The LA Podcast


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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July 5, 2021 Episode 181

The L.A. City Council passes a strict new anti-sleeping in public law, Metro’s bus system re-think has a rocky start, LAPD sets off a bomb in a residential neighborhood, and the latest on the novel coronavirus in Los Angeles.

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July 2, 2021 Episode 181

Alissa and Scott sit down with reporter Lexis-Olivier Ray to talk about city-provided hand-washing stations for the unhoused. Ray has investigated Los Angeles’ failure to maintain basic sanitary resources for its unsheltered residents during the pandemic, despite public promises to do so.

Find Lexis-Olivier Ray on Twitter and Instagram: @shoton35mm

Read Ray’s reporting at L.A. TACO:

Garcetti Said That L.A.’s Hand-Washing Stations for the Homeless Were Regularly Refilled, Records Obtained Show Otherwise.

There Weren’t Enough Porta-Potties for the Homeless To Begin With, in October They’re Being Pulled.

Hand-Washing Station Vendors Collected Millions of Dollars In Payments From The City While Some Units Went Dry.

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June 28, 2021 Episode 180

A not-so-life-changing rail connection to LAX breaks ground, Herb Wesson lights up a second career, the latest on the Sheriff in Venice, and an examination of California’s several iterations of pandemic rent relief.

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June 21, 2021 Episode 179

California reopens, and Governor Newsom holds his victory-lap press conference at… Universal Studios? More details about a questionable workplace environment over at the Office of L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, the L.A. City Council considers whether to break-up with LAHSA, and Measure J is in trouble.

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