Why the Blue Line Kills - Off-Ramp 2-26-2011

With the passing of Frank Buckles this Sunday, an era has ended. No more "doughboys" to bear witness to America's role in The War to End All Wars. George Henry Johnson, California's last World War One vet, died August 30, 2006, at 112 ... but not before giving a spirited interview to KPCC's Tamara Keith. When Tamara talked with him, he was still mad about being drafted.
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The Metro Blue Line runs from Downtown LA to Downtown Long Beach. It's one of the most popular light rail trains in the nation. But it's also one of the deadliest, having killed its 103rd person this past Tuesday. Off-Ramp's Kevin Ferguson asks why the line has such a dangerous record, and what can be done to save more lives.
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Free Advice From This Old House Experts

To justify going to the This Old House wrap party in Silverlake (the site of the show's first LA show), and drinking free Pacifico's, Off-Ramp host John Rabe asks Kevin O'Connor, Richard Trethewey, and Norm Abram for their best home renovation advice. (CLICK THROUGH for Norm's encounter with Harison Ford, actor and cabinetmaker, and for a link to a This Old House bootie call.)
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Best of the Wurst - Sausages with Eat-LA

In another installment of our partnership with Eat-LA, host John Rabe and Eat-LA's Linda Burum visit Continental Gourmet Sausage Company in Glendale, and talk about other resources for the the best sausages in LA ... from German to Polish to Creole.
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Lonely Wolverine Still in California

Three years after he was first spotted, and 89 years since the last of his kind was trapped here, the state's only wolverine is still stalking the Sierra Nevada. Off-Ramp Host John Rabe speaks with Bill Zielinski, a carnivore specialist with the US Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Research Station, about the only known wolverine wandering California. CLICK THROUGH for a link to a real wolverine movie.
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Staying overnight in the Sleep Lab

When the sun sets in Los Angeles, there's more to the city than just quiet streets, night watchmen, and 24 hour diners. Off-Ramp's Kevin Ferguson visited the sleep lab at the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica.

RIP Harold Legaux, co-owner Harold & Belle's Creole Restaurant

Harold Legaux died Monday of cancer at the age of 61. In the LA Times, his business partner called him "an extremely particular food person ... as fine a restaurant operator as any major restaurateur in Los Angeles.” His parents founded the LA landmark Harold & Belle's in 1969 on West Jefferson. In this review from 2009, Off-Ramp contributor Steve Wasser said you really should go if you consider yourself a connoisseur of LA's rich and diverse culture. CLICK THROUGH for a link to Harold and Belle's site.
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Sammy Rabbit Says to Students: Start Saving!

Tess Vigeland -- host of Marketplace Money -- drops in on the KIPP Raices Academy in East Los Angeles to learn about its money education program. It's aimed at Kindergarten through Second Grade classes. 40 students learned about saving money from family-finance author Sam Renick and costumed-sidekick Sammy Rabbit. CLICK THROUGH to see Sam and Sammy in action with students.
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This week on Dinner Party Dowload, with Rico and Brendan: Carrie Brownstein of the TV show “Portlandia!” … the biggest flop in Broadway history ... how to mix the worst cocktail in history … and the best place to eat French fries.
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