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How To LA
Stories about L.A., for L.A., by L.A.

About the Show

We’re here to help curious Angelenos connect with others, discover the new, navigate the confusing, and even drive some change along the way. Host Brian De Los Santos brings you stories about L.A., for L.A., by L.A. — with your help. Like you, we know this city is unique, and that’s why it’s one of the reasons we love it.

Support for this podcast is made possible by Gordon and Dona Crawford, who believe that quality journalism makes Los Angeles a better place to live. This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

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Episodes
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    How To Get Outside in LA
    On this podcast, we love to discover new places and things …and that includes checking out outdoor spaces in LA. We know how some of you love to hike and bike and just hang out in nature so we asked YOU to recommend your favorite spots to break away and enjoy the outdoors. We got some good suggestions, too. So on this day to #OptOutside, enjoy these fellow Angelenos' recs.
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  • How To LA logo (graphical text) with LAist Studios logo (graphical text) with 6th street bridge in the background; with red to orange vertical gradient as background color
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    Haven’t Voted Yet? These Young Angelenos Think You Should!
    Election Day is here! If there is any doubt about why you should go out and vote, we want you to listen to three people who not only vote but work hard to get their peers and other young folks engaged. Sure, they get jaded from time to time, but they are exercising their right and trying to make the change they want to see. Guests: Clara Castronovo, UCLA student involved in a campaign that registers students to vote; Irene Rivera, senior policy advocate & organizer for the ACLU's Youth Liberty squad; and Catherine Estrada, political science student at UCLA
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    How To Choose an LA County Judge
    The race for L.A. Superior Court Judge might seem a little low profile... But did you know it draws the MOST questions from LA voters every election season? These judges weigh in on all sorts of cases from speeding tickets to murder. In other words, they're pretty important. If you're feeling like you need a little more info – don't worry. We got your back. Guests: Simona Grossi, professor at Loyola Law School, specializing in California civil procedure; Jerry Abeles, attorney and chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Judicial Elections Evaluation Committee
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    LA Voter Guide + A Lighthouse Surprise
    November 8th – aka the last day to cast your ballot – is fast approaching. But don't worry, we've got answers to some voter FAQs to help get you ready. HTLA host Brian De Los Santos digs into LAist's Voter Game Plan, which has information on pretty much everything that's on the ballot in LA County and LA City. And stick around for a lighthouse walk on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Guests: Ariel Zirulnick, Senior Editor of Community Engagement; Lyn Watanabe, LA resident & longtime Palos Verdes devotee
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    The Matriarch of Día de los Muertos in LA
    One of the first things to know about Día de los Muertos is that is NOT the Mexican Halloween. Brian sits down with Ofelia Esparza to talk about the true significance of the tradition for some Angelenos. Esparza is kinda like LA's matriarch for Day of the Dead and is the go-to artist to build an ofrenda in this town -- the alter built to remember loved ones who had died. Guests: Ofelia Esparza, visual folk artist and teacher; Rossana Esparza Ahrens, artist and teacher
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    BONUS: Time 2 Get Spooky, LA!
    It's that time of year again so we just HAD to tell a few local ghost stories. We dug into the audio archives and found a few scary tales from L.A. that were once told to a colleague long ago... (ok, like 2018). These stories span the decades and take us from Kagel Canton to Koreatown to the L.A. Zoo. Oh, and you'll learn a little bit about the making of the Bradbury Building in Downtown LA. Enjoy!
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    The LAFC ARE Champs... The Fans Helped Them Get There
    NOTE: Since this podcast first aired, the Los Angeles Football Club, LAFC won the MLS Cup for the first time. ----------- ORIGINAL TEXT: The Los Angeles Football Club, LAFC, is inching closer to the MLS Cup. The team faces Austin FC on Sunday in the Conference Finals. Though the LAFC is the second soccer team in this city, and it has only been playing since 2018, it has a DEDICATED fan base. These folks aren't just about soccer but about creating community at every game. HTLA host Brian De Los Santos explores the spirit behind the LAFC supporters groups. Guests: Jimmy Lopez, founding member of the LAFC's Independent Supporters Union, the 3252. Now he’s Manager of Brand and Community for LAFC Julia Barajas, community engagement reporter, LAist
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    The Ripple Effects Of Antisemitism In LA
    Antisemitic incidents have been on the rise in Los Angeles and surrounding counties for the last few years. Now, the artist formerly known as Kanye West is amplifying the hate by spewing antisemitic and racist comments in interviews and on social media. It's not a new thing for him but its reached a crescendo in recent weeks and has had significant ripple effects right here in our city. HTLA producers Megan Botel and Evan Jacoby talk to Jewish community members about what is happening, how to make sense of it ...and how to move forward. Guests: Diane Winston, professor of media and religion at the University of Southern California; Rabbi Noah Farkas, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
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    How Much Power Does LA's City Council Really Have?
    The L.A. City Council has a LOT of power... But how do their decisions actually affect the lives of Angelenos? And how is it determined what areas of L.A. they control? HTLA host Brian De Los Santos is looking for answers. He speaks with Caitlin Hernández, a reporter for LAist who's been been following the City Council and the fallout from the leaked tape scandal. Also, don't forget -- there's an election happening. If you live in L.A. city, there are four council seats on the ballot. Guests: Caitlin Hernández, LA explained reporter for LAist José Del Rio, political consultant active in the 2021 redistricting process.
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