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Imperfect Paradise
Stories of the Reality Behind the Dream

About The Show

Imperfect Paradise is a longform narrative podcast showcasing California stories with universal significance. Each of our stories takes on something essential about California -- its progressiveness, its reputation as a home for dreamers and schemers, its heartbreaking inequality, its varied and diverse communities, its unique combination of dense cities and wild places -- and each season breaks it down into multiple 20-40 minute episodes that will be released sequentially. The stories will be reported by the KPCC/LAist newsroom and contributors (journalists, storytellers) from around the state.

This LAist Studios podcast is sponsored by BetterHelp and our listeners get 10% off their first month of online therapy at BetterHelp.com/LAist

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.

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Seasons
Season 1
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    Episode 3
    30:15
    Home is Life: Episode 3
    David attempts to rally his supporters, some of whom find themselves conflicted. This LAist Studios podcast is sponsored by BetterHelp and our listeners get 10% off their first month of online therapy at BetterHelp.com/LAistThis program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.
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    Episode 2
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    Home is Life: Episode 2
    A tour of similar housing projects goes off the rails, and ends up doing more harm than good to David’s cause. Visit Talkspace.com and get $100 off your first month when you use promo code imperfect at sign-up. Go to HelloFresh.com/imperfect16 and use code imperfect16 for up to 16 free meals AND 3 free gifts! This LAist Studios podcast is sponsored by BetterHelp and our listeners get 10% off their first month of online therapy at BetterHelp.com/LAistSupport 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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    Episode 1
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    Home is Life: Episode 1
    David Gillanders wants to build housing for people experiencing homelessness in Orange County. When his idea hits more opposition than expected, city officials send him out to try to win over the neighborhood. This LAist Studios podcast is sponsored by BetterHelp and our listeners get 10% off their first month of online therapy at BetterHelp.com/LAist 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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    Introducing Imperfect Paradise: Stories of the Reality Behind the Dream
    Imperfect Paradise, produced by LAist Studios, is a longform narrative podcast showcasing California stories with universal significance. Each of our stories takes on something essential about California – its progressiveness, its reputation as a home for dreamers and schemers, its heartbreaking inequality, its varied and diverse communities, its unique combination of dense cities and wild places – and breaks it down into three, 20-30 minute episodes that will be released occasionally. This LAist Studios podcast is sponsored by BetterHelp and our listeners get 10% off their first month of online therapy at BetterHelp.com/LAistThis program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.
Credits
Senior Producer
Contributing Editor
Contributing Editor
Executive Producer
Executive Editor
Managing Editor
Audio Production Engineer
Season 2
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    45:30
    Episode 2
    45:30
    The Forgotten Revolutionary - Part 2
    Adolfo learns that there was a dark side to Oscar’s experience in the Chicano student movement. The Forgotten Revolutionary is sponsored by BetterHelp and our listeners get 10% off their first month of online therapy at BetterHelp.com/imperfect 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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    Episode 1
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    The Forgotten Revolutionary - Part 1
    Oscar Gomez was a star of the 1990s Chicano student movement and then, unexpectedly, he died. A rattling event in host Adolfo Guzman-Lopez’s life spurs him to investigate Oscar’s death. The Forgotten Revolutionary is sponsored by BetterHelp and our listeners get 10% off their first month of online therapy at BetterHelp.com/imperfect 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.
Show your support for this podcast today!
LAist Studios relies on your listener support to power the podcasts you love. Your donation today enables us to create more great podcasts for you.
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    Introducing Season 2: Imperfect Paradise - The Forgotten Revolutionary
    In the early 1990’s, hateful anti-immigrant political rhetoric roused California’s Chicano student rights movement, and college student and radio host Oscar Gomez was one of its most prominent voices. Some thought he was going to be the next Cesar Chavez. But on November 17, 1994, Oscar was mysteriously found dead on the Santa Barbara shore. Imperfect Paradise: The Forgotten Revolutionaryfollows host and reporter Adolfo Guzman-Lopez as he investigates Oscar’s death and revisits his own past and ties to the Chicano movement. The Forgotten Revolutionary is sponsored by BetterHelp and our listeners get 10% off their first month of online therapy at BetterHelp.com/imperfect 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.
Credits
Host & Correspondent
Lead Producer
Associate Producer
Associate Producer
Audio Production Engineer