Podcast Preview: “The Kept Girl” Sheds Light on the Dark Underbelly of 1920s L.A.

In this exclusive clip, Kim Cooper discusses the real life inspiration for her new historical novel

You Can’t Eat the Sunshine is a weekly podcast series produced by Kim Cooper and Richard Schave in which the Esotouric founders talk with L.A. personalities about the city’s myths, contradictions, and inspirations.

This week, Kim and Richard discuss Kim’s new historical novel, The Kept Girl, which delves into the dark criminal underworld of 1920s L.A., the story of the little-known Great-Eleven Cult, and the inspiration Raymond Chandler found in a do-gooding cop who decided to stand up for his city.

In this exclusive clip, the pair speaks to Rick Baudé and John Buntin, two experts on L.A.’s jazz era, during which The Kept Girl takes place. They share how “The Combination”–L.A.’s version of the Five Families–came into being, as well as details about the bizarre happenings surrounding cult leader, May Blackburn, and her prophecy about God unleashing his wrath on Los Angeles.

You can read the first chapter of The Kept Girl here.

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Richard and Kim share highlights from the You Can’t Eat the Sunshine podcast every week at CityThink.