Back/Story

Promised Land
May 2012

Promised Land

Century-old Llano del Rio—one man’s great hope for a Southern California Socialist utopia

Give It to Galindo
April 2012

Give It to Galindo

A Latino LAPD detective works under the radar to clear a black ex-cop in mid-’50s L.A.

Left in the Past
February 2012

Left in the Past

Roy M. Brewer explores Ronald Reagan’s far-from-conservative early days—hear the former president in archival tapes

Element of Surprise
January 2012

Element of Surprise

One gutsy, Vietnam-era air raid might not have been common knowledge, but it sure set the stage for military special ops

Pretty Tough
April 2011

Pretty Tough

Originally victims and femme fatales, the women of today’s mystery fiction are now as damaged and complex as their male counterparts.

Sunset on Sunset
April 2011

Sunset on Sunset

A street of dreams, a time of day, a state of mind...and an LA exclusive graphic tale.

Editor’s Note
April 2011

Editor’s Note

Los Angeles and its underbelly—no one captures it with the magic of mystery-fiction writers, and we've nabbed a slew of them.

Backstory Out of Iran
January 2011

Backstory Out of Iran

WikiLeaks’ reveals don’t come close to telling the whole tale of L.A. dentist Dr. Hossein Vahedi’s great escape from his homeland.

Back/Story What Lies Beneath
October 2010

Back/Story What Lies Beneath

The harrowing true-life account of a CIA deep-sea search for Soviet nuclear warheads off the U.S. coast—and the role L.A. played

From Mojave to the Moon
August 2009

From Mojave to the Moon

With a moon touchdown in their sites, scientists and engineers gathered in California’s Mojave Desert to plan, design and eventually fly a futuristic contraption called the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle.

Where There’s Smoke...
July 2009

Where There’s Smoke...

Santa Monica's Tinder Box tobacco shop goes back a long way. But to diehard smokers, it's just as fresh and welcoming as the day they walked in. Who cares if the world is changing around it?

The Beatles & Elvis Harmonic Convergence
June 2009

The Beatles & Elvis Harmonic Convergence

A firsthand account of how the Beatles first met Elvis in Bel Air in 1965. A good time was had by all—but who was more in awe of the other?

The Road to Area 51
April 2009

The Road to Area 51

Although the government still refuses to acknowledge the famous military institution 100 miles outside of Las Vegas, five former military men are finally able to share their tall but true tales.

What Plane?
March 2009

What Plane?

During the Cold War, the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation's Skunk Works division built top secret spy planes like OXCART in the heart of Burbank, California.

Doubt Changes Everything
February 2009

Doubt Changes Everything

Playwright John Patrick Shanley explores how inspiration can be found in uncertainty and serve to effect positive social change.

My Favorite Martian
September 2008

My Favorite Martian

TV producer Garry Marshall explains the overnight success of Mork & Mindy, and the story of how he discovered Robin Williams.