Blue Sky Metropolis documentary airing

On Thursday, August 1st, Blue Sky Metropolis will be available to watch nationwide via the PBS Plus steaming service, as well as televised on PBS SoCal. Click here:

This series, which is comprised of four 1-hour episodes, covers the history of aviation and aerospace in Los Angeles from 1910 to the present.

Review: “Water And Empire In Hawai’i: ‘Braided Waters’ Reveals Deep History On Molokai”

By Charles Donelan. Santa Barbara Independent, July 10, 2019.

“L.A. Foodways: Food at the intersection of history” 

A new documentary on KCET. Premieres February 8, 2019.

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“California Wildfire: Learning to Live With the New Abnormal” 

Town Hall event, hosted by Madeleine Brand. KCRW Annenberg Theater, Santa Monica, CA. December 13, 2018.

Broadcast: KCRW 89.9 FM, “Press Play With Madeleine Brand,”  December 14, 2018:

Talk at Huntington Library: Wade Graham in conversation with Daniel Lewis 

Braided Waters: Environment and Society in Molokai, Hawaii


world design capital mexico city. March 5, 2018

World Design Capital Mexico City 2018, International Design Forum, talk: “Dream Cities: The (History of the) Future of Cities,” Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Mexico, March 5, 2018.

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university of missouri–kansas city, mo. august 15, 2017

Cockefair Lecture, University of Missouri-Kansas City, talk: “American Eden,” Pierson Auditorium, 12:30 pm, Kansas City, MO. August 15, 2017.

A special edition of the KCET documentary series "Lost L.A." exploring the history of one of Southern California's most beloved public gardens. Also streaming on, linkTV, appleTV, hulu, and roku. 

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"Lost LA: Descanso Gardens" premieres on KCET, july 18, 2018

kansas city public library, april 25, 2017

Kansas City Public Library, talk: “Dream Cities,” 6:30 pm, Kansas City, MO. April 25, 2017.

signs of life in the usa: readings on popular culture for writers

Op-ed essay, "Are We Greening Our Cities, or Just Greenwashing Them?" included in 9th ed. of compilation Signs Of Life in the USA: Readings on Popular Culture for Writers (Macmillan, 2018). Originally appeared in Los Angeles Times, March 6, 2016.