LeVar Burton, Mr. Cultural Touchstone. Off-Ramp for December 8, 2012

"It must have been an incredible burden for you as an actor," I said, "to be the son of Richard Burton." "Well," LeVar Burton responded, "he is what we referred to as the white sheep of the family."

Gordon and the Spider, a cautionary tale

Last time we talked with KPCC's Gordon Henderson, it was about a giant snake. This time, a giant spider.

A Charlie Brown Christmas almost didn't get aired

Bill Melendez said when he read in the script that Linus would recite the Gospel according to St. Luke, he told Charles Schulz, "This is religion. It just doesn't go in a cartoon." Schulz looked at him very coldly and said, "Bill, if we don't do it, who will?"
A Christmas story from Dylan Brody, the playwright, humorist, author, and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. (The story was recorded at Friday Entertainment and The Improvisation in Hollywood, and appears on Brody's CD "True Enough.")
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Simpsons' Matt Groening on Huell Howser's retirement

Just last month, TV host Huell Howser announced his retirement. Matt Groening — the creator of the Simpsons — proudly admits he's one of Huell's biggest fans.

Mantle, Carolla, Rushdie, & Howser do Xmas

Where else will you find Larry Mantle, Salman Rushdie, Huell Howser, Kathleen Turner, and Sylvia Poggioli working together but in rendering Clement Moore's "A Visit from St Nicholas" for your ears? It's our non-denominational holiday card to you!
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