California Love

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Publisher:
LAist Studios

California Love

5.0/5

Critic Rating

Tupac and Dr. Dre's "California Love" served as a love letter and anthem for a generation. The song inspired author and New York Times writer, Walter Thompson-Hernández, to create a show as prescient as it is personal. In his "California Love" series, Walter invites listeners to join him in his family home, on horseback through the streets of Compton, and up into the sky to examine belonging. Walter takes us deep into his own story as he explores what it means for him to love Los Angeles.


Critic Reviews

Score: 5

Pod Sauce Editors • Pod Sauce Feb 12, 2022

"Thompson-Hernàndez gives us a remarkably emotional first-person (first-parrot, as he calls it) account about L.A.’s green parrots. While “California Love” is Thompson-Hernàndez’s singular experience growing up, he invites listeners to make it a collective adoration. Most of all, “California Love” is Thompson-Hernàndez’s love letter to Los Angeles and an emphasis on the disappearing diversity of the city."

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Score: 4.9

Ashley Lusk • Bello Collective Dec 2, 2020

"If you listen to California Love, I hope you start with “Prologue,” which is as poetic a piece of audio as you’ll hear this year, but “Party Line” is where the series gets special. It will wax nostalgic for anyone who lived through the 90s, although the entire episode is one hazy walk through adolescent sexual awakening sure to feel familiar to everyone. Thompson-Hernández’s voice is striking in this series; I can’t recall having heard any like it before."

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Score: 5

PR Staff • PodcastReview.org Jul 22, 2020

"On California City, host Emily Guerin blends investigative journalism on these ongoing predatory practices with a fascinating history of how this scammer’s paradise came to be."

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