Off-Ramp for December 16, 2006

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Christmas Coral

Off-Ramp commentator Milton Love and his elves bring John the gift of Christmas Coral.
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A Christmas Parable

Queena Kim runs into Father Gregory Boyle of Homeboy Industries and asks him to share a Homie parable about the true meaning of Christmas.
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On The Mall

Self-described "histo-tainer" Charles Pheonix is at Alhambra's Apocryphal to talk about the history of the mall.
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Auld Lang Syne

Kevin Roderick tells us about the grand old store, Bullock's Wilshire.

Cinema Smackdown

Andy Klein and Charles Solomon drop by to offer their live action and animated movie gift ideas.

A Moment with "Andy Rooney"

The 60-minute veteran makes a surprise appearance on Off-Ramp to give his take on the spirit of Christmas.
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Sister at the Mall

Queena Kim catches up with Sister (a.k.a. Maripat Donovan) at the mall.
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Chinese Christmas

The 47th annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration takes place on Christmas Eve and the Chinese Classical Music Ensemble is one of the acts that'll be performing. Queena Kim met up with composer Zhiming Han and musician Cynthia Hsiang.

The Glamorous Afterlife

Pete Escovedo and his daughter Sheila E. talk about their musical family and upcoming Christmas concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Christmas in Prison

Abel Salas visited 17-year-old Eric Aguilar at the Yucaipa Valley Facility for Minors. Produced by Queena Kim

The Science of Happiness

Many people call the holiday season "the most wonderful time of the year," but for others it can be a time of depression and loneliness. Steven Cuevas looks into what's behind the holiday blues.

Party's Over

John and Queena get busted at the Alhambra's Apocryphal Mall.
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WEB EXTRA: Your comments

We've asked you to send in your thoughts about the show and really, anything else that's on your mind. Listener Barbara Fasiska sends this picture of Spillers Record Store in Wales, which is considered the world's oldest record store. The store is at risk of closing. Message from Barbara: I was listening to KPCC yesterday and heard the story about Spillers Records likely having to close after being in the same location since 1912. I thought I remembered taking a picture of an old record store when my husband and I were sightseeing in Cardiff, Wales with our daughter and her friend in March 2001. I found my photo album of our trip and, sure enough, there was the picture of Spillers Records. I thought you might like to see it.
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