5 dads in Echo Park, Yacht Rock, and burger squash - Off-Ramp for July 5, 2014

Miss the fireworks? A listener helps out.

A listener sends in a great recording of fireworks from his North Long Beach rooftop.
Louis Zamperini

Louis Zamperini's Epic Life Story

Epic in the most literal sense possible: Zamperini's life plays out like a grandiose American hero's tale. Louis Zamperini is a living legend you probably have never heard of, but you've seen his name everywhere. Listen to the on-air version by clicking on the first icon, listen to the whole Olympic Panel by clicking on the second!
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Paul Mazursky, 84. Director of 'Harry & Tonto' & 'Down & Out in Beverly Hills'

Dictector Paul Mazursky died Monday. He was 84. Here is Off-Ramp contributor R.H. Greene's appreciation of Mazursky, filed in 2011.

Animator Floyd Norman, from Disney to 'Fat Albert'

Off-Ramp contributor CJ Greenspon profiles Disney's first black animator, Floyd Norman, who also helped create 'Fat Albert.'
As AnimeExpo descends on LA, Roland Kelts talks about how shifting demographics in Japan are leading to a change in how anime and manga are developed and marketed.
Harbor Party, a yacht rock group, includes lead singer Landon Beard; Alex "Huntington Newport") Ellis, backing vocals; John Schroeder, guitar; Jack Kovacs, bass; Dan Reckard, keyboard & sax; Ben Rose and Sam Brawner, drums. Photographed at Rockwell in Los

LA band Harbor Party pays tribute to Yacht Rock

Landon Beard, Harbor Party's lead singer, says yacht rock (The Doobies and Eagles, Steely Dan) may seem fluffy, but the tunes are complex and surprisingly difficult to play.
Brando Skyhorse, author of "The Madonnas of Echo Park," talks with John Rabe about his new memoir, "Take This Man," which details his often-awful upbringing in Echo Park.
Marlon Brando Smiling In Suit

4 things you probably didn't know about Marlon Brando

July 1 of this year marks the 10th anniversary of actor Marlon Brando’s death. Here are a few things to surprise you about this master thespian.
Vietnam Baez Comes Back

Joan Baez: Don't talk during my concerts!

Baez is performing July 3 at the Greek Theatre in Los Feliz and in anticipation of her show, Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson got her on the phone.

The American Way: Freedom, liberty and buying stuff

As the finance guy collated papers, I asked, "Do you know the difference between freedom and liberty?" He looked at me like I'd said I had a bomb under my shirt.
New NPR President Jarl Mohn, with KPCC's Stephanie O'Neill and John Rabe, and NPR's David Folkenflik.

In-depth with NPR's new president, Jarl Mohn

John Rabe talks with new NPR President Jarl Mohn, who has been a top radio DJ, a guiding force at MTV and VH1, and now promises to raise the kind of money NPR deserves.
Vaka Burger
The L.A. Times' Russ Parsons says that while convivial and a summer favorite, the grill is too uneven and prone to flare-ups. Use a cast iron skillet or griddle.
Do the right thing
The race riots critics said “Do the Right Thing” would cause never materialized. It took the real world, a viral video, and the Rodney King beating to make Spike Lee's prophecy come true.
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