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Welcome to LA

19 EpisodesProduced by KCRWWebsite

Los Angeles is a city carved out of the desert — a conjured image of paradise. Award-winning journalist David Weinberg returns with stories of people who learn what lies beyond the dream.

19 Episodes | 2018 - 2020

Nikola and Fritz

July 8th, 2020


When David first got the email, it just seemed like one of those offers that’s too good to be true. The idea that he would be holding the reins of a …

Welcome To Richard’s Famous LA Food Podcast

July 1st, 2020


A crossover spectacular! Richard Parks III, the host of Richard’s Famous Food Podcast, helps David find where food meets fame in Los Angeles. And is …

Friday Night: The Kingdom of Time

June 24th, 2020


Remember what Friday nights used to feel like? It was freedom, that moment when you get off work, and your time no longer belongs to someone else — …

What’s Ours

June 17th, 2020


In this episode of Welcome to LA: A look at redlining in Southern California. A story about how Black families are being priced-out of LA and moving to Palmdale and other cities of the High Desert. Also some rock and …

A Quick Message

June 10th, 2020


‘Welcome to LA’ is not putting out a new episode this week. In the meantime, host David Weinberg recommends some podcasts that are worth a listen during this current moment.

Deep Time: The Strange Life of an LA Googie

June 3rd, 2020


Inside an old restaurant you can hear the sound of kids hunkered down at the counter, plotting a revolution. It’s a long shot for sure, but maybe …

Buffalo Soldiers

May 27th, 2020


How did a group of stuntmen in the 1960s diversify Hollywood? On this episode of Welcome to LA, we delve into the origin story of the Black …

The Best of All Possible Worlds: A Prologue

May 20th, 2020


Have you ever had a friend who you thought should live their life differently than they do? A story about building a meaningful life out of chaos. 

Welcome Back to LA

May 13th, 2020


Los Angeles is a city carved out of the desert – a conjured image of paradise. Award-winning journalist David Weinberg returns with stories of people who learn what lies beyond the dream.

Listen to Lost Notes

May 28th, 2019


Lost Notes is a podcast from KCRW. It's about music, and artistic legacy, and people. Listen to this episode about David Bowie's favorite rock band, Fanny. Then, go subscribe in your podcast player. See you soon for …

Pan's plans

July 3rd, 2018


Architect Trevor Pan built his first building with his own hands in a barren patch of Arizona desert. It didn’t have running water or electricity, but it got him some attention in the architecture world and his career …

The Recruiter

June 26th, 2018


Before he launched one of the most successful porn companies in America, Rob Navarro was a chart topping Christian rock star and the voice of Ronald …

Grace of the Sea

June 19th, 2018


Luis Gutierrez Sanchez, a hot dog street vendor also known as "Grace of the Sea," lived in a garage in South LA for six years. Miraculously good at …

The Case of the Missing Sprinkles

June 12th, 2018


Before Judge Judy there was “The People’s Court” This is the origin story of the court case that started what is now a lucrative empire that feeds off the petty disputes of everyday Americans. 

Bilal’s Calling

June 5th, 2018


Tyreek Bilal has gone through many transformations in his life. He’s been barber for powerful celebrities, a husband to six wives, a celibate …

The Grifter

May 29th, 2018


When a suspicious couple and a former soap opera actress try to rent an apartment they offer to deposit the entire year’s rent into the building owners bank account. But something wasn’t adding up.

The Paradise Motel

May 22nd, 2018


Kevin Gage played villains in Hollywood action movies of the mid-90s. But in 2003 he went to federal prison. He tried to start a new life in Mexico …


May 22nd, 2018


Host David Weinberg moves to Los Angeles and on his first day in town ends up on a yacht, attending a birthday party for a Russian theremin builder. But the pleasure cruise turns disastrous and they have to be rescued …

Welcome to LA Trailer

May 20th, 2018


Drifters and dreamers in the great American mirage.

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