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Two cool new podcasts: Missing Richard Simmons and The Competition

Published February 23, 2017 at 1:48 PM PST
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In the workshop of Beth Goodnight, a self-proclaimed "mad scientist" of set building
Taylor Orci
In the workshop of Beth Goodnight, a self-proclaimed "mad scientist" of set building

Granted, the homeless make it hard to run a business near downtown LA’s Skid Row. But one man’s solution is raising eyebrows: spraying water on the sidewalk overnight. ... One of the local pianists in The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is already famous as the Video Game Pianist on YouTube. ... We visit the Alf Museum in Claremont where most of the fossils – some of them extremely significant to science -- were dug up by kids. ... Richard Simmons has gone from being the most accessible celebrity in LA to disappeared. A new podcast “Missing Richard Simmons" asks what happened. ... And we visit Beth Goodnight -- self-proclaimed "mad scientist" of set building -- to see the last of her Oscar sets before they’re sent off for this weekend’s show.

The city won't keep the sidewalks clear and clean, and you're trying to run a business. And you're not a hipster boutique that just parachuted into Skid Row a few years ago. We've got a dilemma for you.
Almost exactly three years ago, Richard Simmons, once the most accessible celebrity in Los Angeles, withdrew from public life. Only a few people have heard from him since, not including podcast host Dan Taberski.
It was kinda fun turning the tables on James Kim -- who is secretly competitive -- while asking him about his new podcast, which goes deep on competitions and highly competitive people.
During the Great Depression, biology teacher Raymond Alf decided to take his students on fossil hunting trips to Barstow. The Webb Schools have found 165,000 to date, many of them important scientific specimens.
His colorful, handcrafted puppets captured the hearts of audiences from TV viewers, to naval families during Baker's base tours, and attendees of his hometown performances.
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