Coming Up: Happy 8th Birthday, Off-Ramp - August 9, 2014

The best of 8 years of Off-Ramp, including "The Ashes of Oakridge," the giant scissors of LA County, Carey McWilliams, and riding a motorbike with Susan Carpenter!

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Sound of Los Angeles

Listener Quinn Kiesow sent us an email last week saying, "About a month ago I took to the streets of Los Angeles with a microphone and began recording the sounds of my city." The result? A song he calls "Los Angeles."
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Hank Rosenfeld Can't Skate Backwards

But that won't keep Hank from watching the Mighty Ducks face-off against Red Wings in the fifth game of the Stanley Cup conference finals at his favorite barstool in Santa Monica.
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The Man Who Made Plants Sexy

The Huntington Library and Botanical Garden is celebrating the 300th birthday of Carl Linnaeus, the man who created the system for naming plants and animals.
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Compost It

The City of Los Angeles wants you to compost. To help, the Bureau of Sanitation is selling high-tech compost bins at near wholesale prices.

May the Force be With You

The Star Wars convention is taking place in Los Angeles this week. KPCC Board Operator Dale Hoppert tells us he has a small place in Star Wars history.

To Seed or Not to Seed

KPCC's Molly Peterson reports on the city's efforts to bring back the vegetation at Griffith Park after the fire.

Inner-City Academic Athletes

Los Angeles Magazine writer Jesse Katz followed Jordan High School to the Academic Decathlon. There was no storybook ending but their journey says a lot about the state of the LAUSD.

Smells like Smog

Kate Sullivan says it's great that kids will grow up knowing what blue skies really look like. But LA Weekly's music editor also laments that those kids won't be able to relate to songs inspired by LA smog.

Reporter's Roundtable

KPCC reporter Frank Stoltze sheds light on the investigation of the May Day melee.
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Note from Off-Ramp

Wildfires attacked two beloved Southern California oasis this week - Griffith Park and Catalina Island - and once again we have to adjust to seeing ash and char instead of plants and calm.