Welcome to LA

Welcome to LA


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.


Nikola and Fritz

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 horse drawn carriage tearing across the high plains of Colorado and that his passenger would be the famous movie star Ethan Hawke, the whole idea of being in a movie just seemed unlikely. This was the dream of millions of people who have made their way to L.A. It’s become a cliche, all those starry eyed dreamers flocking to California with a singular vision of becoming a movie star. And here was this offer sitting in his lap. All he had to do was say yes.  This is the story of David Weinberg’s acting gig on the movie “Tesla” — and the story of Nikola Tesla himself, an inventor who changed the world but who spent his life watching rivals steal his ideas to reap great fortunes.
08/07/2049m 11s

Welcome To Richard’s Famous LA Food Podcast

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 that Wolfgang Puck in the backseat?
01/07/2033m 11s

Friday Night: The Kingdom of Time

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 — the night is yours. Here is an ode, a time capsule, to everyone's favorite night of the week.
24/06/2057m 5s

What’s Ours

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 roll. 
17/06/2035m 1s

A Quick Message

‘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.
10/06/202m 41s

Deep Time: The Strange Life of an LA Googie

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 they will pull it off. Maybe they will save us all.
03/06/2029m 52s

Buffalo Soldiers

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 Stuntmen’s Association. 
27/05/2024m 49s

The Best of All Possible Worlds: A Prologue

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. 
20/05/201h 7m

Welcome Back to LA

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.
13/05/203m 35s

Listen to Lost Notes

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 more Welcome to LA.
28/05/1936m 50s

Pan's plans

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 was off to a promising start. But then Trevor made a decision that, from the outside, seemed completely insane. 
03/07/1847m 27s

The Recruiter

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 McDonald. Then he got the help of a few good men from the U.S. Marine Corps.
26/06/1854m 7s

Grace of the Sea

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 finding beauty in dark places, he tells his story of surviving as a gay undocumented immigrant in Los Angeles.
19/06/1839m 19s

The Case of the Missing Sprinkles

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. 
12/06/1828m 3s

Bilal’s Calling

Tyreek Bilal has gone through many transformations in his life. He’s been barber for powerful celebrities, a husband to six wives, a celibate religious scholar. Now he's taking a stand against changes at his neighborhood mosque.
05/06/1832m 55s

The Grifter

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.
29/05/1831m 42s

The Paradise Motel

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 but Los Angeles sucked him back in. We find Gage in a new role at the Paradise Motel on Sunset Boulevard.
22/05/1827m 55s


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 by boat police.
22/05/1828m 33s

Welcome to LA Trailer

Drifters and dreamers in the great American mirage.
20/05/184m 33s
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