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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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    • 4.9 • 27 Ratings

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.

    Don't make me stop this car! (The Off-Ramp Finale)

    Don't make me stop this car! (The Off-Ramp Finale)

    It all happens in John's car: Tom Petty's keyboardist, Benmont Tench and his Casio get in the back seat to play a very Off-Rampy song ... Queena Kim conducts a creativity masterclass ... Food writer Russ Parsons brings pie ... Charles Phoenix & Chris Nichols on the joys of getting lost in SoCal ... And Mayor Garcetti challenges John to a backgammon game. (PHOTO: On old off-ramp from the Arroyo Seco Parkway. Credit: John Rabe)

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

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

    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 Association and songwriter for Elvis ... Lou Adler on the 50th anniversary the Monterey Pop Music Festival ... And Off-Ramp's last producer remembers the first time ever he heard our show. (Image: John Rabe)

    • 49 min
    Neil deGrasse Tyson and Grassroots Trans Pride

    Neil deGrasse Tyson and Grassroots Trans Pride

    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 Museum's "The Evanesced," inspired by a notorious South LA serial killer, celebrates black women's lives. ... Hank Rosenfeld's card to his late father.



    We'll hear a poignant Father's Day card from contributor Hank Rosenfeld. Hank plays tape of him and his late father – a World War Two vet and shoe store magnate - driving around their hometown, talking about life.

    • 48 min
    What color are these Muppets? A little blue.

    What color are these Muppets? A little blue.

    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 homeless Crenshaw Cowboy by his spaceship ... And rescuing The Formosa Cafe, a piece of Hollywood history. (Photo: Cypress Park, June 2017. John Rabe)

    • 48 min
    The quaint husband wife business of 1-800-AUTOPSY

    The quaint husband wife business of 1-800-AUTOPSY

    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 through her own notes and letters she left behind... Taylor Orci guest hosts and she's filled with joy about the whole thing. (Photo: Vidal Herrera)

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

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

    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 spoilers. (Photo: David Lynch, 2016, by John Rabe)

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

BikeL.A. ,

Undiscovered L.A.

I've lived in Los Angeles for more than 30 years, but I've never heard of the overwhelming majority of persons, places or things explored on "Off-Ramp." That's a tribute to the vastness and diversity of life in this city, and to John Rabe for uncovering these topics. The show is entertaining, instructive and at times, quite moving. I love that I can listen to it via podcasts.

Redlands to Chicago ,

Wonderfully understated show...

Reminiscent of Studs Terkel...in its delivery and subject matter.

Editjd ,

Five Stars...Subscribed

Most everyone has an opinion about LA. Usually it's a traffic comment. Finally, John Rabe helps us out of that rut.

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