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Off-Ramp is a lively weekly look at Southern California through the eyes and ears of radio veteran John Rabe. News, arts, home, life... the show covers everything that makes life here exciting, enjoyable, and interesting. More Off-Ramp at kpcc.org.

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The Penultimate Off-Ramp ... and a naked neutered mummy and the Italians who love him


Published: Sat, 24 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT
Summary: On the second to last episode: an expert on relics, mummies, crypts, and the way we live with death ... KPCC's Matt Bloom looks at the fungal disease killing LA's ficus trees ... The amazing career of Ruth Batchelor: founder of the LA Film Critics Associa..


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Neil deGrasse Tyson and Grassroots Trans Pride


Published: Sat, 17 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT
Summary: We sample astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson's talk last weekend at the Aero Theatre, including his top StarTalk guests ... For Trans Pride: punk singer Drew Arriola Sands, whose career took off after she transitioned ... The California African American Museu..


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What color are these Muppets? A little blue.


Published: Sat, 10 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT
Summary: Brian Henson pays tribute to his dad Jim's bawdier side in "Puppet Up! Uncensored" ... the new book "Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Twilight Zone" ... A restaurant where you're served by our robot overlords ... We talk with the dancing homeles..


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The quaint husband wife business of 1-800-AUTOPSY


Published: Sat, 03 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT
Summary: When there's something strange in your neighborhood, Vidal and Vicki Herrera might be the closest thing to Ghostbusters you've got... In Redlands there's a circus even PETA would approve of... an exhibit at the Huntington Library looks at Octavia Butler t..


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An oasis in the Southern California desert: The Institute of Mentalphysics


Published: Sat, 27 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT
Summary: A seeker and a famous son build a city in the High Desert: Ding Le Mei and Lloyd Wright's Institute of Mentalphysics ... John rides in the last B-24 ... Jean-Michel Jarre is in town this weekend: go see him. WARNING: This episode has NO Twin Peaks spoiler..


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Remembering the 'Buddy Rich' of punk, and Tiny Tim's Tin Pan Alley soundtrack


Published: Sat, 20 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT
Summary: A new album from the late oddball singer Tiny Tim, who was, among many other things, an astounding musicologist, with a focus on obscure Tin Pan Alley songs. ... A new investigation by NBC4 raises serious questions about possible collusion between the own..


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Big Jay McNeely still has sax appeal at 90, and Maestro Kahane says, 'I'm not retiring!'


Published: Sat, 13 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT
Summary: In the 1950s, saxophonist Big Jay McNeely (left) - now 90 - got teens so excited city officials banned him from LA for a while. ... We go in-depth with Jeffrey Kahane, about to play his final concerts as musical director of the LA Chamber Orchestra. ... '..


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A deep dive on LA history with a member of local "royalty," a real Californio


Published: Sat, 06 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT
Summary: An Angeleno family going back 3 generations here is considered ancient; but Theresa Chavez is a real Californio, dating back to 1771 when her family owned an original rancho ... How many Romanian restaurants can you name? Add Parsnip in Highland Park to t..


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Some healing, some scars: the LA Riots, 25 years later


Published: Sat, 29 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMT
Summary: We talk with residents, eyewitnesses, about those dark days ... Journalist Joe Domanick tells us how decades of police brutality - including hundreds of police murders of blacks and Latinos - led to the LA Riots, and he assesses how far the LAPD has come ..


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Ride that mutant chicken!


Published: Sat, 22 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMT
Summary: It’s an 8-foot chicken with the head of Big Boy, and it’s on San Fernando Road in Glassell Park … staring at you. We track down the artist. ... LA State Historic Park reopens this weekend; was it worth the 3-year wait? Maybe so ... We'll meet one of..


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Ed Asner, Matt Asner, and their autistic kids


Published: Sat, 15 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMT
Summary: Ed Asner tells us what his autistic son and grandsons have taught him ... We to go Disney Hall and sample the sound during an actual concert from all the performers’ perspectives. Surprise: the people with the best seats … are in the audience. ... Me..


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California's Gold cameraman opens up about working with Huell Howser


Published: Sat, 08 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMT
Summary: Local jazz legend Barbara Morrison celebrates the 100th birthday of Ella Fitzgerald, and gives a master class in scatting ... The band That Dog influenced bands like Weezer, so how come you haven't heard of them? That Dog's “Retreat From the Sun” turn..


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No April Fools in this show. Just real good stuff.


Published: Sat, 01 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMT
Summary: A veteran driver walks us through next week's Long Beach Grand Prix, and gives us his tips and peeves about driving in LA. ... A first-time film director says he learned a ton about making films working as a valet car parker at a Sunset Strip hotel. ... W..


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The Awesomeness of Off-Ramp


Published: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:00:00 GMT
Summary: To remind you why Off-Ramp is unparalleled in bringing you the people, places, and ideas that make Southern California a great place to live, here's a sample of our best pieces from the last year. With your contribution, we can do another year of great ra..


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Donna Fuller's albums are eBay gold, and her life is an Only in LA story


Published: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 07:00:00 GMT
Summary: “No blue skies and no green grass” is animator Genndy Tartakovsky’s rule for "Samurai Jack." He tells us about bringing back the wandering samurai (right) for Adult Swim. ... Meet jazz singer Donna Fuller, a sultry contralto who made two albums that..


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The many worlds of George Takei


Published: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 08:00:00 GMT
Summary: The remarkable George Takei gets the whole hour. We get an exclusive preview of JANM's new George Takei exhibit, talk with George himself about his life and times and his new role in the Sondheim musical “Pacific Overtures,” hear from "To Be Takei's" ..


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Angels Flight to fly again?


Published: Sat, 04 Mar 2017 08:00:00 GMT
Summary: Angels Flight to be back by Labor Day ... Back when cops weren’t supposed to smoke in uniform, and when a stolen car might be traced by the make of its battery or speedometer ... A Hammer show on an artist overshadowed by Pollack, De Kooning, and Rothk..


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Two cool new podcasts: Missing Richard Simmons and The Competition


Published: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT
Summary: Granted, the homeless make it hard to run a business near downtown LA’s Skid Row. But one man’s solution is raising eyebrows: spraying water on the sidewalk overnight. ... One of the local pianists in The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is..


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Art, donuts, Cheech, La Santa Cecilia, and a cool new bar.


Published: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT
Summary: Director Ava DuVernay on her new documentary about the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which banned slavery ... Backstage with La Santa Cecilia, a Grammy-winning L.A. band that tells modern stories with traditional music ... Frank Romero — inte..


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Saving sea lions, and listening to jazz at The Blue Whale


Published: Sat, 11 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT
Summary: We spend a day with the California Wildlife Center in Malibu, which rescues all kinds of animals, but this time of year helps the growing number of sea lions that strand themselves on the beach ... Marc Haefele applauds a new program that has LACMA puttin..


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Who was Oscar Levant? Even Homer Simpson knows


Published: Sat, 04 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT
Summary: The voice of Homer Simpson, Dan Castellaneta (RIGHT), is also a serious writer and his new play explores the inner life of one of the last century’s most intriguing talents: Oscar Levant. ... Off-Ramp commentator Dylan Brody has finally -- FINALLY -- so..


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From a warehouse in Compton to the tallest restaurant in the West ...


Published: Sat, 28 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT
Summary: You want an Only-in-LA story? Try this: a 78-year old Japanese-Brazilian-American artist (right) who works in Compton, was Marlon Brando's gardener, and got his first big break at the Hammer Museum last year. ... How would you feel about living in a murde..


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The Day After, in LA and DC


Published: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT
Summary: On the day after the Trump Inauguration, we go live to Washington DC and downtown LA to talk with participants in the two planned marches ... We’ll watch "Hidden Figures" with a woman and her mom … who happens to have been a NASA contractor. ... We ge..


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Goodbye to the Pink Lady and The Formosa; hello 8-Bit music and Joshua Tree


Published: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT
Summary: Lynne Westmore Bloom died last week. In 1966, her giant pink naked lady appeared over the Malibu Canyon tunnel, delighting many, and pissing off local officials. ... Sanden Totten, of science podcast Brains On, takes us to Joshua Tree and explains how its..


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Pastrami navelgazing at Langer's Deli, and a broadside aimed at hipster chefs


Published: Sat, 07 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT
Summary: Marc Haefele considers "Breaking News" at the Getty Center, which shows how broken newsgathering has often been; In "Broke," KPCC's Rina Palta and Priska Neely look at California's growing homeless problem; Taylor Orci talks pastrami and deli menus with N..


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Celebrate the New Year by celebrating Off-Ramp!


Published: Sat, 31 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT
Summary: It's the Off-Ramp 10th anniversary special: Off-Ramp Live. Harbor Party, Musker&Clements, David Whitfield, Rico Gagliano, Chris Redd, and much more, live onstage in downtown LA...


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Not your grandparents' A Christmas Carol


Published: Sat, 24 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT
Summary: A Christmas Carol Redux brings together all the good, bad, fun, and thoughtful aspects of Dickens' classic tale of redemption, which also almost singlehandedly created the modern Christmas holiday...


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Saving Lytton Savings and Remembering Alan Thicke


Published: Sat, 17 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT
Summary: We go to the Sunset Strip to see how activists are trying to save from demolition Lytton Savings, a beautiful Mid-Century Modern representation of the California Dream ... Baldwin Hills, Baldwin Ave, Baldwin Lake, Lucky Baldwin’s Pub -- so who was Baldw..


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Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Christmas Elf Agin


Published: Sat, 10 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT
Summary: Griffith Park is beloved and turns 120 Dec. 16, but its namesake was an alcoholic, murderous misanthrope who thought the pope was plotting against him ... A woman who's found herself homeless for the first time, at 77 ... If you love classical music on th..


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Why you would have hated drinking cocktails in 1966


Published: Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT
Summary: LACMA marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with a huge show, but leaves out one important fact: Martin Luther was a horrible anti-Semite ... The LA Zoo marks its 50th birthday with a 1966 cocktail party. Rabe and the way cool Toronado (R) also d..


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The seeker and the son ... the Institute of Mentalphysics in the High Desert


Published: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMT
Summary: The Institute of Mental Physics, founded near Joshua Tree as a sort of utopian society, happens to be the largest single collection of buildings designed by architect Lloyd Wright, the son of Frank Lloyd Wright. ... There have been many exhibits of Roy L..


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How caregivers cope on Thanksgiving


Published: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMT
Summary: Prepare to drool as Mario Batali gives us his Thanksgiving making turkey porchetta recipe ... We meet a woman who’ll spend Thanksgiving organizing dinner for her huge family, taking care of her elderly parents, and being the caregiver for a 91-year old ..


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Some election, but mostly NOT election


Published: Sat, 12 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMT
Summary: Pasadena's annual Doo Dah Parade is an artsy, easygoing alternative to the Rose Parade ... California’s coast stretches 840 miles, and has never been captured in one art exhibit, until now ... The LA Ladies Arm Wrestling Fall Brawl ... Comedian Danny Lo..


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Rhode Island Stuffies and Funeral Potatoes -- Mario Batali's Big American Cookbook


Published: Sat, 05 Nov 2016 07:00:00 GMT
Summary: Chef Mario Batali talks with us about his shoes, his White House dinner, and his newest cookbook ... Chicano art champion Cheech Marin on his newest traveling exhibit: Papel Chicano Dos ... We'll talk with the last surviving proposed cabinet member of the..


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For Halloween, scary stories you've never heard: A spooktacular Off-Ramp


Published: Sat, 29 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMT
Summary: This week, Off-Ramp finds out what’s under the bed when the lights go off. We're bringing back a KPCC In Person event from last year, where we read stories from "In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe," a collection of great old under-appreciated horror stori..


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Dark Shadows, LA in Legos, and Voting is like Getting Married?


Published: Sat, 22 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMT
Summary: “Dark Shadows” fans, cast, and crew are celebrating its 50th birthday next week in Hollywood. We mark the anniversary by bringing in one of the original stars, and one of the original fans. ... When LAPD officer Jorge Parra isn’t walking the beat in..


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Can Chris Thile save Prairie Home Companion?


Published: Sat, 15 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMT
Summary: John talks with 35-year old Chris Thile, who takes over as the new host of A Prairie Home Companion this weekend and hopes to bring in a younger audience, without scaring off older listeners. ... Anthony Hernandez: taking pictures for almost 50 years: Dow..


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A hairy tarantula, a giant monster, and traditional Samoan tattoos


Published: Sat, 08 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMT
Summary: KPCC photog Maya Sugarman lets a king snake slither around her neck, and John lets a reasonably friendly tarantula crawl up his arm ... It’s done by hand, is quite painful, and is very expensive. We'll take you to a Garden Grove shop that is one of the ..


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Off-Ramp Live!


Published: Sat, 01 Oct 2016 19:00:00 GMT
Summary: Off-Ramp celebrates 10 years on the air with show recorded before a live audience at the LA Theater Center in Downtown LA - Disney directors, yacht rock, and DPD's Rico Gagliano!..


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Cider Houses Rule, and the tallest restaurant in the West


Published: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMT
Summary: If it hardly rains here, why does NBC-4 need its new highly-promoted mobile Doppler radar truck? ... Chef Vartan Abgaryan’s last restaurant was Cliff’s Edge. And now he’s working at the top of the US Bank Tower. But he’s afraid of heights. ... All..


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Grand Central Market's crushing debt


Published: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMT
Summary: An in-depth look at Grand Central Market's history ... and $60m+ debt. Comedian Danny Lobell on the lure of the urban chicken. Brains On probes, very carefully, into carnivorous plants. Jesse Katz learns to cut a bagel. The people who VOLUNTEER to examin..


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Goodbye to the Pink Lady and The Formosa; hello 8-Bit music and Joshua Tree


Published: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT
Summary: Lynne Westmore Bloom died last week. In 1966, her giant pink naked lady appeared over the Malibu Canyon tunnel, delighting many, and pissing off local officials. ... Sanden Totten, of science podcast Brains On, takes us to Joshua Tree and explains how its..


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Pastrami navelgazing at Langer's Deli, and a broadside aimed at hipster chefs


Published: Sat, 07 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT
Summary: Marc Haefele considers "Breaking News" at the Getty Center, which shows how broken newsgathering has often been; In "Broke," KPCC's Rina Palta and Priska Neely look at California's growing homeless problem; Taylor Orci talks pastrami and deli menus with N..


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Celebrate the New Year by celebrating Off-Ramp!


Published: Sat, 31 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT
Summary: It's the Off-Ramp 10th anniversary special: Off-Ramp Live. Harbor Party, Musker&Clements, David Whitfield, Rico Gagliano, Chris Redd, and much more, live onstage in downtown LA...


Download | Episode Information

Not your grandparents' A Christmas Carol


Published: Sat, 24 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT
Summary: A Christmas Carol Redux brings together all the good, bad, fun, and thoughtful aspects of Dickens' classic tale of redemption, which also almost singlehandedly created the modern Christmas holiday...


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Saving Lytton Savings and Remembering Alan Thicke


Published: Sat, 17 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT
Summary: We go to the Sunset Strip to see how activists are trying to save from demolition Lytton Savings, a beautiful Mid-Century Modern representation of the California Dream ... Baldwin Hills, Baldwin Ave, Baldwin Lake, Lucky Baldwin’s Pub -- so who was Baldw..


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Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Christmas Elf Agin


Published: Sat, 10 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT
Summary: Griffith Park is beloved and turns 120 Dec. 16, but its namesake was an alcoholic, murderous misanthrope who thought the pope was plotting against him ... A woman who's found herself homeless for the first time, at 77 ... If you love classical music on th..


Download | Episode Information

Why you would have hated drinking cocktails in 1966


Published: Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT
Summary: LACMA marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with a huge show, but leaves out one important fact: Martin Luther was a horrible anti-Semite ... The LA Zoo marks its 50th birthday with a 1966 cocktail party. Rabe and the way cool Toronado (R) also d..


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The seeker and the son ... the Institute of Mentalphysics in the High Desert


Published: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMT
Summary: The Institute of Mental Physics, founded near Joshua Tree as a sort of utopian society, happens to be the largest single collection of buildings designed by architect Lloyd Wright, the son of Frank Lloyd Wright. ... There have been many exhibits of Roy L..


Download | Episode Information

How caregivers cope on Thanksgiving


Published: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMT
Summary: Prepare to drool as Mario Batali gives us his Thanksgiving making turkey porchetta recipe ... We meet a woman who’ll spend Thanksgiving organizing dinner for her huge family, taking care of her elderly parents, and being the caregiver for a 91-year old ..


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