Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Esotouric to launch LA history podcast

 Esotouric presents "You Can't Eat the Sunshine," a weekly Los Angeles
history-themed podcast.
WHEN: Podcast debuts January 21, 2013 with Episode One: "Hot Rods & Huell
GUESTS: Debut episode features legendary automotive engineer Gale Banks on
1950s hot rod and aerospace culture (http://www.bankspower.com/gbe) and
historian-educator Mike The Poet's (http://mikethepoetla.tumblr.com) tribute
to Huell Howser.
WHERE: Online at http://esotouric.com/canteatsunshine
RSS FEED: http://feeds.feedburner.com/esotouric/canteatsunshine
INFO: Email Kim at tours@esotouric.com or call 213-373-1947

LOS ANGELES- Esotouric, the offbeat bus adventure company that unearths
hidden lore of Los Angeles while celebrating the city's history and culture,
is pleased to announce the debut of "You Can't Eat The Sunshine," a weekly
podcast celebrating all the people, places and things that make Los Angeles
the most beguiling city in the world.

Hosted by proprietors Richard Schave and Kim Cooper, the podcast tracks down
fascinating Southern California characters for wide-ranging interviews that
reveal the myths, contradictions, inspirations and passions of the place
through the stories of the people who were there.

Each episode is framed by Richard and Kim's musings on recent L.A. history
and preservation news, discussion of timely posts on their 1947project time
travel blogs, and announcements of upcoming free and paid tours on the
Esotouric bus and at historic properties.

Episode One: "Hot Rods & Huell Howser" (January 21) features legendary
automotive engineer Gale Banks, builder of some of the world's fastest
vehicles, talking about his membership in 1950s hot rod car clubs, early
L.A. custom car shows, the influence of aerospace industry on auto
customization and high performance, and why girls dig the sound of a loud
engine. L.A. historian, writer and educator Mike The Poet shares touching
memories of growing up watching Huell Howser, and how for many years Huell's
TV show "California's Gold" was the only thing Mike and his father could
agree on. Co-host Kim Cooper highlights a recent blog post on the colorful
downtown L.A. businessman Maurice Zuckerman, who in the 1910s cornered the
West Coast potato market and earned his lifelong nickname, The Potato King.
Plus: an incredibly catchy theme song by The Ukulady, and the first in her
series of lively adaptations of  bizarre vintage magazine advertisements.

Upcoming podcasts will feature such fascinating guests and topics as:

€ DAVID KIPEN on bringing his bookshop and lending library Libros Schmibros
to Boyle Heights.
€ JERRY BLACKBURN of the Aerospace Legacy Foundation on Downey's importance
in the space race.
€ JEFF AND RICHARD WARD of E. Waldo Ward & Sons on their family's 122 years
of making marmalade in Sierra Madre.
€ Bunker Hill native GORDON PATTISON visits Heritage Square to hold in his
hand the surviving doorknob from his family's hilltop mansion, which was
lost in an arson fire in 1969.
€ Rosemead native and executive director of Savannah Memorial Park pioneer
cemetery DWAIN CARLO CRUM on the gems of the San Gabriel Valley.
€ Nightclub owner "BIG JOHN" MALJEVIC on the influence of organized crime on
1950s Hollywood nightlife.
€ Architectural historian NATHAN MARSAK on the development of downtown Los
€ Cal State Los Angeles Criminalistics PROFESSOR DONALD JOHNSON on curious
questions of forensic science, trace evidence and mortuary science.

Tune in to "You Can't Eat The Sunshine" each week as the Esotouric gang
share a secret and evolving history of Southern California that's sure to
surprise, delight and inspire.

Upcoming Esotouric bus tour and special event schedule (free events starred)
Sat January 26 - The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain's Southern California
Sat Feb 2 -  Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: Route 66 (weekend pass
Sun Feb 3 - Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: South LA (weekend pass
Sat Feb 16 - Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: The Lowdown on Downtown
Sat Feb 23 - Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: Boyle Heights & the San
Gabriel Valley
Sat March 2 - Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice
*Sat March 9 ­ Behind the Scenes tour of the Southwest Museum (info at
Sat March 16 - Pasadena Confidential crime bus tour (weekend pass available)
Sun March 17 - Eastside Babylon crime bus tour (weekend pass available)
Sat March 23 - Weird West Adams  crime bus tour
Sat April 6 - John Fante's Dreams from Bunker Hill (weekend pass available)
Sun April 7 - Charles Bukowski's LA (weekend pass available)
Sat April 13 - The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain's Southern California
Sat April 20 - SPECIAL EVENT: Crawling Down Cahuenga: Tom Waits' LA
Sun April 21 - Crime lab seminar: Insights in Criminal Investigation and the
Secret World of Street Gangs with Nick Guskos (info at lavatransforms.org)
Sat April 27 - The Real Black Dahlia
Sat May 4 - Blood & Dumplings crime bus tour
Sat May 18 -  Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles

For more info on Esotouric, visit http://www.esotouric.com

Esotouric's Richard Schave and Kim Cooper are proud members of LAVA - The
Los Angeles Visionaries Association. http://www.lavatransforms.org

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