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Inventing LA: The Chandlers And Their Times

Airs Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

The Los Angeles Times newsroom, circa 1932. The Los Angeles Times was the cit...

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Above: The Los Angeles Times newsroom, circa 1932. The Los Angeles Times was the city’s biggest booster, instrumental to the largest internal migration in U.S. history.

Emmy-winning filmmaker Peter Jones chronicles the epic saga of the most powerful family in Los Angeles history – the Chandlers.

The Timeline

This annotated timeline uses video and archival images to present historical moments important in shaping Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Times.

Historical Photos

View archival images of Los Angeles, the Chandler Family and the Los Angeles Times Building. Explore headlines from important dates in national and local history.

Chandlers' L.A.

The Chandler family played a major role in the development of Los Angeles. Explore this map to see the reach of their efforts. Many of the points are still prominent establishments in today’s Los Angeles.

This groundbreaking documentary traces the explosive emergence of multi-ethnic, modern Los Angeles during the single-family reign of four publishers of the Los Angeles Times.

Each used the newspaper to pursue distinct agendas and impossible dreams, transforming the composition and character of Southern California itself; in the process, seducing a nation and the world with a new kind of American Dream.

"Inventing LA" employs unprecedented access to the family and The Times’ archives which span the century that Harrison Gray Otis, Harry Chandler, Norman Chandler, and Otis Chandler stood at the helm of the newspaper.

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Originally aired in 2009.

Inventing LA: The Chandlers And Their Times

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This groundbreaking documentary traces the explosive emergence of multi-ethnic, modern Los Angeles during the single-family reign of four publishers of the Los Angeles Times.

Inventing LA: Nixon Tape

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A recorded phone conversation reveals former President Nixon’s plan to investigate the Chandlers.

Inventing LA: California Dreaming

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A look at the lifestyle of a former L.A. Times’ publisher through a montage of archival images.

Inventing LA: Bombing at the Times

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Unionists explode dynamite at the Times Headquarters during Harrison Gray Otis’ reign as publisher.

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