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Alex MacInnis
Valley of Smoke
Audio documentaries of Southern California: microcosm of human experience, crossroads of everything. Each episode explores a different path through its subject matter, but all foreground personal histories and patiently unfolding narratives amidst original music, sound design, and affection for the minutiae of The Southland. Background, credits, sources, and partial explanations for every episode at . Created and produced by Alex MacInnis.
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Ratings & Reviews
5.0 stars from 11 ratings
Cool podcast format!
I’ve never heard a podcast quite like this one - the tone, info, and story-telling style are unique. Loved learning about the history of aerospace in my hometown!
DubO27 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/08/15
Narrative and audio genius!
Hidden Los Angeles history from the people who lived it. The sound design of the podcast takes you there like looking at good art, Valley of Smoke makes you forget what is happening around you and takes you to an LA you want to know more about.
Devondadude via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/25/15
Great podcast on LA history/mythology made & being made.
Chuckieblevins via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/23/15
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