TOWN HALL Journal is a lively, informative radio magazine, hosted by Emmy and Peabody award-winning broadcast journalist Judy Muller, and presented by Town Hall Los Angeles, Los Angeles’ premier platform for public speaking. Each week, the program draws upon Town Hall speakers past and present for an in-depth look into political, economic and cultural issues affecting the daily lives of Angelenos.
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LA Unearthed: History & Mystery at Los Angeles' Cemeteries

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Readying us for Halloween, TOWN HALL Journal goes along on a tour of Los Angeles' oldest cemetery - Evergreen Cemetery - and acquaints listeners with well-remembered and sometimes forgotten Angelenos. Hear first hand from taphophiles on what fascinates them about cemeteries and discover early LA pioneers like freed slave turn midwife and downtown landowner, Biddy Mason. Dipping into the Vault, we get a history lesson on Hollywood's obsession with the dead from Edward Maeder, Curator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art -Costume and Textile Collection, who gives us an overview of films that bring the dead back to life. Finally, host Judy Muller asks USC Professor Leo Braudy why people are so fascinated with celebrities who have gone to the other side.

TOWN HALL Journal thanks The Studio for Southern California History for their help with the tour and program.