a can of the stuff has cost 99 cents. It’s a business anomaly, yet one that has turned the company into a …

Tijuana sí!

April 19th, 2022


In Chapter 3 of “Border City,” a podcast from the San Diego Union Tribune and L.A. Times, Sandra Dibble continues her story about living and working as a journalist in Tijuana. It’s both sides of Tijuana that eventually …

Coachella 2022, Coachella forever

April 18th, 2022


Some of the biggest names in the music industry have played the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival since it debuted in 1999 on large grass fields out in the California desert. It turned into a global phenomenon …

Future of Abortion Part 2: Church

April 15th, 2022


In anticipation of the Supreme Court making its landmark abortion decision this summer and very likely undoing Roe v Wade, The Times is looking at the issue from a number of perspectives. Today, we’ll tell the …

The case that ended 'Mexican-only' schools

April 14th, 2022


In 1945, five families sued school districts in Orange County to challenge the practice of so-called Mexican schools, which kept Latino students from …

Tijuana beyond the bad headlines

April 13th, 2022


When reporter Sandra Dibble started covering Tijuana in the 1990s, many of her stories dealt with violence and corruption in the city. But like most

Earth Day: Binge or cringe?

April 12th, 2022


In 1969, off California’s coast, an ecological disaster gained worldwide attention. The state’s largest oil disaster shocked a nation into action: It …

Come fly the toxic skies

April 11th, 2022


An L.A. Times investigation found that jet engine oil can leak into the air supply of passenger planes, creating a toxic cocktail that can lead to health problems. It happens with an alarming frequency across all …

What COVID-19 wrought on Black men

April 8th, 2022


Black people are two and a half times more likely to be hospitalized, and 1.7 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than whites.

That stat from the CDC is shocking. But it’s not exactly surprising. Not to people like …

Welcome to Tijuana

April 7th, 2022


Reporter Sandra Dibble spent more than 25 years covering the U.S.-Mexico border for the San Diego Union-Tribune. And what she found out after her first day on the job is that Tijuana is ... complicated.

The impact of …

The lawyer behind Trump's Jan. 6 attack

April 6th, 2022


Before Jan. 6, 2021, John Eastman was known as a fringe figure in conservative circles. But now, Eastman’s not so fringe anymore.

A California-based federal judge said Trump probably committed felonies in connection with …

What's slowing down the Jan. 6 investigation

April 5th, 2022


Hundreds of people have been charged with federal crimes in the aftermath of the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection. The amount of evidence against many of the insurrectionists is growing. But sorting through it all has ground …

Goodbye, Title 42

April 4th, 2022


Title 42 has plugged up the asylum system since it was put in place at the start of the coronavirus crisis. Since March 2020, U.S. border officials …

The takedown of a dial-up drug network

April 1st, 2022


Beverly Hills resident Ray Mascolo died of a drug overdose in 2020. His passing led investigators to a sprawling, Hollywood-based drug-dealing …

In praise of long-scorned Black women's hair

March 31st, 2022


When Will Smith slapped Chris Rock during the Oscars for a joke the latter made about the hairstyle of Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, it brought …

A soldier's funeral in Ukraine

March 30th, 2022


L.A. Times foreign correspondent Patrick J. McDonnell has covered Ukrainian refugees flooding into Poland and the funerals for Ukrainian soldiers in …

California tries to figure out reparations

March 29th, 2022


Two brothers near Sacramento are fighting for compensation for the land they say was taken from their formerly enslaved ancestors during the Gold …

A lot of magic with "Winning Time"

March 28th, 2022


Binge Sesh” is a new L.A. Times podcast taking a deep dive into the television shows everyone is talking about. For its inaugural season, the series gets into the HBO show “Winning Time,” which talks about the Los …

An existential crisis for the Oscars

March 25th, 2022


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has added and subtracted elements to this year’s Oscars. A roundtable of L.A. Times film and television experts discuss those changes, plus offer up other commentary and …

Where's Jack?

March 24th, 2022


What lengths would you go to find someone you love? Even as their disappearance edges closer and closer to becoming a cold case? Today, we have the …

The medieval prince that Putin adores

March 23rd, 2022


In the war for Ukraine, it’s Zelensky versus Putin. Two men with essentially the same first name fighting for their place in history — not just for their respective countries but for the ancestral roots that Russia and …

Disney's stumbles on "Don't Say Gay" bill

March 22nd, 2022


For the past two decades, Disney’s reputation in the LGBTQ community has been stellar. It was one of the first Fortune 500 companies to offer same-sex couple benefits. And tens of thousands of people attend their …

Ketanji Brown Jackson is feeling supreme

March 21st, 2022


Today, hearings will begin to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court to fill the seat of retiring Justice Stephen Breyer. Jackson’s a different type of judge, a Black woman for starters — she’d be the …

Townies versus gownies battle for Berkeley

March 18th, 2022


Thousands of students apply to UC Berkeley every year. It’s one of the most applied-to universities in the entire U.S. But the city of Berkeley is also emblematic of our nationwide housing crisis. Which is why residents …

Another scandal for L.A. Fire Department

March 17th, 2022


Last May, the Palisades fire ripped through the Santa Monica Mountains. About 1,000 people were put under mandatory evacuation orders, and about 500 …

China's influence grows in Central America

March 16th, 2022


There’s been a new Cold War brewing for years now between the United States and China. And a big battleground on that front is Central America.

Today, …

Hotel housekeeping is dirtier than ever

March 15th, 2022


Something disturbing has happened since the last time most of us took vacations — it’s getting harder to clean rooms because of COVID-19 protocols. …

Future of Abortion Part 1: Medicine

March 14th, 2022


Dr. Warren Hern has seen the past, present and future of the abortion debate in the United States. The Colorado doctor remembers treating women for …

Ukraine, Russia and your gas tank

March 11th, 2022


Here in the United States, we’re already feeling the cost of Russia’s war in a place none of us can escape: the rising price of oil.

Today, we look into how global conflicts upend global energy supplies and efforts to …

One family's 27,000-mile road trip

March 10th, 2022


Greg Bledsoe is a former morning news anchor for NBC 7 in San Diego. About a year ago, he, his wife and their two children got into an SUV and began to drive. Forty-four states, more than 20 national parks and more than …

500 miles to Kyiv

March 9th, 2022


For more than a month now, L.A. Times Middle East Bureau Chief Nabih Bulos has been on the ground in Ukraine, covering the escalating Russian …

Media bias, and refugees 'like us'

March 8th, 2022


The European Union is doing everything possible to welcome Ukrainian refugees. And people around the world have donated money and supplies to help. But this open-arms response has people in similar situations wondering: …

History-making, Oscar-nominated Ariana DeBose

March 7th, 2022


Ariana DeBose has made history as the first Afro-Latino and openly queer woman to be nominated for an acting Academy Award. In this crossover episode with “The Envelope,” DeBose talks about the expectations she must …

An American leaves Ukraine to return

March 4th, 2022


Aaron Bray is a San Diego native who’s lived the last couple of years in Kharkiv, Ukraine, after a stint with the Peace Corps. And now, alongside over a million Ukrainians and foreigners, he’s had to flee the country in …

A homeless community that couldn't last

March 3rd, 2022


A small, tight-knit community grew inside an abandoned building in L.A.’s Koreatown. The people who found shelter there felt lucky. In a city where unhoused people have to set up encampments wherever they can — in …

Russia and China, forever frenemies

March 2nd, 2022


On Feb. 4, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping just hours ahead of the opening ceremony for the Beijing Winter …

Mexico's lawsuit against American guns

March 1st, 2022


Gun violence has killed more than 100,000 people in Mexico over the last decade. Yet most of the guns involved are illegal, smuggled into the country …

How workers evade vaccine mandates

February 28th, 2022


As more and more workplaces have instituted COVID-19 vaccine mandates, a cottage industry has sprung up to help skeptics evade them. Today, we look into what constitutes a deeply held religious belief, how those beliefs …

Maggie Gyllenhaal on her directorial debut

February 25th, 2022


In this crossover episode with “The Envelope” podcast, Maggie Gyllenhaal speaks about “The Lost Daughter,” her directorial debut.

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How violence smashed Mexican avocados

February 24th, 2022


Americans eat billions of dollars of Mexican avocados every year. Demand is such that drug cartels and other criminal elements have muscled in on the …

Vladimir Putin's Ukraine obsession

February 23rd, 2022


On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his country would recognize the independence of two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine and …

Transgender drivers struggle to join Uber

February 22nd, 2022


Uber’s under fire over its treatment of transgender drivers after the Los Angeles Times published a story about the alleged mistreatment.

Today, we’ll hear from the L.A. Times reporter who broke the story. And we’ll also …

Saving segregated 'Mexican' schools

February 18th, 2022


Marfa, Texas, is known internationally for its arts scene. But on the south side of the city, there’s this old school. It’s a school where teachers …

Homeless prisoners of the suburban dream

February 17th, 2022


A new podcast series from KPCC and LAist Studios called "Imperfect Paradise: Home Is Life" zeroes in on the battles over homelessness in suburban communities. Today, we air Episode 2 of this three-part series, which …

California's death penalty flip-flops

February 16th, 2022


For decades, California voters and politicians have vacillated over the future of the death penalty. Currently, Gov. Gavin Newsom has put a …

A labor union with your latte?

February 15th, 2022


The U.S. labor movement has experienced a resurgence in recent years in sectors that historically have hired younger people. And one of the biggest battlegrounds is where you get your lattes. Today, we’re taking you to …

Black joy in Questlove's "Summer of Soul"

February 14th, 2022


The Roots drummer and music legend Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson sifted through 40 hours of archival footage of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival for …

Will the Super Bowl change Inglewood?

February 11th, 2022


With more economic development and rents on the rise, Inglewood is struggling to meet its goal of encouraging more investment while trying to preserve one of California’s last remaining Black enclaves. Today, we examine …

Let's get loud, Super Bowl halftime show

February 10th, 2022


 Even if you don’t like football, you probably have opinions about the Super Bowl halftime show. Today, we look at the history of this curious spectacle, from its humble beginnings to the mega-star extravaganzas of …

Why the NFL doesn't hire Black coaches

February 9th, 2022


In a league where Black players make up 70% of active rosters, the NFL currently has only two Black head coaches. League officials and even fans have offered all sorts of excuses about this discrepancy for decades. But …

The triple terror of tsunamis

February 8th, 2022


For the latest installment of our “Masters of Disasters” series, we talk tsunamis in the wake of a volcanic eruption near Tonga last month that …

We enter the metaverse — and return

February 7th, 2022


Everybody is talking about the metaverse right now. But Times host Gustavo Arellano didn’t want to just talk about it; he wanted to experience it firsthand.

And so off he went inside the metaverse with a guide. Is it all …

When cars on autopilot crash — and kill

February 4th, 2022


A first-of-it’s kind case in Los Angeles County is going to play a big role in determining culpability whenever self-driving cars get into accidents. …

No freedom gold medal for you, Olympics

February 3rd, 2022


There’s a growing realization that the brilliance of the world’s best athletes isn’t enough anymore to cover some glaring problems that come with putting on the Olympics every two years.

The International Olympics …

Mexico's murdered journalists

February 2nd, 2022


Mexico trails just Syria and Iraq as the deadliest country in the world to be a journalist. That’s according to data collected from 2000 through 2022 …

Tet, today and yesterday

February 1st, 2022


Tet, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, is a national holiday, not just in Vietnam but all over the world wherever Vietnamese may be. And in the United …

Home was where the freeway is

January 31st, 2022


In Santa Monica during the 1950s and ‘60s, city leaders evicted hundreds of Black families to build what ended up being the 10 Freeway. But now, in an act of civic penance, Santa Monica is trying to bring some of those …

The Blur guy insulted a pop star. The reaction? Swift

January 28th, 2022


It was the Taylor Swift diss heard around the world. “She doesn’t write her own songs.” That’s what Damon Albarn, the lead singer for the British bands Blur and Gorillaz said to L.A. Times pop music critic Mikael Wood.

The Omicron kids

January 27th, 2022


Just when it seemed schools and parents and teachers were figuring out how to do in-person learning again, Omicron hit.

The highly contagious variant …

A comic and COVID walk into a cruise ship ...

January 26th, 2022


On New Year’s Day, comedian Jen Murphy boarded a cruise ship out of Miami and got ready to perform for 1,800 people. She never did end up getting on that comedy stage, though. Instead, she ended up getting trapped in a …

A new Honduras president-elect is set to make herstory

January 25th, 2022


Xiomara Castro is about to be inaugurated as the first-ever female president of Honduras. But la presidenta has a daunting task in front of her. Her countrymen continue to leave the nation, tired of poverty, government …

An Indigenous language, back from the brink

January 24th, 2022


Native American culture and history have long been ignored or romanticized as vestiges of a lost people — or both.

The Serrano people of Southern …

Standing up for Black lives at the border

January 21st, 2022


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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