Not just for old folks!

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Whatever your age, here’s a chance to be a part of something really cool and important that is LA through and through.

Growing Old in East LA is an audio portrait created and produced by David Greenberger (of Duplex Planet fame).

condensed from their website:

… a multiyear initiative to uncover the personal and community stories that create a portrait of contemporary California. Framed by author and narrator Greenberger, the stories reveal not so much the parts elderly Mexican-American residents of East Los Angeles have played in the history of the state, but the part history plays in their personal narratives. Louie Perez and David Hidalgo, Grammy-award winning members of Los Lobos, created the emotionally evocative soundtrack.

Of course, at this point I’m going to ask you to get out your wallet – they are running low on funds and are seeking (tax deductible) contributions to complete this project.


Contributions go to

Atlantic Public Media/GOELA


Mail to

Atlantic Public Media
3 Water Street
PO BOX 445
Woods Hole MA 02543

Here’s their whole statement –

Growing Old in East LA

The audio portrait Growing Old In East L.A., created and produced by David Greenberger with co-producers Jay Allison and Barbara Price, explores the lives of elderly Mexican-Americans in California. The project is part of the California Council for the Humanities, California Documentary Project, a multiyear initiative to uncover the personal and community stories that create a portrait of contemporary California. Framed by author and narrator Greenberger, the stories reveal not so much the parts elderly Mexican-American residents of East Los Angeles have played in the history of the state, but the part history plays in their personal narratives. Louie Perez and David Hidalgo, Grammy-award winning members of Los Lobos, created the emotionally evocative soundtrack.
The stories explore universal themes: reflection in old age, the dignity of the individual, and the bonds of community, family and faith. These are first-person portraits of ordinary citizens often overlooked in mainstream media. These are stories about the ways we live our lives, the things in which we believe. At the core they value the heart in the human voice, the evocative nature of sound, the importance of subtext, and the art of storytelling.
The focus on the elderly is a reflection of David Greenberger’s Duplex Planet project. His unconventional oral history interviews explore topics and themes that survey the range of modern human experience. Through conversations about such subjects as neighborhoods, food, and raising a family, the concepts of American identity, nationalism and multiculturalism are examined.