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Introducing "Foretold"

Chasing Cosby

Los Angeles Times

Society & Culture, True Crime

4.64.9K Ratings

🗓️ 18 May 2023

⏱️ 9 minutes

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"Foretold" is the newest podcast from the L.A. Times, and we're sharing a preview of the first episode with you here today. In the fall of 2019, reporter Faith E. Pinho received a tip from a woman named Paulina Stevens. Paulina claimed she had grown up in an insular Romani community in California, where she was raised to be a wife, mother and fortuneteller — until she decided to break away. That first call unraveled a story spanning multiple continents, hundreds of years, and complex metaphysical realities. Follow "Foretold" to hear new episodes every Tuesday.

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Where I live in Southern California, psychic shops are practically as plentiful as coffee shops.


They're a part of the landscape.


I know people who have regular appointments with their psychic.


It's the kind of thing you can drop in casual conversation, and no one bats an eye.


And I can understand why.


People want security.


They want to know what the future will hold.


And whether through tarot cards or a crystal ball, the fortune teller will hint at how your story will play out.


Let me say up front that I don't know how this tale will play out or how it will end.


Because in this story, the fortune teller came to me.


At the very beginning of this podcast, I never thought in a million years.


It would turn into what it is now.


My name is Faith Pinyu, and I'm a reporter at the Los Angeles Times.


But back in October 2019, I was working at a small community newspaper in Orange County called the Daily Pilot.


And that's where I first got a call from Paulina Stevens.


Paulina told me that from the time she was a child, she was told she would be a fortune teller.


That she came from a whole family of fortune tellers.


And then she mentioned something that made my ears perk up.


It was a warning about a psychic shop in Orange County.


She told me that this was the psychic shop that she had escaped.


I suggested we meet up in person at a local cafe.


I'm a little nervous, I'm sorry for like, I don't know, I'm like kind of nervous, but I'm okay.


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