Betty White and Yuri Lowenthal - Off-Ramp 6-4-2011

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Papaya King, the well-known New York hot dog stand, has opened in Hollywood. Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with LA's first family of hot dogs, Pink's, to see if they're worried about losing -- sorry -- top dog status. CLICK THROUGH for the new address to Papaya King!
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1/7/2012 UPDATE: The LA Zoo is celebrating Betty White's 90th birthday this month with a cake for the first 900 people through the gate and a special scavenger hunt. Betty won't be there; she's too busy! We taped this interview last summer. It's true, and when she's petting the tapir, she's thinking about the koala, and possibly the elephant. Betty White, America's sweetheart and author of the memoir "If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won't)," talks with KPCC's John Rabe about the LA Zoo (and its upcoming Beastly Ball fundraiser), acting in "Advise and Consent" under Otto Preminger, and about looking like a grandma.

Anime's 40-year old teenager: Yuri Lowenthal

Off-Ramp animation expert Charles Solomon talks with the voice behind the animated characters any ten-year boy knows: Yuri Lowenthal.
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The Los Angeles Police Historical Society in Highland Park is home to all kinds of police memorabilia: bomb squad gear, historic photos... But this year there's a new exhibit on the infamous Symbionese Liberation Army: it opened this past March, and Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson went down to check it out.
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Covering the 1974 SLA Shootout - With Bullets Overhead

Jim Mitchell was one of the many reporters in the KFWB newsroom. John Rabe talks with him about his scariest story -- covering the SLA Shooutout with the LAPD from just feet away.

Bob Kholos on the SLA

Mayor Bradley came into office as the SLA, the Symbionese Liberation Army, was making headlines. Bob Kholos talks about the SLA's bloody shoot-out with the LAPD in 1974. And John Rabe talks to radio reporter Jim Mitchell, who gave a play-by-play of the shoot out.
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Haefele on Si Cuba Photo Exhibit at Getty Center

Off-Ramp correspondent Marc Haefele reviews "A Revolutionary Project: Cuba from Walker Evans to Now," at the Getty Center through October 2. It's part of ¡Sí Cuba! Socal, a celebration of Cuban arts and culture that runs until October. CLICK THROUGH for a link.

Mimi Pond: "Bridesmaids" lets women be human

Off-Ramp commentator Mimi Pond is reasonably high-minded, but possibly her favorite scene in the new movie "Bridesmaids" involves beautifully dressed women, in a luxurious salon, upchucking. Why? Because it goes against the male-devised female stereotype.
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Historian Robert Lacey on Arabia 3D

A new IMAX movie opened recently that immerses viewers in the culture, history and landscape of Saudi Arabia. Historian Robert Lacey wrote two books about the kingdom and consulted on the film, called "Arabia 3D". He spoke with KPCC's Susanne Whatley.
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