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Bill Barol

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What do we mean when we talk about home? A podcast from Bill Barol.
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Goodbye (for now)

02:12 | Nov 27th, 2017

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, ...Show More
Episode 26: Going Tiny

16:48 | Aug 18th, 2017

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 l...Show More
Episode 25: Lost Heroes and Miniature Histories

20:42 | Aug 2nd, 2017

“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 fo...Show More
Episode 24: Life, Death, Ego and Eternity

20:44 | Jul 19th, 2017

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...Show More
Episode 23: The Last House On Mulholland

27:42 | Jul 5th, 2017

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 Mor...Show More
Update: The Future of HOME

06:20 | Feb 25th, 2017

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, ...Show More
Update: New Season Coming

01:02 | Dec 14th, 2016

HOME is going on a between-seasons hiatus, but will return in the New Year. Sköl!
Episode 22: Kodachrome, Pt. 2

13:22 | Dec 2nd, 2016

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 creat...Show More
Episode 21: Kodachrome, Pt. 1

20:52 | Nov 17th, 2016

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 Phoeni...Show More
Episode 20: Everything Must Go

17:25 | Nov 3rd, 2016

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 ...Show More
Episode 19: Almost Utopia

21:08 | Oct 19th, 2016

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 Hil...Show More
Episode 18: Cooking With Mihrette

20:46 | Aug 31st, 2016

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...Show More
Episode 17: Dancers In The House

18:52 | Aug 17th, 2016

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...Show More
Episode 16: TV Dreamland

19:45 | Aug 3rd, 2016

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 ...Show More
Episode 15: Belushi, Bette and Beverly Hills

20:22 | Jul 20th, 2016

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 i...Show More
Episode 14: Rose, Mercedes and The Days Of The Dead

28:19 | Jul 6th, 2016

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, assimilat...Show More
Episode 13: A Pod To Call Your Own

16:54 | Jun 22nd, 2016

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 stratifie...Show More
Updates: New Season June 22, and Opening It Up To The Room

02:24 | Jun 13th, 2016

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: “Frost...Show More
Episode 12: Home With A Side of Fries

14:04 | Apr 9th, 2016

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...Show More
Episode 11: The View From The Road

19:38 | Mar 23rd, 2016

The crowning paradox of the touring comic’s life may be this: You have to leave home to make a name, but without the grounding and security of home you may not have anything to say. This week, three experienced comedians on striking the tricky balanc...Show More
Episode 10: A Life At Sea, On Land

21:58 | Mar 9th, 2016

How far would you go to rescue the remains of a bygone world you’ve loved since you were a kid? Peter Knego went to Alang, India, and then did it again and again, to save what he could of the great ocean liners being scrapped there. But he didn’t jus...Show More
Episode 9: A Home Away From Home

23:56 | Feb 24th, 2016

Suppose you wanted to design a home away from home. What would you put in? What would you leave out? What kind of seating would you have? (Soft? Hard? Low? High?) What kind of tables — big working slabs or intimate little two-tops? A good “third plac...Show More
Episode 8: A Home, A Murder, A Mystery (or two)

20:54 | Feb 10th, 2016

Up in the manicured hills of Los Feliz, a neighborhood that boasts at least three famous murder houses, the one with the weirdest history may be the Perelson house… where, deep in the night of December 6, 1959, a husband and father of three lost his ...Show More
Episode 7: Unmaking a Home

16:51 | Jan 27th, 2016

When an elderly parent dies after a long life of lovingly acquiring things, she leaves behind more than memories for her kids. She leaves something much more tangible: The things. So many, many things. Is it things that make a home? This week, to kic...Show More
Update: Season 2

02:42 | Dec 2nd, 2015

Season 2 of HOME comes your way in January. Subscribe today and new episodes will automagically fly through the aether to you more or less the very second they’re released. And if you get a moment between now and the start of the new season to tell y...Show More
Episode 6: Ghosts of The Carlotta

22:32 | Nov 17th, 2015

The venerable Villa Carlotta — home to show business A-listers in the Golden Age, and later to a generation of young actors, writers and musicians  — sits, a hollowed-out shell, on Hollywood’s Franklin Avenue. It may or may not be about to undergo a ...Show More
Episode 5: Growing Up 818

20:50 | Nov 4th, 2015

There’s the San Fernando Valley, the one you can find on a map… and then there’s The Valley, the one that exists in the culture, whose notoriety far outstrips its size. How did that happen? How did it come to be that you can mention The Valley to peo...Show More
Episode 4: A Monk in Venice

24:30 | Oct 20th, 2015

Andy Puddicombe left college at 22 and spent a decade tramping the world before returning to the UK and landing, eventually, in Los Angeles. He’s lived in so many countries that he has trouble recalling them on demand. How did his travels, and his tr...Show More
Episode 3: One Man’s Town

16:38 | Oct 7th, 2015

This week it’s a story about Amboy, CA, a ghost town 30 miles from anywhere on the old Route 66, and the chicken magnate who’s spent a fortune trying to keep it from collapsing into the desert sand. Can Albert Okura really hold back both history and ...Show More
Episode 2: In Their Room

23:42 | Sep 22nd, 2015

On a warm May day in 2005 a crowd gathered near a freeway embankment in Hawthorne, CA and turned its gaze to a house that wasn’t there. Nobody knows where inspiration comes from — but was the little house that once stood at 3701 West 119th St. the on...Show More
Episode 1: The House On The Hill

24:56 | Sep 8th, 2015

Herman Stein contributed music to more than 200 films, including some of the 1950s’ best-known monster movies: Creature From The Black Lagoon, This Island Earth, It Came From Outer Space, The Mole People, Tarantula and The Incredible Shrinking Man. H...Show More
Episode 0: Introduction

17:24 | Sep 3rd, 2015

A story about home, and place, and donuts. Music by: * Mongo Santamaria (“Mother Jones”) * Wintergatan (“Starmachine2000”) * Roger Roger (“Slippery Sid”) * Bobbi Humphrey (“Harlem River Drive”) * Nick Jaina (“Man Without A Head”) * Podington Bear (“...Show More