Station Announcement

Presenting CARGOLAND: An In-Depth Series on LA’s Ports from KCRW


An in-depth series about the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

This is a seminal economic story for the new age, as machines move in and people move out. Hear from the people behind the gates and more.


KCRW’s Cargoland series takes an intimate and unflinching look at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, taking listeners behind the gates and telling the stories of the men and women on the frontlines of international trade.

Award-winning producer Lu Olkowski (2013 Edward R. Murrow Award for As Black As We Wish To Be), spent over two years producing the 5-part series, offering insight and analysis into the most pressing issues surrounding Southern California’s waterfront.

As the ports turn to technology to stay competitive, the workers struggle to keep their jobs.

She spoke to the pilots who guide massive cargo ships into harbor, the linesmen who tie vessels to the docks, the longshoremen who load and unload the containers, and the casuals who pick up jobs whenever they can, hoping to make a life on the waterfront and riding the waves of supply and demand.

Listen to the 5-part audio series, see photos, and immerse yourself into life at the ports at

Cargoland is part of KCRW’s Independent Producer Project, a forum for supporting the work of independent radio artists.

Rachel Reynolds
Music Publicity Director
1900 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 314-4625 DIRECT

About KCRW:

KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways — on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world.  A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, and via five KCRW-developed smart phone apps and online at

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