Note from John: When I worked in Fort Myers, FL, we had a commentator named Bob Marland, who had lived a wild and wonderful life. He looked like a standard-issue retiree, but he had owned a cattle ranch and rode roundups, owned and ran radio stations, kept a bottle of Cutty in the back of his pickup and raised hell, became a Lt Col in the Air Force and knew Jimmy Stewart, and much more. He recorded this story -- about attempted murder among settlers in Western Nebraska -- some time in 1991.
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.
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.
A Noise Within opened its 2009-2010 repertory season this weekend with Shakespeare's Richard III, and they didn't set it during World War One, or have Brian Eno design the sets, or have everyone dress as spaniels. Here's the long version of Off-Ramp host John Rabe's interview with cast and crew, including part of the nasty, creepy, famous wooing scene. ... And the short version we'll play on Off-Ramp this weekend. UPDATE: For our Halloween Off-Ramp, we've added the creepy, disgusting wooing scene, in which Richard wins the hand of lady Anne -- the woman he's just widowed. It's revolting, and well played. Just click on the third piece of audio above.
Bats get a bad reputation - especially around Halloween - so bat rehabber Deborah Crough tries to educate people about how the furry mammals help our local environment. Off-Ramp contributor Jackson Musker flitted down to Deborah’s Long Beach home, put on some gloves, and met two of the bats in her care. (Click on the second audio link above for a web exclusive demonstration of how to pick up a fallen bat!)
When he was a teacher's aide, Hank Rosenfeld had a lot of time to think about kids and books. (Hank is currently touring with his own book, which he wrote with the late-great screenwriter Irv Brecher, called "The Wicked Wit of the West: The Last Great Golden Age Screenwriter Shares the Hilarity and Heartaches of Working With Groucho, Garland, Gleason, Burns, Berle, Benny, and many more." Come inside for details...
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)
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)
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.
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)
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