Off-Ramp for March 27, 2010

Passover in the Desert

UPDATE: This piece is from the 2010 Off-Ramp archive KPCC's John Rabe talks with two men who will be spending Passover -- which starts Monday evening -- in the desert. To get back to their religious roots, Michael Chusid and Marc Weigensberg and up to forty other Jews will gather at a spot somewhere in the Mojave for several days. Away from the distractions of the modern world, they'll experience a Passover much more as their spiritual ancestors did, and not incidentally get closer to the earth. COME INSIDE for a link to their group's website, and an explanation of the tent, above.
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"Dot Conned' -- Diana Grove Scams the Cyber-Scammers

You've gotten those scam emails from the Nigerian prince who will give you his inheritance if you send him your checking account number? Well author Diana Grove almost got caught up in one of those scams. But instead of getting mad, she got even!

Grove tells CyberFrequencies co-hosts Queena Kim and Tanya Jo Miller that she answered every scam mail that came her way. Her goal: to get the Cyber Scammers mad by weaving outrageous tales of why they need to give her money!

Cyber Avatars John Rabe and Karen Fritsche give a dramatic readings of "Dot Conned".

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Carl Jung's celebrated Red Book may be influential and even beautiful, but according to John Rabe, it's hardly his funniest book. COME INSIDE for details.
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Some musicians you have to coax to talk -- or play. They're too shy or they're afraid they won't play perfectly. But talk and music just pour out of Naoko Takada, the Japan-born marimbist whose height is inversely proportional to her talent. She did her interview with Off-Ramp host John Rabe standing at the marimba that dominates her Los Angeles livingroom. Come see her play for free Sunday, March 28th, at 7pm, at a free concert at UCLA's Royce Hall, as West Los Angeles Symphony maestro Sir Angel Romero conducts Kevin Puts's Marimba Concerto. (Also on the program: San Diego Symphony principal harpist Julie Ann Smith performs with the orchestra.) COME INSIDE for more info and an exclusive Off-Ramp movie of Takada in action.
Anna Russell turned a lemon - her damaged singing voice - into lemonade for hundreds of thousands of adoring fans for decades. Marc Haefele says she's the perfect prelude (or antidote) to the upcoming Ring Cycle in Los Angeles.
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Humaira Shahid is a journalist and a former Pakistani legislator who has been an advocate for women’s rights.

She’s been in the U.S. this year as a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard. During that time. she's lobbied on Capitol Hill, speaking to lawmakers like Senator Barbara Boxer about U.S. policy towards Pakistan.

In Pakistan, Shahid wrote laws banning forced marriages and asset crimes like private money lending, where women are used as collateral for loans.

KPCC’s Molly Peterson caught up with Shahid as she lectured in Southern California as a visiting scholar at Deep Springs College.

Brian Watt visits an Eco Village in LA

An eco-village is a sustainable community where neighbors know each other well and together grow food and make decisions. There are tens of thousands of these “eco-villages” across the world, including the one KPCC’s Brian Watt visited in Los Angeles. (Brian’s piece was originally produced for The Tavis Smiley Show, which airs Friday nights at 11 here on 89.3-KPCC.)
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