Tag Archives: Los Angeles

the bell tolls

“Our vibrations reach Japan today.” Spoken by Mineo Hoshi of the South Coast Interfaith Council in Los Angeles’s Little Tokyo on the moment of ringing the bell at Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, 2:46PM, PDT, in honor of what was lost in the Tsunami one year ago.

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library love

Anne Marie Ruff who recently published her first novel, Through These Veins, explores the question “if we had a cure for AIDS, would it ever make it to market?:” She spent a lot of time at the Los Angeles Central Library while writing and offers us this audio post-card to the Central Library. All profits from the sale of her book benefit Doctors Without Borders and the Ethiopian Institute for the Conservation of Biodiversity. Her commentary was originally published in the Downtown News. Anne Marie will be at Stories bookstore reading from her novel on Thursday, April 5th. Visit our website, Hearinthecity.org for details.

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the coyote show

Navajo legend holds that coyote placed the stars in the sky before humans walked the earth. Coyote was clever and vain and placed his own image before any of the other animals. Great Spirit condemned coyote to howl at the stars every night to punish him for his laziness and his dishonesty. On this episode of Hear in the City, we explore the relationship coyotes have with humans in urban spaces in today’s Southern California.

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deported

Before this week’s show, Hear in the City host Sara Harris will be presenting her work at the Center for Non-profit Management and talking about the ins-and-outs of independent radio/audio production. One of Sara’s all-time-favorite stories she’s worked on is this collaboration with Street Poet Jorge Nuñez. After growing up his whole life in Los Angeles, Jorge was deported to Tijuana, Mexico and tells this story about his experience. This piece was produced for Youth Radio and originally aired on All Things Considered.

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the magic lantern and surrealist women poets

This week’s Hear in the City offers you a sonic journey into translations between languages, media, and landscapes as we map an eclectic sampling of Mexican artists whose work is currently featured around Los Angeles.

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shades of blue ( #tcshortdocs)

Martha White interviewed her friend Jessica Chapin at Santa Monica’s Step Up on Second, a psychosocial rehabilitation and support program for people affected by severe and persistent mental illness. Jessica is a resident in the organization’s permanent supportive housing and Martha is a member in the supportive services programs. Martha and Jessica sat down to interview each other about what the program has helped them accomplish in life. Their interview was produced by Will Coley and Sara Harris in Los Angeles.

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the may day show

It’s our May Day show. Studs Terkel, Lenin’s Head by the Gao Brothers, Pete Seeger, The East is Red, and the connections between the immigrant rights movement and the 99%. From Los Angeles as the marches get underway. (photo credit, LA Times).

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birds, fish, and free lunch

We start this episode of Hear in the City at Los Angeles’ historic Echo Park Lake, the site of a $65 million water quality project that has temporarily displaced dozens of birds and turned the ponds of lotus flower into a giant construction site. From there, we follow the ducks and geese to their new home in Mac Arthur Park where we catch catfish in the middle of the city and finally find a free lunch at Langer’s Deli in honor of their 65th anniversary.

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unique little endeavors

This episode, Hear in the City runs into the only 24-hour, 7-day-a-week, animal rescue team of its kind…and, we sit in on a tiny puppet show of epic poetic proportions. SMART in Los Angeles and Automata in Chinatown.

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a house of gold


On this episode, we visit a humble house on a winding road in the hills of Los Angeles where a group of artists turn one family’s mortgage default and foreclosure story into a lens for looking at a larger problem. With “A Notorious Possession”, artist Olga Koumoundouros squats the abandoned house across the street, paints it gold, and holds economic justice parties. We wrap up the show with a tribute to Igor Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring”.

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