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LA Made: The Barbie Tapes
LA Made: The Barbie Tapes
LAist Studios

“LA Made” is a series exploring stories of bold Californian innovators and how they forever changed the lives of millions all over... more

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Episodes

HTLA Presents: How Not To Be Lonely: Part 7 - Looking For Community? Go Find Your 'Church'

Part 7: Looking For Community? Go Find Your 'Church'  How To LA is back with our series on How NOT To... more

26 May 2024 · 25 minutes
Imperfect Paradise: The Gen Z Water Dealmaker: Bonus

LAist Correspondent Emily Guerin gives us insights into the making of The Gen Z Water Dealmaker series. In this bonus episode,... more

25 May 2024 · 37 minutes
HTLA Presents: Revival House: Part 9 - American Cinematheque's Year-Round Film Fest

Revival House says goodbye for now with a look at one of the biggest programming groups in town, the American... more

23 May 2024 · 20 minutes
Imperfect Paradise: The Gen Z Water Dealmaker Part 4

Host Antonia Cereijido speaks with negotiations expert Victoria Medvec about how to make the best possible deal. Medvec also helps... more

22 May 2024 · 24 minutes
Imperfect Paradise: The Gen Z Water Dealmaker Part 3

JB Hamby and the other lead negotiators on the Colorado River have to come up with a long term solution... more

15 May 2024 · 41 minutes
HTLA Presents: How Not To Be Lonely: Part 6 - Connect To Yourself — And Others — Through Dance

Part 6: Connect To Yourself — And Others — Through Dance  We're back with another episode in our How Not To... more

11 May 2024 · 17 minutes
HTLA Presents: Revival House: Part 8 - Movies Under — And Among —  The Stars At Hollywood Forever

Go back to the movies with us! It's heating up in the city, so Revival House continues with a classic of... more

10 May 2024 · 19 minutes
NPR & LAist Studios present 'Inheriting'

Japanese American Incarceration. The Third World Liberation Front. The 1992 Los Angeles Uprising. What you think you know isn’t always... more

09 May 2024 · 3 minutes
Imperfect Paradise: The Gen Z Water Dealmaker: Part 2

JB Hamby is the dealmaker from California, and at 28 years old, he’s the youngest and least experienced among the... more

08 May 2024 · 33 minutes
Imperfect Paradise: The Gen Z Water Dealmaker: Part 1

The Colorado River is in the midst of one of the worst water crises in recorded history. Climate change and... more

01 May 2024 · 41 minutes
NPR Host Tonya Mosley on ‘She Has A Name,’ Reporting Her Family’s Own True Crime

She Has A Name is set against the backdrop of the drug epidemic in 1980s Detroit. The new podcast hosted... more

24 Apr 2024 · 54 minutes
Imperfect Paradise presents The Forgotten Revolutionary Redux: Part 8

Part 8: Adolfo finds new information about the night Oscar died, and has to have a difficult conversation about what really... more

17 Apr 2024 · 43 minutes
Imperfect Paradise presents The Forgotten Revolutionary Redux: Part 7

Part 7:  Adolfo learns about the dangers of Santa Barbara’s bluffs and gets a second opinion on Oscar’s death report.  CONTENT WARNING:... more

17 Apr 2024 · 38 minutes
HTLA presents: Revival House: Part 7 - The Long Road From Silent Films to Brain Dead Studios

Go back to the movies with us! We're still profiling LA's repertory theaters in Revival House cause there are SO MANY... more

11 Apr 2024 · 17 minutes
Imperfect Paradise presents The Forgotten Revolutionary Redux: Part 6

Part 6: Adolfo reckons with his own relationship to his past and the Chicano student movement. And he finds someone who... more

10 Apr 2024 · 33 minutes
Imperfect Paradise presents The Forgotten Revolutionary Redux: Part 5

Part 5: Was Oscar going to leave the Chicano student movement? Adolfo discovers new information about Oscar’s last months.    Grow your business–no... more

10 Apr 2024 · 45 minutes
HTLA presents: Revival House: Part 6 - The Academy Museum's Sister Cinemas

We're back with another episode of Revival House, but this time we're not heading to a 100 year old theater... The... more

04 Apr 2024 · 16 minutes
Imperfect Paradise presents The Forgotten Revolutionary Redux: Part 4

Part 4: Adolfo finds a briefcase with information that could lead to clues about Oscar’s death.    Grow your business–no matter what stage... more

03 Apr 2024 · 37 minutes
Imperfect Paradise presents The Forgotten Revolutionary Redux: Part 3

Part 3: Adolfo gets his first lead on a person possibly involved in Oscar’s death.   Grow your business–no matter what stage you’re... more

03 Apr 2024 · 37 minutes
HTLA Presents: How Not To Be Lonely: Part 5 - Feeling Lonely? Get Moving, Make Some Friends

In our next installment of our series on How Not To Be Lonely in LA, we’re covering all the ways... more

30 Mar 2024 · 19 minutes
HTLA Presents: Revival House: Part 5 - The Highland Theatre says Goodbye

Revival House is breaking format for this episode, and we’re saying goodbye to a historic first-run movie theater.   The Highland Theatre... more

28 Mar 2024 · 11 minutes
Imperfect Paradise presents The Forgotten Revolutionary Redux: Part 2

Part 2: Adolfo learns that there was a dark side to Oscar’s experience in the Chicano student movement.  Grow your business–no matter... more

27 Mar 2024 · 46 minutes
Imperfect Paradise presents The Forgotten Revolutionary Redux: Part 1

Imperfect Paradise: The Forgotten Revolutionary, the 2022 podcast from LAist Studios, has been optioned by Participant and is simultaneously being... more

27 Mar 2024 · 32 minutes
HTLA Presents: Revival House: Part 4 - The Gardena Cinema's Fight to Stay Open

As we continue our series "Revival House," How To LA producer Victoria Alejandro is taking us to the South Bay... more

21 Mar 2024 · 23 minutes
Imperfect Paradise presents LAist Investigates: The Unknown Mandate - Accessing Medication Abortion at California Universities

Imperfect Paradise host Antonia Cereijido is joined by LAist Senior Health Reporter Jackie Fortier and Higher Education Correspondent Adolfo Guzman-Lopez... more

20 Mar 2024 · 34 minutes
HTLA Presents: How Not To Be Lonely: Part 4 - Why Are Men So Lonely These Days?

Part 4: Why Are Men So Lonely These Days? For the next installment of our series on How to Not Be... more

16 Mar 2024 · 24 minutes
HTLA Presents: Revival House: Part 3 - Vidiots Brings 60,000 DVDs and a New Theater to a Historic Space

Neon! Mullets! Video stores! Relive the 80s with us... As we continue our series "Revival House," How to LA producer Victoria... more

14 Mar 2024 · 23 minutes
Imperfect Paradise: Strippers Union: Part 4

Part 4: Half a year after Star Garden reopens as a union club, the dancers are still negotiating a contract.... more

13 Mar 2024 · 34 minutes
HTLA Presents: How Not To Be Lonely: Part 3 - Building A Music Community To Feel Less Alone

Part 3: Building A Music Community To Feel Less Alone For the next installment of our finding community series, we're talking... more

09 Mar 2024 · 26 minutes
HTLA Presents: Revival House: Part 2 - The New Beverly Cinema, Always On Film

As we continue our series "Revival House," How to LA producer Victoria Alejandro is taking us to The New Beverly... more

07 Mar 2024 · 17 minutes
Imperfect Paradise: Strippers Union: Part 3

Part 3: The Star Garden Topless Dive Bar reopens as a union strip club, but the fight doesn’t end there.... more

06 Mar 2024 · 46 minutes
HTLA Presents: Revival House: Part 1 - The Nuart Theater

How To LA is kicking off a new 10-part series we’re calling Revival House.  We are going to take you... more

29 Feb 2024 · 19 minutes
Imperfect Paradise: Strippers Union: Part 2

Part 2: When the Star Garden strippers go public with their union campaign, they get pushback from the club’s management... more

28 Feb 2024 · 43 minutes
HTLA Presents: How Not To Be Lonely: LA Can Be Lonely AF - Reframing An 'Epidemic'

From LAist Studios, How to LA producer Megan Botel explores how people are dealing with feelings of loneliness – which... more

24 Feb 2024 · 32 minutes
Imperfect Paradise: Strippers Union: Part 1

Part 1: In 2023, North Hollywood’s Star Garden reopened as the only unionized strip club in the U.S. LAist Producer... more

21 Feb 2024 · 42 minutes
Imperfect Paradise presents: Imperfect Inquiry: Have Identity Politics Been Hijacked?

Imperfect Paradise Host Antonia Cereijido speaks with philosopher and author of Elite Capture: How The Powerful Took over Identity Politics (And... more

14 Feb 2024 · 29 minutes
RFK Jr. - The Presidential Candidate for Wellness Conspiracists?

Imperfect Paradise: Yoga's "Queen of Conspiracies": Part 4: RFK Jr. - The Presidential Candidate for Wellness Conspiracists?A year after Yoga’s... more

07 Feb 2024 · 37 minutes
Imperfect Paradise: Yoga's "Queen of Conspiracy Theories": Part 3 REDUX

Part 3: Kundalini Yoga’s #MeToo MomentIn early 2020, just as fears about coronavirus are worsening, women begin accusing the founder... more

31 Jan 2024 · 34 minutes
Imperfect Paradise: Yoga's "Queen of Conspiracy Theories": Part 2 REDUX

Part 2: Kundalini RoyaltyKatie Griggs, a young woman from rural Maryland, discovers Kundalini yoga in her early 20s and goes... more

24 Jan 2024 · 35 minutes
Imperfect Paradise: Yoga's "Queen of Conspiracy Theories": Part 1 REDUX

Before her sudden death in 2021, Guru Jagat had become a famous Kundalini yoga teacher based in Los Angeles. But... more

17 Jan 2024 · 33 minutes
Imperfect Paradise presents HTLA: Volunteers Take On The Homelessness Crisis: Part 3 & 4

This week, Imperfect Paradise is featuring Part 3 & Part 4 of a four-part series from How To LA.  HTLA host... more

03 Jan 2024 · 50 minutes
Imperfect Paradise presents HTLA: Volunteers Take On The Homelessness Crisis: Part 1 & 2

This week, Imperfect Paradise is featuring Part 1 & Part 2 of a four-part series from How To LA.  Unsheltered life... more

27 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
LAist Studios presents Imperfect Paradise: The Castle: Part 4

Part 4: What’s the history behind the on and off-stage gender dynamics in Western magic? And what impact did the... more

20 Dec 2023 · 28 minutes
LAist Studios presents Imperfect Paradise: The Castle: Part 3

Part 3:  Carly Usdin is at risk of getting kicked out of the Magic Castle. Plus, after 2020, the Magic... more

13 Dec 2023 · 38 minutes
LAist Studios presents Imperfect Paradise: The Castle: Part 2

Part 2: Once inside the iconic members-only Magic Castle, queer hobbyist magician Carly Usdin starts to become disillusioned with the... more

06 Dec 2023 · 34 minutes
LAist Studios presents Imperfect Paradise: The Castle: Part 1

Part 1: When Carly Usdin moved to Los Angeles, they became obsessed with getting inside its iconic members-only club for... more

29 Nov 2023 · 28 minutes
Imperfect Paradise presents LAist Investigates: The Truth Inside California's Nursing Homes

Imperfect Paradise host Antonia Cereijido is joined by LAist reporter Elly Yu for a special single episode of LAist Investigates,... more

22 Nov 2023 · 25 minutes
LAist Studios presents: Imperfect Paradise: People vs. Karen: Part 4

Part 4: LAist Correspondent Emily Guerin and Imperfect Paradise host Antonia Cereijido explore how and why Sadie and Eddie Martinez’s... more

15 Nov 2023 · 20 minutes
LAist Studios presents: Imperfect Paradise: People vs. Karen: Part 3

Part 3:  The white woman who falsely accused a Latino couple of attempting to kidnap her kids faces an investigation... more

08 Nov 2023 · 42 minutes
LAist Studios Presents Imperfect Paradise: People vs. Karen: Part 2

Part 2: When a Latino couple, Sadie and Eddie Martinez, is falsely accused by a white woman of attempted kidnapping,... more

30 Oct 2023 · 28 minutes
LAist Studios Presents: Imperfect Paradise: People vs. Karen: Part 1

Part 1: Sadie and Eddie Martinez, a Latino couple, were falsely accused of attempted kidnapping by a white mom-fluencer in... more

24 Oct 2023 · 34 minutes
LAist Studios Presents: Imperfect Paradise: Nury & The Secret Tapes: Part 4

In the year since the L.A. City Council tape scandal, a lot has changed. Efforts are underway to reform the redistricting... more

23 Oct 2023 · 35 minutes
LAist Studios Presents: Imperfect Paradise: Nury & The Secret Tapes: Part 3

Host Antonia Cereijido presses former L.A. City Council President Nury Martinez to account for the racist, hurtful comments she made... more

16 Oct 2023 · 52 minutes
LAist Studios presents: Imperfect Paradise: Nury & The Secret Tapes: Part 2

Before the L.A. City Council tape scandal, Nury Martinez, the former council president, was known as a champion of working... more

09 Oct 2023 · 45 minutes
LAist Studios presents Imperfect Paradise: Nury & The Secret Tapes: Part 1

We take you behind the scenes of the L.A. City Council tape scandal, a year later. The secret recordings of... more

27 Sep 2023 · 40 minutes
Introducing Imperfect Paradise: Nury & The Secret Tapes from LAist Studios

“Imperfect Paradise: Nury & The Secret Tapes” tells the story of the biggest political scandal in recent Los Angeles history.... more

20 Sep 2023 · 3 minutes
From LAist Studios: Imperfect Paradise Returning Sept. 27, 2023

We are excited to announce LAist Studios' award-winning narrative podcast "Imperfect Paradise" relaunches in September as a weekly show with... more

22 Aug 2023 · 3 minutes
Special Feature: The Making of Black Barbie from WNYC Studios

Until 1980, Barbie was always white. Mattel had made Black dolls before, but they were sidekicks to the brand’s main... more

03 Aug 2023 · 23 minutes
The Barbie Tapes: When Girls--and Barbie--Could Do Anything

In this episode, Ruth and Elliot Handler are gone, and the new Mattel team, led by a man who feared... more

20 Jul 2023 · 32 minutes
The Barbie Tapes: Battle of the Bulge

For Barbie, the cultural upheaval of the 60s and 70s incites one identity crisis after another as Mattel tries to... more

13 Jul 2023 · 32 minutes
The Barbie Tapes: A Toy is Born

When Barbie arrives on the toy scene in 1959, her celebrity is instantaneous, and not just because of her controversial... more

06 Jul 2023 · 30 minutes
Introducing LA Made: The Barbie Tapes from LAist Studios

Season 2 of “LA Made” tells the true story of the making and marketing of the most famous doll in... more

04 Jul 2023 · 1 minute
Special Feature: Pomona's Victor Glover Will Pilot NASA's 2024 Moon Mission

It's been more than 50 years since an American has set foot on the moon, or even gotten close to... more

08 Apr 2023 · 11 minutes
Blood, Sweat & Rockets: Flights of Fancy in Southern California (Bonus Episode)

What is it about gazing at the stars that inspires humans — including our very own Suicide Squad — to... more

14 Mar 2023 · 25 minutes
Blood, Sweat & Rockets: Inside JPL (Bonus Episode)

We go inside the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and get a tour that’s not available to the public: watching technicians build... more

07 Mar 2023 · 23 minutes
Blood, Sweat & Rockets: The Legacy of Frank Malina

Frank Malina’s legacy has often been eclipsed by flashier figures in American aerospace (like Jack Parsons and Werner Von Braun).... more

28 Feb 2023 · 22 minutes
Blood, Sweat & Rockets: The Explosive Demise of Jack Parsons

When Jack Parsons dies in an explosion, conspiracy theories foment. Was it murder by a disgruntled ex-cop? Assassination by the... more

21 Feb 2023 · 27 minutes
Blood, Sweat & Rockets: Operation Paperclip

After WWII, the U.S. hired and promoted Nazi aerospace engineers in a program called Operation Paperclip — yet it drove... more

14 Feb 2023 · 30 minutes
Blood, Sweat & Rockets: The Curse of Tsien

While Frank Malina escaped the worst of the FBI's treatment, Suicide Squad member Tsien Hsue-Shen was not so lucky. This... more

07 Feb 2023 · 28 minutes
Blood, Sweat & Rockets: Lucky Break

Malina leaves behind military work and brings his idealism to a new life and a new organization: UNESCO, in Paris.... more

31 Jan 2023 · 25 minutes
LA Made: The Barbie Tapes
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Season 2 of “LA Made” tells the true story of the making and marketing of the most famous doll in the world,... more