Los Angeles has no shortage of stories. It’s the only city in the United States where the principal economy is, in fact, the business of telling stories. Underbelly L.A. hopes to turn your attention to some of the lesser-celebrated tales that have played out in this city, further from the sparkle of the Hollywood lights.
Talking to people about the history of their favorite foods is a great way to trick them into telling stories they haven’t told before. Host Katherine Spiers brings the history, the guests bring the anecdotes – like Gail Simmons discovering American Thanksgiving, Jenny Yang’s childhood love of salad bars, and Scott Conant and Lorena Garcia’s fundamental disagreement about dumplings.
Hosts Drew Mackie and Glen Lakin look at episodes of classic sitcoms (The Golden Girls, Designing Women, Cheers) that deal with LGBT issues and talk about what holds up, what doesn’t and what was going on in pop culture when these very special, very gay episodes first aired.
Actor and comedian Sam Pancake sits down with friends famous and funny to discuss the surreal, silly and nonetheless star-studded made-for-TV movies of the 1970s. It’s a loving look at baffling not-quite-feature-length flicks that often aren’t on DVD and have largely been lost to time.
Every episode presents a playlist of classic video game music planned around a specific theme, with commentary about how the history of these titles and how these composers used the soundtrack to enhance a player’s experience. Nostalgia + pixel art.