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LA Hashtags Itself

Los Angeles Hashtags Itself, a six-episode, limited series podcast, looking at Angeleno organizations leading trend of using digital media for urban & social development. Digital media are fast becoming the for material and social placemaking.

If you like art, community benefits organizations, cultural journalism, real estate, transportation, and the technology industry generally, we hope you will find something worth hearing.

Listen to the individual posts on the LA Hashtags Itself page or subscribe at ApplePodcasts, Soundcloud, or Google Play.

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Go Fug Yourself’s Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan are self-proclaimed “authors, bloggers, and fashion assassins.” Creators of so many people’s favorite celebrity fashion blog, Go Fug Yourself, and authors of bestsellers like the fortune-telling The Royal We (about an American who falls in love with and marries a British prince), Heather and Jessica share with us their collaborative process, their intentions to make the blog communal and someplace people want to come. “You always want the site, as your baby, to be something you’re proud to share with people.”

Stream the interview here on this page, or you can download it and subscribe through ApplePodcastsSoundcloud, or Google Play.

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Nathan Masters on LOST LA and mining LA’s digital archives

This conversation with Nathan Masters, like LA’s history, is wholly engrossing and because of its topic, touches on all of our themes this season, preservation, resistance, healing, and transformation. Because why study history at all if we are not to concern ourselves with the larger cultural-philosophical questions?

For more information and to find links to some of the things we talk about check out the showpage.

Stream the interview here on this page, or you can download it and subscribe through ApplePodcastsSoundcloud, or Google Play.

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All your health and fitness data, and one woman who mines it

Donna Spruijt-Metz, MFA, PhD, is the director of the USC mHealth Collaboratory at the USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research. Donna researches ways of using smartphones and other Internet of Things platforms to take individuals’ temporally dense, context-specific data, such as mood and eating behaviors, from individuals and devise just-in-time interventions to address obesity. “This is NOT to replace medicine or public health, and I’m not so sure if they’re making it easier. We’re here to make it better.”

For more information and to find links to some of the things we talk about check out the showpage.

Stream the interview here on this page, or you can download it and subscribe through ApplePodcastsSoundcloud, or Google Play.

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Thor Steingraber: “I view my role as the leader of an arts organization as being a public servant”

Listen to Thor Steingraber, executive director of Cal State Northridge’s Valley Performing Arts Center, or “The Soraya,” explain he how sees himself as a public servant. “The great thing about public leadership and public policy, in the end: the greater good of the greatest number of people is achieved by the same means.”

Listen now! Regain some faith in contemporary leadership while you’re with us.

Listen to the individual posts on the LA Hashtags Itself page or subscribe at ApplePodcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Google Play, or on your favorite podcasting app.

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Marissa Gluck: “I would have given you a very different answer before November 2016”

Marissa Gluck is a digital research strategist who’s worked in tech since the mid-90s, an urbanism and architecture writer, and a principal of the design-cum-civic engagement non-profit Design East of La Brea, or de LaB. Through her unique bundle of expertise, Marissa gives us insights into how her three fields engage with issues of culture, identity, and civic participation. This long, fun conversation is about how Marissa is, above all, an conversationalist. Learn how she uses empathy and storytelling to make things accessible to her audience, whoever they are at the time.

Thanks again for listening and let us know what you think of the conversation on Twitter (Bedrosian, me), Facebook, or email.

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LA Freewaves’ Anne Bray on Media as an Exchange of Consciousness

Our guest on this episode of LA Hashtags Itself is media artist Anne Bray. Bray is executive director of Freewaves, the LA-based nonprofit arts organization that advocates for and exhibits new, uncensored, independent media. She tells us about her thirty-plus years using media art to initiate difficult and essential dialogue around pressing social issues. Civic engagement – connection – is essential to strong governance. Art & technology can confront, educate, and connect us. Is art essential to good governance? With impactful engagement in communities around policy issues, art can bring us to a more socially just world.

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Welcome to “Los Angeles Hashtags Itself,” the Podcast

In this six-episode, limited series podcast, we will hear from representatives of various Angeleno private and public organizations leading the critical trend of using digital media for urban and social development. We will speak with a community benefit organization, a cultural journalism outlet, a media artist, a private developer, a technology company executive, and a transportation specialist. This diverse group serves as both a reminder and an analytical insight that digital media are neither just “useful” nor peculiar to the sharing and cultural economies, but fast becoming standard to the practice of material and social placemaking. Further, the podcast will elucidate for Bedrosian listeners the guests’ sectoral commonalities and differences, illuminating the shifting context in which planning, policy, and development operate in contemporary city making. We hope you enjoy.

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