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California City
Deep in the Mojave Desert, there is a little town with a big name and a bizarre history: California City. For decades, real estate developers have sold a dream here: if you buy land now, you’ll be rich one day. Thousands of people bought this dream. Many were young couples and hard-working immigrants looking to build a better future. But much of the land they bought is nearly worthless.  In this new podcast from LAist Studios, host Emily Guerin tells a story of money, power and deception. 
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4.5 stars from 881 ratings
Truly amazing reporting
I don’t usually write reviews but this podcast stands out for its amazing journalism, structure, pace, integrity, and exploring of dualistic human truths. Very well done.
MichelleELong via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/22/20
Story is so so. Narrator inserts herself and her personal life in it too much. She goes too easy on her main “victim” by not holding him accountable for his role in the scam. She then pats herself on the back claiming she’s the reason for an official investigation. Nothing to see here with this one
Using espn next year via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/22/20
My mind is blown. I’ve always had this vague memory of taking a trip to a desert ranch as a young child with my family. It wasn’t until I started listening to this podcast and looking up the ranch I was able to connect the dots. Fortunately my parents passed on this. Thank you so much for solving...Read full review »
pinkzoesbb via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/22/20
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