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You Can’t Eat the Sunshine is the podcast of Esotouric, the offbeat Los Angeles company that turns the notion of guided bus tours on its ear. Each week, join Kim Cooper and Richard Schave on their Southern California adventures, as they visit with fascinating characters for wide-ranging interviews that reveal the myths, contradictions, inspirations and passions of the place. There’s never been a city quite like Los Angeles. Tune in if you’d like to find out why.
 
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Hall of Justice, Broadway & Temple. May 27. Photo by Kemal/StreetwiseLA https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/YCES-138.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! You Can’t Eat the Sunshine returns with an all-new Quarantine format, inviting folks who are passionate about Los Angeles history and historic preservation to join us for a conversation abou…
 
Judson Studios, Garvanza. https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/YCES-137.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! Welcome everyone, and thank you for listening to our podcast, You Can’t Eat The Sunshine, for the week of May 25th, 2020. We are on day 69 of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Safer At Home Directive. Our guest this week is Dave Judson, the 4th Gen…
 
https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/YCES-136.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! You Can’t Eat the Sunshine returns with an all-new Quarantine format, inviting folks who are passionate about Los Angeles history and historic preservation to join us for a conversation about the places that matter more than ever, as much of Los Angeles shelters…
 
Yucca Apts https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/YCES-135.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! You Can’t Eat the Sunshine returns with an all-new Quarantine format, inviting folks who are passionate about Los Angeles history and historic preservation to join us for a conversation about the places that matter more than ever, as much of Los Angel…
 
700 Block S Normandie https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/YCES-134.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! A note on the audio quality: this episode is a bit tinny, due to the learning curve on setting up multi-guest remote podcasting, and the present difficulty in quickly obtaining alternate mics and mixers. Please be patient with us. We’re wor…
 
https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/YCES-133.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! A note on the audio quality: this episode is a bit tinny, due to the learning curve on setting up multi-guest remote podcasting, and the present difficulty in quickly obtaining alternate mics and mixers. Please be patient with us. We’re working on it! You Can’t …
 
Triforium https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/yces-132.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! Join us this month as we visit with Gregg Sutter, who for 33 years was the researcher and assistant to writer Elmore Leonard, to learn about the motivations behind the new Esotouric bus adventure, Elmore Leonard in Hollywood. We’ll also talk with Jona …
 
Chinatown Central Plaza: Y. C. Hong Law Office (Webster & Wilson, 1939) https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/yces-131.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! Join us this month as we meet some of the interesting people working at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. We visit with Tsuha Roshi, an 86th gener…
 
https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/yces-130.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! Join us this month as we talk with Harry Chandler about his family’s newspaper empire and our upcoming Historic Cultural Monument hearing seeking to landmark the Los Angeles Times compound. We also visit with Carolyn Strickler, who was company historian and mana…
 
Atrium Pereira Times-Mirror HQ https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/yces-129.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! Join us this month as we talk with architect and historian Alan Hess about the ongoing Pereira in Peril campaign and our work together seeking to landmark Times Mirror Square, which from 1935 until just last month was headquarters …
 
The Prodigal (‘The Kingdom of Heaven is Within You’) Reginald Machell (1854-1927) Oil on two separate canvases, c. 1895 Hand-carved frame by the artist Reginald Machell placed the Hermetic axiom “The knowledge of IT is a divine silence, and the rest of ^ all the senses” centrally in his painting, “The Prodigal.” https://esotouric.com/wp-content/upl…
 
https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/yces-127.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! Join us this month as we talk with preservationist John Girodo about his struggles to preserve Hollywood’s historic built environment as that small neighborhood experiences hyper-gentrification. We’ll also visit with social justice advocate Adrian Riskin of Mich…
 
https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/yces-126.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! Join us this month as we get an education from two devoted parks interpreters: LuAnn Thompson shares her favorite things about the landscape and creatures found in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, and Andy Fitzpatrick introduces us to the Providence Mountains Sta…
 
https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/yces-1251.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! Join us this month as we talk with Donald Spivack, former Deputy Director of Policy & Operations for the CRA-LA, about the two biggest challenges facing Los Angeles: Homelessness and Open Space. We’ll also visit with Leonard Bernstein, second-generation proprie…
 
https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/yces-124.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! Join us this month as we talk with author Brad Schreiber about his book Revolution’s End: The Patty Hearst Kidnapping, Mind Control, and the Secret History of Donald DeFreeze and the SLA and the upcoming Esotouric bus tour inspired by his research. We’ll also vi…
 
Triforium by Joseph Young https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/yces-123.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! Join us this month for a special episode dedicated to the iconic Civic Center artworks created by Joseph Young (1919-2007), and the various ways that the City and County of Los Angeles are maintaining them. We talk with Clare Haggarty, …
 
6655 Alta Loma Terrace. 1923. Ray G. Smith, architect. https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/yces-122.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! Join us this month as we talk with Gordon Pattison, Bunker Hill native son, about the reopening of Angels Flight Railway and other ways in which his lost Victorian neighborhood survives. We’ll also visit wit…
 
Shows El Aliso (and by extension the Vignes property). Attributed to Henri Penelon https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/yces-121.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! Once Upon A Time in French-Speaking Los Angeles & Early Days of Angels Flight on Old Bunker Hill Join us this month as we talk with C.C. de Vere, creator of the Frenchtown Confide…
 
https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/yces-120.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! Join us this month for an episode dedicated to the vibrant, historic and soulful neighborhood of Boyle Heights, centered on the southeast corner of 4th Street and Camulos. We’ll talk with Yolanda Diaz, who recently purchased Ray & Roy’s Market, which was founded…
 
https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/yces119.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! Join us this month for an episode dedicated to Llano del Rio, the socialist cooperative experiment that hosted its final May Day celebrations in the Antelope Valley one hundred years ago this month. Our guests are historian Paul Greenstein & artist-archivist Kary…
 
https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/yces-118.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! Join us this month as we talk with preservationist Steve Luftman about his efforts to save Kurt Meyer’s Lytton Savings, a mid-century landmark threatened with demolition because it sits on the land where Frank Gehry hopes to build a huge mixed use development. W…
 
https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/yces-117.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! Join us as we go deep inside master architect Paul R. Williams’ SeaView tract home development in Rancho Palos Verdes, as architect and historian Alan Hess and resident-historians Price Morgan & Larry Paul share insights into the tract’s development and style, t…
 
Aaron Green’s Anderson Residence in Palos Verdes Listen to Episode #116! https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/yces-116.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! And we’re back from hiatus! Join us this month as Alan Hess, architect and architectural historian, walks us through his Palos Verdes Art Center exhibition on Aaron G. Green’s mid-century m…
 
Alex In Wonderland (1970) – Hollywood Blvd w/ Jeanne Moreau Listen to Episode #115! https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/yces-1151.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! Join us this month as we talk with acclaimed Hollywood historian and preservationist, the recently deceased Bob Birchard, about his golden youth spent treasure hunting in Hollyw…
 
Listen to Episode #114! https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/podcastaug8mastered.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! Join us this month as we talk with Jonathan Shaw, influential tattoo artist and novelist, as he shares his current projects, including the new exhibition and book documenting a century of tattoo flash art rescued from old schoo…
 
Listen to Episode #112! https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/yces-112.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! Join us as talk with Michael Weinstein, President and co-founder of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, about his work in helping to establish the Chris Brownlie AIDS Hospice at Barlow Sanitarium in Elysian Park, the first such hospice in Los Ang…
 
Verifax Collage by Wallace Berman Listen to Episode #111! https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/yces-111.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! Join us this time for a special episode dedicated to the influential Los Angeles artist Wallace Berman (1926-1976). Our guests are Hollywood gallerist Michael Kohn, who walks us through the retrospective …
 
Listen to Episode #109! https://esotouric.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/yces-109.mp3 Download Podcast Episode! Join us this week as we talk with Roger E. “Waldo” Kislingbury, Pasadena impresario and Old West aficionado, about his new book, “American Saloons: Pre-Prohibition Photographs.” We’ll also talk with Gail Phinney, Education Director at the…
 
Join us this week as we talk with Patricia Diefenderfer, Senior City Planner with the City of Los Angeles, about the new HI Ordinance (Hybrid Industrial Live/Work Zone), and with Peter Lynn, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, about the programs which exist and resources which are allocated through his office. This we…
 
Join us this week as we talk with 99-year-old Margaret Freed about her adventures running the legendary gift shop at Barlow Respiratory Hospital in Elysian Park. We’ll also visit with Elisha Shapiro, L.A.‘s very own Nihilist performance artist. This week we’ll also discuss ongoing Ellis Act protests at Hollywood’s historic Villa Carlotta apartments…
 
Join us this week as we talk with Brian Kite, managing partner at SRK Architects, about his 1994 restoration of the Spanish Colonial Revival masterpiece, Monterey Park’s tile-drenched El Encanto. We’ll also speak with Miriam and Victoria Caldwell about their mother, Vilma, the El Monte girl whose 1950s youth was lived out on the razor’s edge, balan…
 
Join us this week as we talk with Romy Wyllie, co-founder and director of the Caltech Architectural Tour Service (CATS), and with docent Kenon Breazeale of Los Angeles Public Library, about the enduring legacy of the East Coast architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue on both of these institutions. We’ll also discuss concerns about high decibel damage t…
 
Join us this week as we talk with George Redfox, president of the Downey Conservancy, about the white-knuckle preservation saga of Downey’s legendary Harvey’s Broiler, a core site in Southern California’s cruising culture, illegally demolished and rebuilt to original plans as a Bob’s Big Boy. We’ll also visit with Ken Pratt, Director of Union Stati…
 
Join us this week as we talk with Joan Jobe Smith about her new memoir, Tales of an Ancient Go-Go Girl, and about bikers, bars, Charles Bukowski, and her loving father, Avner. We’ll also visit with filmmaker Alina Skrzeszewska to learn about her current project, Game Girls, a documentary about the female experience in Skid Row, a place of tremendou…
 
Join us this week as we talk with Ansley Davies, Associate Curator for the Los Angeles County Department of Parks \& Recreation about the otherworldly Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park off Highway 14. We’ll also visit with Interpreter Jean Ryne of the California State Parks System to get the skinny on the effect of the recent heat wave on the spring …
 
Join us this week as we talk with architect Wade Killefer, partner at Killifer Flammang, about the firm’s recent renovation of the 19th century Pershing Hotel at the corner of 5th and Main. We’ll also visit with Donald Spivack, former Deputy Chief of Policy and Operations for the CRA/Los Angeles, about working with Wade to preserve and maintain the…
 
Join us this week as we talk with realtor Jack Nendel, President of Friends of The Historic Lafayette, about that former hotel in downtown Long Beach. We’ll also visit with Brian Kaiser, Southern California’s tile expert, as he recounts the rescue, restoration and prominent exterior placement of the massive tile mural of an Egyptian desert scene wh…
 
Join us this week as we talk with Downey historian George Redfox about one of his city’s gems, the oldest surviving “golden arches” style McDonald’s drive-in restaurant. We’ll also talk with artist Kim Stringfellow about “After the Aqueduct,” a multimedia group exhibition at LACE exploring Southern California’s growth, the Owens Valley, the Los Ang…
 
Join us this week as we talk with George Redfox, President of the Downey Conservancy, about the grassroots campaign to save the original Taco Bell restaurant building in Downey. We’ll also visit with curators Christina Rice and Wendy Horowitz to learn about their LAPL Central Library exhibit “From Pop to the Pit: LAPL Photo Collection Celebrates th…
 
Join us this week as we talk with Bill Martinet, a retired employee of the Sunkist corporation, about the year he spent working in the gorgeous, now-demolished Sunkist Building (1935) opposite L.A.‘s Central Library. We’ll also visit with Donald Spivack, former Deputy Chief of Operations and Policy at the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency,…
 
Our focus this week is on the Trails, a legendary Western-themed Route 66 roadhouse that operated in Duarte, California from 1952-2001. We talk with Duarte City Planner Jason Golding, who shares colorful memories of his first job, as a Trails busboy. We also visit with Larry Moon, co-owner of Pasadena’s Di-No Computers, founded by his father-in-law…
 
Join us this week as we talk with Ansley Davies, Associate Curator in Planning and Development for the County of Los Angeles’ Department of Parks and Recreation, about the extraordinary collection of architectural features at East L.A.‘s City Terrace Park, including a Mid-Century Modern “Hypar” sports shell and relics of downtown’s Richardsonian Ro…
 
Join us this week as we talk with Donald Spivack, former Deputy Chief of Operations and Policy for the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles, about Bunker Hill’s Grand Avenue and its multiple reinventions over the past four decades. We’ll also visit with Jon Christensen, editor of Boom, a Journal of California, to learn about the motivation…
 
Join us this week as we talk with Myllie Taylor, longtime La Mirada resident and historian, about Bill Neff, whose sale of his grandfather’s 2,000+ acre citrus and olive farms in the early 1950s led to the community’s development. We’ll also visit with Claudia Heller, President of the Duarte Historical Society, to hear about the legendary Trails Re…
 
Join us this week as Louise Ivers, Long Beach architectural historian and preservationist, pays last respects to a pair of Mid-Century Modern Long Beach municipal structures facing imminent demolition: the Port of Long Beach Administration Building and the County Court House. Along for the trip is Brain Kaiser, Southern California’s tile expert, wh…
 
Join us this week as we visit with Louise Ivers, Long Beach architectural historian and preservationist, for an overview of that city’s rich and quickly disappearing architectural legacy. We’ll also talk with writer Steffie Nelson about the people and ideas that have helped shape her concept of “Cosmic Los Angeles.” We’ll also discuss Kim’s discove…
 
Join us this week as we visit with amateur historian Dennis Harbach, who has recently completed the herculean project of identifying almost all the names inscribed in the guestbook at Charles Fletcher Lummis’ historic Highland Park home, El Alisal. We’ll also talk with Jeremiah Alexrod, professor of history at Occidental College, and author of “Inv…
 
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