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Off-Ramp is a weekly look at Southern California life through the eyes and ears of radio veteran John Rabe, covering news, arts and culture, and more.More from Off-Ramp »

Most Recent Episodes

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

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 — interviewed by Cheech Marin — finally has his first major museum retrospective ... Another date that "lives in infamy:" when FDR ordered the imprisonment of 120-thousand Japanese-Americans 75 years ago this weekend ... Girl at the White Horse, a brand new cocktail bar at Sunset and Western, owned by the son of the Shah of Iran's social secretary.

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

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 putting on exhibits in other museums around the Southland ... The Blue Whale, now one of Southern California's hippest spots for live jazz ... How to celebrate Valentine's Day without paying a fortune for a fixed-price meal.

Who was Oscar Levant? Even Homer Simpson knows

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 — sold one of his comedy specials. ... And we'll take you to a tiny thrift store that's been supporting the work of the Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic for almost 20 years.

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

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 murder house? It's in Silver Lake, and we talk to the tenants. ... We ride the elevator 71 floors to talk with the owner and chef of the tallest restaurant in the West. Take a virtual tour inside Elizabeth Taylor's home with photographer Catherine Opie, who got exclusive access to 700 Nimes Road.

The Day After, in LA and DC

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 get another Do It Yourself film festival from critic Tim Cogshell. This one includes "Live Nude Girls," "Living Out Loud," and "The Quick and the Dead."

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

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 shrubs, animals, and Joshua Trees survive. ... The Formosa Café just closed, so we'll talk about its role as a creative shorthand for evoking the glamour of Old Hollywood. ... 8-Bit music, the sound of old school video games, is s now a genre for musicians who like its simplicity and the era it evokes. We'll tell you about an 8-bit music festival happening this weekend in LA.

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

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

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 Norm Langer; and Gustavo Arellano tells hipster chefs to look away from Mexico for inspiration in 2017.

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

Celebrate the New Year by celebrating Off-Ramp!

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.

Not your grandparents' A Christmas Carol

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.

Saving Lytton Savings and Remembering Alan Thicke

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 Baldwin? ... We check back in with the 77-year old woman who finds herself homeless for the holidays for the first time in her life ... And Rachel Bloom joins our annual reading of "The Night Before Christmas" with Salman Rushdie, Larry Mantle, Kathleen Turner, and NPR's Sylvia Poggioli.

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