Home: Stories From L.a.

Synopsis

What do we mean when we talk about home? A podcast from Bill Barol.

Episodes

  • Goodbye (for now)

    Goodbye (for now)

    27/11/2017 Duration: 02min

    I started this podcast in the fall of 2015 with a notion to tell stories of the many ways people think about home. For 27 episodes, that’s what I’ve done. I don’t think that going in I ever conceived HOME as a project that would go on in perpetuity, and now, in the fall of […]

  • Episode 26: Going Tiny

    Episode 26: Going Tiny

    18/08/2017 Duration: 16min

    HGTV and glossy magazines have sparked a boomlet of interest in tiny homes, but they’ve also made them look fun, cute and easy. The realities of a tiny lifestyle can be more daunting. Municipalities often don’t know what to make of tiny houses, and living in one legally is, in many places, challenging. There’s a […]

  • Episode 25: Lost Heroes and Miniature Histories

    Episode 25: Lost Heroes and Miniature Histories

    02/08/2017 Duration: 20min

    “The best historians in L.A. are storytellers. They’re gangsters in east L.A., they’re ex-cons, they’re guys who worked in their garage their whole life, they’re guys who’ve worked at one business for forty years, people who’ve lived on one street for forty years… “ “All Night Menu” started with a question: What is a well-known […]

  • Episode 24: Life, Death, Ego and Eternity

    Episode 24: Life, Death, Ego and Eternity

    19/07/2017 Duration: 20min

    The original Forest Lawn Memorial Park, in the hills above Glendale, may be best known outside California for inspiring the sledgehammer satire of the 1965 cult comedy “The Loved One.” For tourists and curiosity-seekers, it’s the gonzo life’s work of Hubert Eaton, who memorialized himself as The Builder in the park’s every corner. For the families […]

  • Episode 23: The Last House On Mulholland

    Episode 23: The Last House On Mulholland

    05/07/2017 Duration: 27min

    How will we live in 20 years? Or 50? Or 100? A one-of-a-kind, only-in-LA plot at the very end of Mulholland Highway inspired some of the world’s best designers to think hard about the home of the future, in Los Angeles and beyond. MUSIC: “One More Time,” by Quincy Jones  Theme from “The Jetsons” “Hollywood […]

  • Update: Season 5 starts July 5

    Update: Season 5 starts July 5

    30/06/2017 Duration: 01min
  • Update: The Future of HOME

    Update: The Future of HOME

    25/02/2017 Duration: 06min

    Join me, won’t you, as I peel back the curtain on this podcast and kick around some thoughts about its future. (TL;DR: I’m slowing the production cycle a bit to make the project sustainable over the long haul. New season is coming this spring. Also, if you’re a social media wizard and would like to help […]

  • Update: New Season Coming

    Update: New Season Coming

    14/12/2016 Duration: 01min

    HOME is going on a between-seasons hiatus, but will return in the New Year. Sköl!

  • Episode 22: Kodachrome, Pt. 2

    Episode 22: Kodachrome, Pt. 2

    02/12/2016 Duration: 13min

    Who were we? How did we live, and what did it look like? The vast archive of castoff slides captures, in vivid colors, images of the American family at midcentury. But the stories that go with the pictures are most often lost, and we’re left to create our own, and reflect on millions of conscious decisions […]

  • Episode 21: Kodachrome, Pt. 1

    Episode 21: Kodachrome, Pt. 1

    17/11/2016 Duration: 20min

    Color slides were once the state of the art in family photography — vibrant, immersive, ubiquitous. So ubiquitous, in fact, that millions, maybe billions of them survive. This week it’s a conversation with midcentury pop culture expert Charles Phoenix: What can we learn from the vast shadow world of orphaned slides about the way we […]

  • Episode 20: Everything Must Go

    Episode 20: Everything Must Go

    03/11/2016 Duration: 17min

    Some stories don’t end when you think they do. Some stories just pause. And then they sneak back around and whap you across the back of your unsuspecting head. So here’s one I didn’t expect to revisit, although maybe I should have: Part 2 of Episode 7, “Unmaking A Home.” Music: “Driftwood,” by Podington Bear […]

  • Episode 19: Almost Utopia

    Episode 19: Almost Utopia

    19/10/2016 Duration: 21min

    What happens to a utopia that never got off the ground? Bits and pieces of one, an experiment in postwar living for the masses, are hiding in plain sight in the hills above Sunset Boulevard. Architect and author Cory Buckner talks about Crestwood Hills, a Modernist vision for a cooperative future that never quite arrived. MUSIC: “Melange,” by Podington Bear […]

  • Episode 18: Cooking With Mihrette

    Episode 18: Cooking With Mihrette

    31/08/2016 Duration: 20min

    What happens when you bring a kid from the other side of the world into your home forever? How does it change what home means to her? And to you? This week it’s the story of one mom, the daughter she chose, and the way they keep Ethiopia alive in the home that’s now theirs. […]

  • Episode 17: Dancers In The House

    Episode 17: Dancers In The House

    17/08/2016 Duration: 18min

    A roving, shifting company of dance and performance artists is nudging its audiences to think about home differently — by bringing one-off, site-specific performances to houses, live-work spaces and tiny apartments all over the Los Angeles area. Meet homeLA. Music by Podington Bear: “Tuxes” “Happy Transit” “Osprey” “By Grace” At top: Flora Wiegman, Swimming Laps, at the […]

  • Episode 16: TV Dreamland

    Episode 16: TV Dreamland

    03/08/2016 Duration: 19min

    When TV producer Phil Savenick started collecting vintage TVs and TV memorabilia, he didn’t anticipate that he’d end up with what he now calls a “dreamland of televisions” in the living room of his West Los Angeles home — or that he’d end up helping the family of the man who invented TV heal some […]

  • Episode 15: Belushi, Bette and Beverly Hills

    Episode 15: Belushi, Bette and Beverly Hills

    20/07/2016 Duration: 20min

    The process by which one place stops being home and another starts — it’s a mysterious thing. It happens, most often, when we’re not paying attention. And sometimes, as it did for comedy writer and transplanted East Coaster Janis Hirsch, it happens in stages. First she started to feel at home in Los Angeles; but […]

  • Episode 14: Rose, Mercedes and The Days Of The Dead

    Episode 14: Rose, Mercedes and The Days Of The Dead

    06/07/2016 Duration: 28min

    Actress/writer/artist Rose Portillo lives in the house she was born into, in the Silver Lake section of Los Angeles. It’s the annual scene of her legendary Day Of the Dead parties, and it was the setting for her family’s story of ascension, assimilation and culture clash — as well as the long, wary dance of […]

  • Episode 13: A Pod To Call Your Own

    Episode 13: A Pod To Call Your Own

    22/06/2016 Duration: 16min

    Not a hotel, not a dorm, not quite a hostel, open by design and communitarian in spirit  — Los Angeles-based PodShare is something else. And, potentially, something bigger: An affordable way to foster community in a city that’s increasingly stratified by class. This week, to start Season 3, it’s the story of one young entrepreneur […]

  • Updates: New Season June 22, and Opening It Up To The Room

    Updates: New Season June 22, and Opening It Up To The Room

    13/06/2016 Duration: 02min

    Here’s an audio update on the upcoming season. In extra bonus content — and let me stress that this is 100% free of cost to you, the home audience — I beg for your help! (That is, if you’re a social media or business development ninja.) Music: “Frosted Glass,” by Podington Bear

  • Episode 12: Home With A Side of Fries

    Episode 12: Home With A Side of Fries

    09/04/2016 Duration: 14min

    It looks like a Hopper painting plunked incongruously down on a busy commercial street in West Los Angeles — The Apple Pan, home to freshly-baked pies and what hamburger aficionado George Motz says may be the best burger in America. But the affection Angelenos have for The Apple Pan only starts with the food. It’s […]

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