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In this show of previously aired segments, we begin by hearing from the author of the novel The Cartel, a fictional work based on real life drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Then, the story of a mysterious house on an oilfield in the middle of L.A. How did it get there? Next, a look at the pop music hitmaker Max Martin. And finally, a dive into South Africa’s house music explosion. How did it become so popular there?

Banner Image Credit: Anna Scott/KCRW

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Laura Swisher

'The Cartel' 15 MIN, 56 SEC

The head of one of the world's deadliest drug cartels sits in a Mexican prison. The government trumpets his capture as a major blow to the drug trade in the country. And then one day, the king of the narcos simply walks out of prison, and back into the drug trade. Yes, we're talking about Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, but this is also how novelist Don Winslow's latest crime epic The Cartel begins: with the fictional, government-sanctioned prison break of a cartel kingpin.

Guests:
Don Winslow, author (@donwinslow)

The Cartel

Don Winslow

L.A.'s Mysterious House on a Hill 9 MIN, 46 SEC

There’s a century-old house hidden in the middle of an oil field in Baldwin Hills. Few people know it’s there, and even fewer know its history. Press Play producer Anna Scott goes into the field to unpack the mystery.

Guests:
Anna Scott, Producer, 'Press Play' (@AnnaKCRW)

"The Song Machine" 16 MIN, 24 SEC

Lennon and McCartney. The two Beatles need no introduction, as they’ve written the most number-one hit songs of all time. In third place? A 44-year-old Swedish producer named Max Martin. He’s written songs for the biggest pop stars of the past twenty years, from Britney Spears to Taylor Swift, and he helped pioneer the songwriting approach that today’s top hitmakers use.

Guests:
John Seabrook, New Yorker magazine (@jmseabrook)
Bryan Fryzel, Grammy-winning pop and hip-hop producer

South Africa's House Music Explosion 9 MIN, 14 SEC

Any guess which country is the world’s largest consumer of house music? Per capita, it’s South Africa, where house music regularly outsells American pop giants like Katy Perry and Taylor Swift. How did this come to be, and who are the main players in the South African house scene?

Guests:
Aaron Byrd, KCRW DJ (@itsabyrd)

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