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California City

Deep in the Mojave Desert, there is a little town with a big name and a bizarre history: California City. For decades, real estate developers have sold a dream here: if you buy land now, you’ll be rich one day. Thousands of people bought this dream. Many were young couples and hard-working immigrants looking to build a better future. But much of the land they bought is nearly worthless.  In this new podcast from LAist Studios, host Emily Guerin tells a story of money, power and deception. 

Deep in the Mojave Desert, there is a little town with a big name and a bizarre history: California City. For decades, real estate developers have sold a dream here: if you buy land now, you’ll be rich one day. Thousands of people bought this dream. Many were young couples and hard-working immigrants looking to build a better future. But much of the land they bought is nearly worthless.  In this new podcast from LAist Studios, host Emily Guerin tells a story of money, power and deception. 

Episodes: 9

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Bonus Episode: Cashing In On The Desert

Duration: 52 min

The Reckoning

Duration: 35 min

Open Secret

Duration: 30 min

The Hunted Becomes The Hunter

Duration: 29 min

The Tragedy That Occurred

Duration: 22 min

Soldiers of the Sale

Duration: 39 min

A Man with a Dream

Duration: 39 min

Turning Desert Dust Into Gold

Duration: 48 min

How I Found Out About California City

Duration: 6 min

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