Sonic Trace is KCRW’s storytelling project that begins in the heart of Los Angeles and crosses into Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Part radio, part video, Sonic Trace maps LA residents’ answers to the questions:
¿Por qué te quedas? Why do you stay?
¿Por qué regresas? What makes you return?
Sonic Trace maps the stories of immigrants in Los Angeles one voice at a time. Our radio and video stories are the entry point. On the map, Sonic Trace embeds dozens of contributed stories linking L.A. neighborhoods to cities, towns and villages across the continent creating an oral history mosaic of Los Angeles. Help us amplify the 21st century Angeleno narrative. Add your voice to our map by visiting La Burbuja, our mobile recording booth.
Click on the radio icons to explore our broadcast stories. Inside, the arrows will guide you into Sonic Trace transmedia storytelling . Click on the video icons to watch Sonic Trace’s short films and explore the grey dots and listen to Angeleno immigrants who have shared their story inside La Burbuja.
Sonic Trace is a co-production of independent radio producer Anayansi Diaz-Cortes and KCRW. It was created as part of AIR’s national Localore production, with primary support from CPB. Sonic Trace is currently supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works. And by Cal Humanities, in partnership with the NEH. Experience more at calhum.org
Very Special Thanks to:
The Fundación Cultural Tavehua – Los Angeles, Comunidad Tavehua in Oaxaca, Julieta Mendez, The Lopez Family and the entire staff at Guelaguetza Restaurant, Enrique Ruiz and everybody at St. Cecilia Catholic Parish, Mr. William Heuisler and Animo South LA Charter High School, YouthBuild Boyle Heights, DnA’s Frances Anderton, Mat-ter Design & Build, Varo Sheet Metal Works, Carlos Moreno, Carlos Linares, Evaristo Jr & Sr., Juan Antonio aka Jackson, Megan Pryor, Èlia Gasull Balada and Yago Busquets, UCLA Labor Center and Gaspar Riva-Salgado, Lindsey Wagner, Kara Oehler, Jesse Shapins, James Burns, Laurie Selik, Jacob Conrad, Lu Olkowksi, Samantha Blanchard, Marco Morales, Mario González, Odilia Romero, Martin Duran, Kay Plunkett-Hogge, Martha Guzman and MOLAA, Laura Krugan and Columbia University’s Spatial Information & Design Lab.