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Larger Than Life
In 1960s Los Angeles, after the catastrophic Watts riots, an outsized character emerged — one who found an unexpected way to unite people across race and class. Odds are you’ve never heard of him. From LA Times Studios, the team behind “Dirty John” and “Man in the Window,” comes “Larger Than Life,” a docu-series about Big Willie Robinson, a 6-foot-6, muscle-bound street racer who preached peace a quarter-mile at a time. Cops and criminals, movie stars and miscreants, even Crips and Bloods — out at the drag strip, Big Willie could get them all to see eye to eye, easing tensions and...
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Ratings & Reviews
4.6 stars from 269 ratings
Miller has a gift for narration and storytelling, and Big Willie is a fascinating subject. My favorite podcast of 2019.
kanvari via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/18/19
Too cool
Legend
Blacktrickswayze via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/17/19
Great LA History!
I appreciate the look at LA’s history from these unique angles. It is clear that Daniel Miller and The LA Times have done the leg work to bring this story to life. I was sucked in a few minutes into episode one!
iluvparamount via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/17/19
Recent Episodes
Big Willie Robinson has a surprising career turn in the entertainment industry, working as an actor, rubbing shoulders with A-listers and appearing in some iconic 1970s films. He even has connections to the “The Fast and the Furious” and “Star Wars” film franchises. Learn more about the story,...
Published 07/16/19
Banned from street racing in L.A. in the early 1970s, Big Willie Robinson becomes fixated with building a racetrack for the Brotherhood of Street Racers. He wants a place where all are welcome — even cops and criminals — but can he pull it off? Learn more about the story, sign up for new episode...
Published 07/11/19
In the five years after the 1965 Watts riots, Big Willie Robinson meets the love of his life, gets the car of his dreams, forges ties with the LAPD and starts the Brotherhood of Street Racers.
Published 07/09/19
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