Hard Times Get Harder - Off-Ramp 9-24-11

LA Regional Food Bank as poverty barometer

The latest US Census numbers show more Americans are living under the poverty line than at any time in the last 52 years, when they started keeping track of the statistic. This was no surprise to Michael Flood, head of the LA Regional Food Bank, who met Off-Ramp host John Rabe in the warehouse of the Food Bank's South L.A. headquarters.

Jim Meskimen, world's greatest impressionist

Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with Jim Meskimen, man of a thousand voices, including Robin Williams, Kirk Douglas, Charleton Heston, Woody Allen, and Droopy Dog.

FIDM's "Fabulous" shows best of fashion museum

Aspiring painters go to the Louvre, student architects go to the Ennis House, and young fashion designers can go to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising's museum in downtown Los Angeles, home to thousands of pieces of clothing, dating back centuries. FIDM curator Kevin Jones showed Off-Ramp's John Rabe the museum's newest exhibit, a ten-year retrospective. (Listen for the fashion fetish that became a collector's dream.)
Great Wall of Los Angeles

Great Wall of Los Angeles gets revamped

The Great Wall of Los Angeles in Van Nuys is one of the longest murals in the country. Stretching for over half a mile, the wall tells the most complete history of Los Angeles it can — from ice age fauna all the way to the baby boom. This project began when Judy Baca, once the director of the City of Los Angeles mural program, saw the greater potential in a stark concrete wall.

Angel City Jazz Festival

On Off-Ramp this week, we featured just one band -- Todd Sickafoose & Tiny resistors -- from the many appearing at the 2011 Angel City Jazz Festival. Check out the link for even more, and the venues they'll be playing at across LA through Oct. 2.
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Only a third of California's farm workers have a high school diploma or more, and another third only have an elementary school education. With funding from private donations and the U.S. Department of Education, Project Avanzando helps farmworkers get their GEDs.
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Powerful letter calls Downtown rail project into question

This is the story on the power one letter has over local government, when it's written by the right person. Off-Ramp Producer Kevin Ferguson talked with transit advocacy blogger Damien Newton about that letter, and how it threatens to put on hold the Downtown Regional Connector, one of the LA County Transit's most ambitious rail projects.
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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.

KPCC's law and order reporter Frank Stoltze talks with cold case LAPD detective Rick Jackson and crime novelist Michael Connelly.
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