Off-Ramp for October 24, 2009

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R.H. Greene's new Dracula memoir, "Incarnadine"

Writer R.H. Greene moved from LA to Bulgaria, close to the Romanian border, to write "Incarnadine, the True Memoirs of Count Dracula," which gets to the the legend's historical, emotional, and literary roots. The first piece of audio is an exclusive long version of the interview. The second is the shorter version we're airing for the Halloween edition of Off-Ramp. Come inside for info on his Book Soup reading.

Before the Wall - John's Parents Marry in Berlin

Today, Off-Ramp marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with a trip deep into John Rabe's family archives. In this piece, filed for Savvy Traveler back in 1999, John traces his late mother's and father's footsteps in 1950s Germany. The piece, which John calls one of the best things he's ever done, includes rare audio from his collection, classified documents, and family letters that date back sixty or more years. Come inside for a link to the companion website that includes photos and more.

Victorian Mourners at Heritage Square

This weekend, get the real flavor of Victorian mourning at Heritage Square Museum, in Highland Park off the 110. KPCC's John Rabe talks with volunteers who dress in traditional mourning at the collection of old historical houses from LA's past: Meghan Ims, who makes hair jewelry, Andrea Mauk, who sits shiva at the museum, and Jordan Matthew Albert, who fashions himself as a "gentleman debunker."
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Marv Wolfman took Dracula places nobody have ever imagined when he started writing issues of The Tomb of Dracula for Marvel. The New Teen Titans and Vigilante are other highlights in a long career. In the first audio item, KPCC's Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with Wolfman about Drac and the others in this Off-Ramp exclusive long-form interview. The second piece of audio is the shorter broadcast version.
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Contradancing: A Living, Swinging Tradition

Every weekend in LA, hundreds of people gather to participate in the oldest dance in the American canon—Contradancing. This isn't a reenactment; it's a living tradition, and it's open to all comers. Correspondent Jackson Musker put on his dancing shoes and joined the throng at a recent Contradance in Brentwood led by longtime caller Susan Michaels. (READ ON FOR VIDEOS AND SLIDESHOW)
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Dinner Party Download

Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan pulls out his organ... We get a hangul on Korean literate-ture... and "Food, Inc" director Robert Kenner gives Rico an industrial food complex.
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CyberFrequencies: The World Gone to Pot?

Can Pot Make the World a Better Place? This week the US Government has pledged not to prosecute medical marijuana vendors or users. That's great news for Dann Halem, who runs a marijuana delivery service that uses Twitter to publish its menu. His goal is to sell enough pot to give away $10K grants to artists. CyberFrequencies takes a look at his high-minded intentions. (READ ON...)
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