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Inventing L.A.: The Chandlers and Their Times

Moderated by Patt Morrison, LA Times columnist and radio host
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Episode Summary
A book and a documentary film chronicle how a family built a paper to greatness and how the confluence of a family feud and a cultural-economic cataclysm changed media history.

Participant(s) Bio
Bill Boyarsky (writer) is a political columnist for and blogs for LA Observed. He was a lecturer at the USC Annenberg School for Communication for several years and teaches there periodically. In his 30 years with the Los Angeles Times, Boyarsky was a political writer, featured columnist, and city editor. He was a member of reporting teams that won three Pulitzer Prizes. He is the author of two biographies of Ronald Reagan, and authored Big Daddy: Jesse Unruh and the Art of Power Politics as well as Los Angeles: City of Dreams. Together with his wife, Nancy, he coauthored Backroom Politics. He lives in Los Angeles.

Peter Jones (Filmmaker) began his career as a broadcast journalist. In 1987, he formed Peter Jones Productions, originally specializing in documentary films related to the history of the motion-picture industry. His special on Judy Garland won a 1997 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Series. "Stardust: The Bette Davis Story", had its U.S. premiere on Turner Classics Movies in 2006, garnering Jones and his team an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Nonfiction Special and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming. He lives in the hills overlooking the city the Chandlers invented.

Patt Morrison is a writer and columnist for the Los Angeles Times and host of the daily Patt Morrison public affairs program on KPCC. She has won six Emmys and six Golden Mike awards as founding host and commentator on Life & Times Tonight, the nightly news and current affairs program on KCET. Her one-on-one television interview subjects include Salman Rushdie, Henry Kissinger, Frank Gehry, Ray Bradbury, Joan Didion, and many more.