Eat Pray Love On Off-Ramp for 9-11-2010

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Al-Salaam Polleria: Where cultures converge

When you're driving down Whittier Boulevard in East Los Angeles, look for the huge fiberglass rooster sitting on a roof. It's the Al-Salaam Polleria. It's a live-poultry shop that sells halal chickens slaughtered according to Muslim dietary laws. What's a halal chicken shop doing in a mostly Latino neighborhood? Sabiha Khan reports for Off-Ramp.
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Vintage Jerry Brown Parody Ads

Meg Whitman's attack ads reminded me of the parody spots I wrote a few years ago, when Jerry Brown first ran for state attorney general. Switch "attorney general" for "Governor" and they still work.
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Vox Pop: One true love?

Off-Ramp intern Bridget Read asked passers-by one of the eternal questions: "Is there one, and only one, true love per person?"

(For Mary and Nick Roman, KPCC's Senior News Editor, it's been 25 years! Photo by Patricia Nazario.)

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Dan Walters is now the Sacramento Bee's political columnist. He's been there since 1984, an admirable tenure for anyone. But his career in newspapers goes back much further. He broke into the business as a copy boy, in 1960. Off-Ramp host John Rabe talked with Walters about the old, new, and future days. (This is the long version of the interview.)

Photo: News stand in Hollywood, 1960. (Credit: LAPL/William Reagh)

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Hearing and Learning to Play the Shofar

UPDATE: We're reposting this segment for Rosh Hashanah, which begins at sunset on Wednesday, September 28.

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The Jewish month of Elul begins at sunset on Monday, August 9th. Every day during Elul, until Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, observant Jews will want to hear the shofar, the animal horn.

Michael Chusid, Angelino and author of "Hearing Shofar: The Still Small Voice of the Ram’s Horn," joins Off-Ramp host John Rabe in the Crawford Family Forum to teach us about the shofar ... and teach John how to play it.

COME INSIDE for a link to Michael's book.

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CyberFrequencies and the Father of Virtual Reality

CyberFrequencies is Off-Ramp's look at life on the web, from Queena Kim and Tanya Miller.
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50 Years with the Wimbledon of Beach Volleyball

Let's head to the beach with Off-Ramp's beach correspondent, Brian Watt.
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Mark Peel -- chef-owner of Campanile, The Point, and Tar Pit; first chef-de-cuisine at Spago; celebrity chef; and good explainer -- has joined Team Off-Ramp as a regular commentator. He'll be talking about food, and giving us the inside view of restaurants. This time, he explains how restaurant staffs handle tipping.
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Lou Adler's one "failure" -- The Fabulous Stains

By 1981, Lou Adler had a huge pile of successes, from managing Jan and Dean, to co-producing Monterey Pop, to winning the Grammy for "Tapestry," to discovering Cheech and Chong. Then, as he tells Alex Ben Block of the Hollywood reporter, came the movie, "Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains." It was a commercial flop but an underground success.
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The Pasadena Roving Archers

Pasadena's Lower Arroyo Seco Park is a great place to walk along a river, sit under tree and shoot an arrow.
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On the train with Metrolink CEO John Fenton

KPCC's Brian Watt boards a train in San Bernadino to talk with Metrolink CEO John Fenton. Come inside for a Flickr slideshow!
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