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Charles Phoenix

Charles Phoenix is a performer, humorist, chef and author who explores America's classic and kitschy pop culture -- past and present -- and predicts retro-inspired, future trends.

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“SEARCHING FOR THE SOUL OF L.A. THROUGH KITSCH” ON NPR’S ALL THINGS CONSIDERED

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NPR LogoHear Charles on NPR’s ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, Searching For The Soul Of L.A. Through Kitsch.

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“A ‘HISTO-TAINMENT’ TAKE ON THE L.A. COUNTY FAIR” ON NPR

Los Angeles County Fair 1962

NPR Logo“In terms of size and attendance, the Los Angeles County Fair is considered the largest county fair in the nation. And it takes a big personality to cover all the fun. Self-proclaimed “histo-tainer” Charles Phoenix visits the fair in search of extraordinary livestock, deep-fried Twinkies, and a high-stakes beanbag toss.”

Listen in on Charles’ LA County Fair visit on NPR.


“DESTINATION TIME CAPSULE” ON NPR

NPR LogoThe NPR Special Series “Destination Time Capsule” follows Charles Phoenix on his Route 66 road trip to Tulsa, OK for the unearthing of a 1957 Plymouth fifty years after it’s burial.

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“VEGAS BIDS FAREWELL TO THE STARDUST” ON NPR

NPR Logo“We have so many things to thank the Stardust for. In 1958 when it opened, it was the world’s largest resort hotel. It was also the first hotel resort in Las Vegas to invite the masses with 1,000 rooms starting at $5 a day.”

Listen here to Charles bidding farewell to this Las Vegas icon.