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Pacific Time podcast: Perspective on a decade of peril in South L.A.

August 3, 2010 | 10:42 pm

Gold,Scott.010402 Times staff writer Scott Gold, who spent all of 2009 reporting on the progress, promise and peril in South Los Angeles, talks about the South L.A. of the mid-1980s, an environment so infused with economic distress, virulent drugs, rampant violence and pervasive cultural mistrust that serial killers could operate in obscurity and with impunity for about a decade.

He and colleague Andrew Blankstein write today about this dark chapter in the neighborhood's history. Read the story here.

Listen to the podcast by clicking the play button below, or subscribe here.

The culmination of Scott's yearlong project, Promise and Peril in South L.A., can be found at

-- Michelle Maltais