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Endeavour In Hanger At LAX

What old Rome's triumphal parades say about the Endeavour parade

The LA Times Architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne writes, "In parading Endeavour along our boulevards, LA is in some striking ways reenacting one of the oldest public celebrations in Western urban history, the Roman triumph."
Newpark Mats Shuttle Endeavour

Newpark Mats smooth Shuttle Endeavour's ride

It'd look pretty stupid if Endeavour made it all the way from LAX, and through South LA only to get stuck on the lawn at the California Science Center. The answer: DURA-BASE mats, made by Newpark Mats.
Endeavour In Hanger At LAX
From the Challenger disaster, to the birth and triumph of Endeavour, to its last flight to LA, listen as KPCC's Molly Peterson and Off-Ramp recount highlights of Space Shuttle history.
Esso's Green Book

Green Book guided black drivers in Jim Crow era

Dr. Foster was a black man on his way to LA. He'd just left the South, but not segregation, and as one sympathetic motel owner told him, "If we let you in, all the other motel owners would ostracize us."
Mercer 9099

A man who drinks olive oil, a woman who hates fussy foodies. It's EatLA

Why fresh is an attribute you should demand in your olive oil. Why obsessive foodies should be punched in the face. Plus, Colleen remembers her first meal at the almost late-great Campanile.
Ruxandra Guidi bio photo

Hugo Chavez v. Henrique Capriles re: Venezuela's future

Today, SoCal Venezuelans will trek to San Francisco to vote. President Hugo Chavez seeks another term; how will Henrique Capriles fair?
Disney Acquires Marvel Comics For $4 Billion

Zak Penn stops by KPCC's Crawford Family Forum

Zak Penn, on superheroes like Rogue: "In a real world setting, it’s not fun when you accidentally kill everyone that you touch."

In a small town, at least people know you. Liking is optional.

The day we moved in, the old white-haired mayor drove out to Schuylerville's town sign with a bucket of paint and, in a Norman Rockwell moment, amended it to say, "Population 954 ... and some Jews."
Sarah Paul & Craig Weiss of CBS/"Star Trek: The Next Generation" restoration
The intent, CBS says, was always to stick with the original vision, not to pull a George Lucas and re-imagine the thing millions of Trekkies around the world have come to love.
"Star Trek: The Next Generation's" Dr. Beverly Crusher, Gates McFadden.

TNG XXV - Rod Roddenberry and Gates McFadden

Roddenberry says at first he hated his teenage summer working on the TNG set; McFadden tells a wonderful story about when TNG's impact on fans finally hit home.