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Southern California is home to some of the world’s most incredible innovations and accomplishments. But who are the change agents responsible for it all? Each week, Giselle Fernandez will take a deep dive into the philosophies and motivations of these people, who are creating an impact throughout the community. LA Stories Unfiltered is the companion podcast to the weekly television series on Spectrum News 1 and gives you an even more in-depth look at the stories and lives of change makers in ...
 
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After moving out of Beaumont, Texas, to escape the riots that erupted due to racial unrest, Bernard Parks and his family ended up in Los Angeles, where the Watts riots would take hold of the city just years later. Shortly after joining the Los Angeles Police Department, Parks witnessed another rise with the 1992 riots, and in 2020 he watched yet ag…
 
While he’s worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry — Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys — legendary record producer Clive Davis admits it wasn’t the career he had planned on. It was while he was working at a law firm that Davis was offered a job at Columbia Records, where he became known as "The Man with …
 
Dr. Lucy Jones, the world's foremost authority on earthquakes, shares her remarkable career journey and the challenges that came as a woman rising to the top of her profession. From experiencing toxic masculinity in the workplace, imposter syndrome and working mother guilt, the renowned seismologist — and first American scientist in China when it o…
 
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins has created some of the most memorable and iconic songs of the ages during his decadeslong career. After finding success with Jimmy Messina as the musical duo Loggins and Messina in the ‘70s, Loggins eventually embarked on a solo career and is responsible for iconic film soundtrack songs such as "Dange…
 
Dr. Stuart Siegel has been an international leader in the fight against childhood cancer for more than 40 years, as the founder of both the Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. With more than 240 scientific …
 
Having spent 11 years in prison for drug and violent crime charges, Danny Trejo is the ultimate redemption story and now lives a life he once only dreamed of. With a prolific career in Hollywood, Trejo also owns multiple restaurants across the Southland and a record label, with no plans to slow down. The Echo Park native opens up to host Giselle Fe…
 
Tennis legend Billie Jean King is a visionary whose legacy is ever-evolving. King, a crusader for social change and gender equality, was listed as one of the most important Americans of the 20th century by "Life" magazine for her work and achievements. But one of the greatest honors of her life, she says, is the full circle celebration of the new L…
 
Coming up on "LA Stories Unfiltered," host Giselle Fernandez delivers more in-depth conversations with impact makers from here in Southern California - from tennis icon Billie Jean King to actor and restaurateur Danny Trejo. Also coming this summer are emotional interviews with music legend Clive Davis, Dr. Stuart Siegel and singer Kenny Loggins. L…
 
Paul Stanley may be best known for his "Starchild" persona — rock and roll icon, painted-face superstar, co-founder and frontman for the legendary rock group Kiss — but he’s as complex as the costumes and pyrotechnics you see on stage at his concerts. A successful author, painter and business owner, Stanley has a soft and soulful side you might not…
 
At just 15 years old, Norma Duque came to the U.S. without a green card in search of a safer and better life — five years after her father, brother and uncles were all brutally murdered. After being homeless and escaping more unthinkable situations, Duque was adopted, and her life changed forever. Today, as president and CEO of Nuevo Amanecer Latin…
 
Prior to becoming the first female CEO of City National Bank in Los Angeles, Kelly Coffey was living in New York City and working at J.P. Morgan for 20 years. Known as the “bank to the stars,” City National has a rich history of working with the entertainment industry, having famously helped Frank Sinatra with ransom money in 1963 when his son was …
 
Singer-songwriter Andra Day says that at first, she didn’t want the lead role in Hulu's "The United States vs. Billie Holiday” — admitting she felt she wasn't good enough or smart enough for the role. It was reading a scripture that helped Day overcome that feeling and made her realize the role was meant to be, as it ultimately landed her an Oscar …
 
California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley knows firsthand the importance of receiving both an affordable, quality education and the proper guidance during those years. After serving in the Army following high school and then transferring from Golden West College to UC Irvine, Oakley ultimately became the first Latino to serve as Ch…
 
Having started on Wall Street as a runner at just 16 years old, venture capitalist Art Bilger made his fortune investing in media and technology companies. After selling his successful media business, Bilger stepped back and examined his career path, realizing the importance of finding purpose and dignity through one's career and compared that with…
 
After winning the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 2019, renowned violinist Vijay Gupta resigned from the prestigious Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra to devote himself full-time to helping LA's homeless, disenfranchised and incarcerated. Gupta shares with host Giselle Fernandez how he considers himself an "art disrupter" with his nonprofit St…
 
Famous for being half of the marijuana-loving hippie comedy duo "Cheech and Chong," Richard "Cheech" Marin is one of the highest achieving Latinos in Hollywood — and has no plans to slow down. Although he enjoyed an immense amount of success together with Tommy Chong for 17 years, Marin eventually made the difficult decision to break up the duo and…
 
International supermodel Maye Musk is defying all odds and breaking norms for women across the globe. At 69 years old, she became the face of CoverGirl, proving that beauty has no age limit. She models regularly for runway shows and in fashion magazines, even making a music video appearance alongside Beyoncé. Musk discusses with host Giselle Fernan…
 
As the daughter of legendary music mogul Clarence Avant, Nicole Avant had far from a "typical" childhood — often finding major musical artists, politicians, and industry giants sitting right there in her living room. Now, as the wife of Netflix co-CEO and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, Avant continues to follow the advice she received as a chi…
 
Arturo Sandoval opens up to Giselle Fernandez about his passion for music, escaping communist Cuba, and meeting the great jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie by chance. When he first started playing the trumpet at age 10 in Cuba, Sandoval was told he'd never make it as a musician — yet he persevered and eventually mastered the instrument at a young age. No…
 
In the debut episode of LA Stories Unfiltered, Giselle Fernandez sits down with the one and only Charo for a hilarious and heartfelt conversation about the entertainer’s prolific career and personal heartaches. After mastering the craft of flamenco guitar at an early age, Charo came to the U.S. to chase her dream of becoming a star. Her appearance …
 
Southern California is home to some of the world’s most incredible innovations and accomplishments. But who are the change agents responsible for it all? Each week, Giselle Fernandez will take a deep dive into the philosophies and motivations of these people, who are creating an impact throughout the community. LA Stories Unfiltered is the companio…
 
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