Californian Century, The [The Documentary] [World Service]

Episodes

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01California: From Hollywood To Silicon Valley2020061720200621 (WS)The story of Francis Boggs and William Mulholland, two early pioneers of California

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Stanley Tucci imagines the story of modern California as a movie screenplay, tracing the dramatic history of the state from Hollywood to Silicon Valley. In this episode, the first man to direct a full movie in California meets a dramatic end. In 1911, 41-year-old Francis Boggs was on the up, a pioneering movie director. But his luck was just about to run out. And the story of William Mulholland and the lies that made Los Angeles possible. Mulholland first brought water to arid LA, with much double dealing.

Academic consultant: Dr Ian Scott, University of Manchester
Producer: Laurence Grissell

(Photo: Actor Stanley Tucci. Credit: David M. Benett/Getty Images)

02California: From Hollywood To Silicon Valley2020062420200628 (WS)The story of preacher Aimee Semple McPherson who vanished in 1926 and Hattie McDaniel

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Actor Stanley Tucci imagines the story of modern California as a movie screenplay, tracing the dramatic history of the state from Hollywood to Silicon Valley.
In this episode, he tells the story of celebrity revivalist preacher Aimee Semple McPherson who vanished one day in 1926. And he remembers Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American to win an Oscar in 1940, criticised by civil rights groups for her role in Gone With The Wind.

Academic consultant: Dr Ian Scott, University of Manchester
Producer: Laurence Grissell

03California: From Hollywood To Silicon Valley2020070120200705 (WS)The story of Leon Lewis who hunted down Nazis in LA and founder William Shockley

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Stanley Tucci imagines the story of modern California as a movie screenplay. In this episode, he tells the story of Leon Lewis who hunted down Nazis in LA in the '30s and '40s. With its aircraft factories and shipyards, California was a prime target for Hitler. And he remembers Silicon Valley's troubled founder, William Shockley: a genius, a hideous boss and an irredeemable racist.

04California: From Hollywood To Silicon Valley20200708Actor Stanley Tucci tells the story of Kathleen Cleaver, a leading light in the short-lived but highly influential Black Panther Party which was born in Oakland, California. And he explores the contribution of Dianne Feinstein, trailblazing Californian politician who took over as mayor of San Francisco after the murders of Harvey Milk and Mayor Moscone.

Academic consultant: Dr Ian Scott, University of Manchester
Producer: Laurence Grissell

The story of Kathleen Cleaver. the Black Panther Party and Dianne Feinstein

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

04California: From Hollywood To Silicon Valley2020070820200712 (WS)Actor Stanley Tucci tells the story of Kathleen Cleaver, a leading light in the short-lived but highly influential Black Panther Party which was born in Oakland, California. And he explores the contribution of Dianne Feinstein, trailblazing Californian politician who took over as mayor of San Francisco after the murders of Harvey Milk and Mayor Moscone.

Academic consultant: Dr Ian Scott, University of Manchester
Producer: Laurence Grissell

The story of Kathleen Cleaver. the Black Panther Party and Dianne Feinstein

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Stanley Tucci imagines the story of modern California as a movie screenplay.

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Stanley Tucci imagines the story of modern California as a movie screenplay, tracing the dramatic history of the state from Hollywood to Silicon Valley. California wants to dazzle you with its endless sunshine and visions of the future – but that’s just a mirage. Tucci plays a hard-boiled screenwriter uncovering the full truth.

In this episode, the first man to direct a full movie in California meets a dramatic end. In 1911, 41 year old Francis Boggs was on the up, a pioneering movie director. But his luck was just about to run out. And the story of William Mulholland and the lies that made Los Angeles possible. Mulholland first brought water to arid LA, with much double dealing.
Also in the series, the men who lied and lied and lied again to bring water to arid LA, and the story of the superstar revivalist preacher who was as big as Chaplin – before she disappeared without trace. We'll also hear about the genius who first brought silicon to Silicon Valley, right before he became a passionate eugenicist - Silicon Valley's dirty little secret.

05California: From Hollywood To Silicon Valley20200715Actor Stanley Tucci tells the story of Ice-T, the original gangster rapper and his controversial hit Cop Killer which epitomised the turbulence of 1990s LA. And he explores the contribution of Jerry Brown, California's longest-serving governor. In a wide-ranging interview, Brown shares his thoughts on California's past and future.

Academic consultant: Dr Ian Scott, University of Manchester
Producer: Laurence Grissell

The story of Ice-T, the original gangster rapper of 1990s LA and governor Jerry Brown

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

05California: From Hollywood To Silicon Valley2020071520200719 (WS)Actor Stanley Tucci tells the story of Ice-T, the original gangster rapper and his controversial hit Cop Killer which epitomised the turbulence of 1990s LA. And he explores the contribution of Jerry Brown, California's longest-serving governor. In a wide-ranging interview, Brown shares his thoughts on California's past and future.

Academic consultant: Dr Ian Scott, University of Manchester
Producer: Laurence Grissell

The story of Ice-T, the original gangster rapper of 1990s LA and governor Jerry Brown

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Stanley Tucci imagines the story of modern California as a movie screenplay.

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Stanley Tucci imagines the story of modern California as a movie screenplay, tracing the dramatic history of the state from Hollywood to Silicon Valley. California wants to dazzle you with its endless sunshine and visions of the future – but that’s just a mirage. Tucci plays a hard-boiled screenwriter uncovering the full truth.

In this episode, the first man to direct a full movie in California meets a dramatic end. In 1911, 41 year old Francis Boggs was on the up, a pioneering movie director. But his luck was just about to run out. And the story of William Mulholland and the lies that made Los Angeles possible. Mulholland first brought water to arid LA, with much double dealing.
Also in the series, the men who lied and lied and lied again to bring water to arid LA, and the story of the superstar revivalist preacher who was as big as Chaplin – before she disappeared without trace. We'll also hear about the genius who first brought silicon to Silicon Valley, right before he became a passionate eugenicist - Silicon Valley's dirty little secret.