Off-Ramp host John Rabe and contributors share thoughts on arts, culture, and life in L.A.

Watch AND listen to Shackleton documentaries


This week on Off-Ramp, we’re broadcasting my NPR documentary, “Walking Out of History,” which uses the voices of the survivors of Shackleton’s “Endurance” expedition, mixed with readings from crew memoirs and diaries, and interviews with modern day explorers Ann Bancroft and Will Steger.

There are also a number of good video versions. Here’s a good one, which appears to be unavailable elsewhere.

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Photo: Frank Hurley

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Big Scary Waves off the coast of France

As you can tell by this week's Off-Ramp, which tells the story of Shackleton's "Endurance" expedition, I like big weather. In the right conditions, I even like being in it. But THIS I prefer to view second-hand:

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Still looking for Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas? John Rabe asks the best chefs in LA.

I’ve begun an Off-Ramp web page featuring interviews with foodies like Providence owner/chef Michael Cimarusti and LA Times food editor Russ Parsons. They give us some great Thanksgiving food ideas, and reminisce about their best and worst Thanksgivings. Dinner Party Download also weighs in with memories and mischief.

I've also added a recipe for Pigtails and Sauerkraut, which is apparently big in Baltimore.

Check it out and add your own Thanksgiving thoughts, recipes, and memories.

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There's Something About Mary (Poppins)


Team KPCC had a great time at “Mary Poppins” at the Ahmanson Theatre Sunday night. It’s the national tour production of the classic film.

I brought my recorder along, spoke with co-director and choreographer Matthew Bourne and some of the cast members, and hung out at the after-party long enough to hear the songwriters, new and old, gather around the piano for an English music hall-type rendition of "Jolly Holiday" and "Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious.”

That’s all in this Off-Ramp web-only special, which includes a lot of stuff there just won’t be room for on the air.

KPCC’s Steve Julian interviewed Ashley Brown, who plays Mary, and he tells me that q+a will probably air on this Friday’s Morning Edition.

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(Photo: Ashley Brown as Mary Poppins. Credit: Disney/CML/JOAN MARCUS.)

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