The LA Podcast


September 1, 2021 Episode TMZ-0020

Now publishing in the main feed every other week on Wednesday! Thirty Mile Zone is the LA Podcast movie club – we are interrogating the canon of LA movies to try to better understand how the city’s signature industry and audiences worldwide see us.

This week, Scott is joined by Carolina Miranda from the LA Times and Alison Herman from The Ringer as we discuss Brian DePalma’s 1984 Hitchcock mashup Body Double. How does LA architecture interact with classic thriller tropes? How does DePalma see the line dividing LA’s ‘legit’ and porn film industries? What’s the real story behind the Chemosphere in the Hollywood Hills? All that and more on this week’s episode!

Watch along with us: Next episode is Like Crazy, posting September 15!

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August 30, 2021 Episode 189

Alissa and Scott are joined by Samanta Helou-Hernandez for a packed episode on vaccine mandates, eviction moratoriums, state proposals to end single-family zoning, and more.

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August 23, 2021 Episode 188

Scott Frazier returns to the podcast! He hosts alongside Alissa Walker and Matt Tinoco for a packed show covering the Newsom recall, school re-openings, street design, and more.

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August 16, 2021 Episode 187

Alissa Walker, Matt Tinoco, and Rachel Reyes gather to talk shop about free school lunch, lies from the San Diego Sheriff’s department, and what happened when Caitlyn Jenner went to Venice.

We also answer a listener question about the early history of Black Angelenos.

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August 9, 2021 Episode 186

Matt, Rachel Reyes, and J.T. the L.A. Storyteller gather to talk about: the bathing habits of local A-listers; the status of hand washing stations for unsheltered Angelenos; the abrupt shutdown of the Avenue 26 Night Market; the LAPD’s evaluation of how it handled the Echo Park Lake closure in March.

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August 4, 2021 Episode 185

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In Episode 18, we talk about the second film in the Conjuring Universe: Annabelle. The titular demonically possessed doll attacks extremely square Santa Monica parents-to-be John and Mia Form.

Here to talk about the hodgepodge of Manson family reactionary paranoia and Rosemary’s Baby familial horror are Scott, movie/tv critic Alison Herman (@aherman2006), and writer/horror maven Juliet Bennett Rylah (@jbrylah).

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August 2, 2021 Episode 185

What happens now that City Council has approved a new anti-homeless ordinance? How is wage theft impacting grocery workers in Los Angeles? Why was a community group’s bid to purchase the Crenshaw mall ignored? Why did the Banditos gang in the Sheriff’s Department host an inking party? Scott is joined by Cerise Castle and Rachel Reyes to discuss the latest news from LA.

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July 26, 2021 Episode 184

Samanta Helou Hernandez joins Scott and Matt to talk about the ongoing pandemic, continuing coverage of the LAPD’s bomb in South Central and the sewage spill in the Santa Monica Bay. Then, Scott shares his experience at the trial of Ed Buck.

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July 19, 2021 Episode 183

Rachel Reyes joins Matt and Scott to talk LA’s reinstated mask mandate, police brutality and right wing violence at Wi Spa, a sewage spill in Santa Monica Bay, racism in the foster care system and Food 4 Less workers bargaining a new contract.

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July 12, 2021 Episode 182

Eric Garcetti answers the call, Wi Spa becomes international news, Los Angeles’ buildings are as vulnerable as South Florida’s, and a dive into how the Venice housing situation got so bad.

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