Episode 11: Lynell George ’84
August 1, 2019
Los Angeles is a rare city with a significance in America that is equally powerful as both myth and reality. Writer Lynell George ’84, who is native to this place, has spent years exploring L.A. and its meaning. Here she talks about the inspiration and unease she finds by sinking roots in L.A.’s ever-changing landscape.
Episode 10: Richard Fox
June 17, 2019
With 23 candidates, the Democrats’ presidential primary process looks like a dinner party with too many guests. Richard Fox, LMU professor of political science who specializes in U.S. elections, discusses the fight for money, contenders’ motivations and how President Trump may try to intervene in the dynamics of the race.
Episode 9: Evelyn McDonnell
November 13, 2018
Without women, the sound and substance of today’s rock and pop music would be unimaginable. Evelyn McDonnell, director of the LMU journalism program and editor of “Women Who Rock,” discusses female artists who have confronted and overcome glass ceilings, limited air play and musical prejudice while shaping America’s musical heritage.
Episode 8: Justin Levitt
November 1, 2018
Gerrymandering, it has been said, creates elections in which politicians choose their voters instead of voters choosing their representatives. Justin Levitt, a constitutional law expert at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, tracks gerrymandering around the country. He explains a tried-and-true method of influencing elections and the possibilities for limiting it.
Episode 7: Carlos Soto ’16
September 24, 2018
Carlos Soto ’16 started his tequila company, Nosotros, as an undergraduate. Since then, he’s mastered everything from recipe to production, bottling, international sales and delivery. He’s even faced rocky U.S.-Mexico trade relations. Listen to our podcast to hear Soto talk about all he’s learned about the risks of being an entrepreneur.
Episode 6: Garrett Snyder ’09
March 12, 2018
Los Angeles is considered one of the most ethnically diverse U.S. cities, and its culinary culture is just as wide-ranging. As food editor of Los Angeles Magazine, Garrett Snyder ’09 probably has tasted as many dishes as a United Nations chef. Snyder talks about L.A.’s unique food culture, the oddest thing he’s ever eaten and the city’s next hot food trends.
Episode 5: Demian Willette
Feb. 26, 2018
The fish you order at your favorite seafood restaurant may not be the fish you get. Demian Willette, LMU biology professor, studies species substitution — the substitution of one fish for another. Using Environmental DNA testing, he hopes to improve on a problem in the food chain that begins on fishing vessels and ends on restaurant tables.
Episode 4: Helen and Robert Singleton
Feb. 2, 2018
In July 1961, Robert Singleton, retired LMU professor of economics, and Helen Singleton M.A. ’85 joined the Freedom Rides and boarded a train from New Orleans to Jackson, Mississippi, in defiance of state segregation laws in the South. The Singletons talk about their role in the struggle and jail time in Mississippi’s Parchman State Penitentiary.
Episode 3: Elias Wondimu
Nov. 13, 2017
After being exiled from Ethiopia, his homeland, Elias Wondimu turned to producing books about his country’s history. Today, Wondimu is publisher of LMU’s Marymount Institute Press and Tsehai Publishers. He talks about his life in Ethiopia and in exile, as well as the work of documenting Ethiopia’s history.
Episode 2: Chris Dufresne
Sept. 29, 2017
Don Klosterman ’52 set NCAA records as a Loyola quarterback and found greater success as general manager of the Los Angeles Rams and Express (USFL). Former L.A. Times sportswriter Chris Dufresne, who covered and knew Klosterman, talks about a man who helped shape L.A. football history on the field and in the front office.
Episode 1: Lisa See ’79
June 28, 2017
Lisa See is the author of 10 novels and a nonfiction book that explore Chinese and Chinese-American experiences in the United States. See talks about her new novel, “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane,” her family’s roots in L.A.’s Chinatown, and her days as an LMU student, when she was certain she’d never be a writer.