A Trip to Southern California

NPR's Scott Simon welcomes listeners to Southern California, where Weekend Edition Saturday is broadcasting this week.

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SCOTT SIMON, Host:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

We're delighted to broadcast our show this week from the studios of NPR West in Culver City, California.

Greater Los Angeles is a place of superlatives and stereotypes. It's blessed with persistent sun, but gets struck by flashfloods, forest fires and earthquakes, and often gets swaddled in smog; that L.A. term that's entered the language for what happens when fog mixes with car exhaust and factory smoke.

Millions of people come to visit Hollywood, Disneyland and Beverly Hills; millions from across the world begin new lives here in places like Pasadena, West Covina, East Los Angeles and Compton. People like to mock L.A. as being glitzy, flighty and goofy, but the people here get on the roads early to work hard - the highways strum with energy, collisions and ambitions. Most people in L.A. are not in the film business, but almost no one anywhere is immune to the dreams that are hatched here.

Now, we've shown some glimpses - large and small - of Los Angeles life through both hours of our program.

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