It Happened Here
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Upcoming Episodes

Tuesday, August 21

A true pop culture icon, John Lennon gave us some of the most enduring and memorable music of the twentieth century as part of The Beatles, and as a solo artist. His enormous popularity also gave him an unprecedented platform to promote his political views, which caused him serious problems when he moved to New York in the early 1970s. In his hometown of Liverpool, we’ll visit the locations that lead to the founding of The Beatles – the childhood home where he lived with his Aunt Mimi and first started writing music, the bus stop on Menlove Avenue where his mother was tragically killed when John was a teenager, and the church hall where he famously met Paul McCartney for the first time in 1957. And in New York City, we’ll trace John’s political activism at his apartment in Greenwich Village where he was hounded by the FBI, the New York City Bar Association where he fought deportation, and The Dakota Building, where he tragically lost his life in 1980. Show Less
A true pop culture icon, John Lennon gave us some of the most enduring and memorable music of the twentieth century as part of The Bea...Show More

Wednesday, August 22

In the mid 90’s the infamous East Coast – West Coast hip hop rivalry was in full swing, and two of raps biggest icons – former friends The Notorious B.I.G, and Tupac Shakur – were caught in the middle of it. It was a battle that tragically cost both starts their lives before the end of the decade, in a pair of murders that are unsolved to this day. We’ll trace the story of these two legendry rappers by visiting the locations that lead to their rise and fall – the gritty streets of Biggie’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn where he hustled, sold drugs, and became a freestyling legend; a hidden set of train tracks in Vernon, California; New York City’s Quad Recording Studios, where a 1994 assassination attempt on Tupac ignited the biggest feud in the history of rap, and the corner of Fairfax and Wilshire in Los Angeles, where Biggie was tragically gunned down in a hit and run. Show Less
In the mid 90’s the infamous East Coast – West Coast hip hop rivalry was in full swing, and two of raps biggest icons – former f...Show More

Thursday, August 23

Richard Pryor was a comedy truth teller, who busted taboos about race, language, and sexuality. But what made Richard so raw and honest, was also the source of his troubled and tumultuous personal life – bouts of addiction, domestic abuse, and host of other personal demons, which culminated in a very public drug-induced meltdown on Parthenia Street in Los Angeles, where he lit himself on fire and ran down the street in an unhinged suicide attempt. We’ll travel to Richard’s hometown of Peoria, Illinois to find the source for his demons, and for his brilliant comedic mind – the elementary school where he first performed comedy, and the Community Center where he honed his craft, and to his compound on Parthenia Street in the San Fernando Valley, where he nearly died in 1980, before making a remarkable comeback. Show Less
Richard Pryor was a comedy truth teller, who busted taboos about race, language, and sexuality. But what made Richard so raw and hones...Show More

Friday, August 24

On August 5, 1962, silver screen legend Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her home in Brentwood, California of an apparent suicide. She was found by her housekeeper, face down on her bed, with an empty pill bottle at her side at the age of 36. Marilyn’s life was full of mysteries and contradictions, and we’ll visit the locations that tell her life story through that lens – the Hollygrove Home for Children, where Marilyn found herself living after her mother was institutionalized, Zuma Beach where she had her first modeling photo shoot; the small town of Hemet, California, where she would search for the man she thought was her father; San Francisco City Hall where she famously married Joe DiMaggio; The Actor’s Studio in New York City where she strove to be more than a Hollywood bimbo, but drove her to briefly be institutionalized herself; and outside the gates of her home in Brentwood, where her death shocked the nation. Show Less
On August 5, 1962, silver screen legend Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her home in Brentwood, California of an apparent suicide. She...Show More

Saturday, August 25

John Belushi achieved international fame by expertly playing abrasive, obnoxious, and juvenile characters, both as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and in iconic films like The Blues Brothers, and Animal House. Everything about Belushi was larger than life, and his desire to be the life of the party drove him down a dark path of substance abuse, culminating in his untimely death in 1982 at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood. We’ll discover how John became the life of the party at the Seven Dwarfs restaurant in his hometown of Wheaton, Illinois, and visit the main stage of the Second City in Chicago where he cultivated the characters that would later make him famous, discover a little-known location in Toronto, Canada where John and his best friend Dan Aykroyd created the Blues Brothers, and tour The Rainbow Room and On the Rox – two of John’s favorite Sunset Strip hot spots, and where he went on an epic bender with shadowy figure Cathy Smith on the final night of his life. Show Less
John Belushi achieved international fame by expertly playing abrasive, obnoxious, and juvenile characters, both as a cast member on Sa...Show More

Monday, August 27

Soul music legend Marvin Gaye’s life was cut short a day before his 45th birthday on April 1, 1984, when he was shot dead by his own father in their family home in Los Angeles. Marvin and his father’s tumultuous relationship goes all the way back to his troubled childhood in Washington DC, which is where we’ll visit Bo Diddley’s House, site of Marvin first recording session, and the iconic Howard Theatre, where the aspiring singer first performed in the late 50s. In Los Angeles, we’ll follow Marvin’s downward spiral from his early 70s peak – at a secret hideaway above Pacific Palisades that he would visit with his brother Frankie and sister-in-law Irene, the Malibu beach where he jogged and meditated during his darkest days, and the Gaye family home, where Marvin’s sister Zeola will walk us through the tragic day of Marvin’s murder. Show Less
Soul music legend Marvin Gaye’s life was cut short a day before his 45th birthday on April 1, 1984, when he was shot dead by his own...Show More

Soul music legend Marvin Gaye’s life was cut short a day before his 45th birthday on April 1, 1984, when he was shot dead by his own father in their family home in Los Angeles. Marvin and his father’s tumultuous relationship goes all the way back to his troubled childhood in Washington DC, which is where we’ll visit Bo Diddley’s House, site of Marvin first recording session, and the iconic Howard Theatre, where the aspiring singer first performed in the late 50s. In Los Angeles, we’ll follow Marvin’s downward spiral from his early 70s peak – at a secret hideaway above Pacific Palisades that he would visit with his brother Frankie and sister-in-law Irene, the Malibu beach where he jogged and meditated during his darkest days, and the Gaye family home, where Marvin’s sister Zeola will walk us through the tragic day of Marvin’s murder. Show Less
Soul music legend Marvin Gaye’s life was cut short a day before his 45th birthday on April 1, 1984, when he was shot dead by his own...Show More

About It Happened Here

They are not marked, there are no signs or plaques, but these parking lots, pieces of sidewalk, open fields and mini markets are connected to some of the most controversial events in pop culture history. We’ll revisit the sites at the center of these stories for an eye-opening look at the events as they unfolded. You may think you know what happened, but you don’t really know the full story until you’ve walked in the final footsteps and retraced the places where it all began.