Black widow spiders flee the city! Off-Ramp for April 26, 2014

Our black widow spiders v. their brown widow spiders. Sex on the radio with Mimi Pond, author of Over Easy, graphic novel. An old friend shows another side of Ruben Salazar.
GBR: Spider-Man 2 At Madame Tussauds - Photocall

No, no. Wrong spider, man. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

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The View of Us Guys

On the off-chance that Barbara Walter's The View tanks, John and Marketplace's Rico Gagliano and Stephen Hoffman are ready to take up the slack. Their first guest: The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Charlie LeDuff whose newest book Us Guys will be in stores next week. LeDuff will read from Us Guys at Hollywood's Book Soup on February, 15, 2007
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Wither Jane?

John talks with actress Jane Withers about her long and varied career... as a child radio host, to acting opposite Shirley Temple, to playing "Josephine the Plumber" on TV for 21 years.
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Ron Schafer of the State Park Service and the Baldwin Hills Conservancy talks to John on top of a new 60-acre park that's under construction in Baldwin Hills.
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Paine in the Neck

John talks with actor Ralph Lister about why America needs to know about Thomas Paine.
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To Protect and Surf

Commentator and Marine Biologist Milton Love on natural bodyguards.

Strange New World

Tijuana is mostly known now for corruption, drugs, and murder. For a different take on Tijuana, Adolfo Guzman Lopez headed to the Santa Monica Museum of Art for an exhibit of contemporary art.

Poor Howard's Almanac

The Call Sheet gang explores the fall of Howard Stern, once the King of All Media.
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Rabe: It's (still) Cold Outside!

The cold continues in Southern California, with snow reported in Malibu and other parts. The weather reminded me of an old photo I had, snapped back in 1948, when Hollywood was blanketed with a real (non-Hollywood) snowstorm. The picture came from John Kuri, musician, author (Takin' It Back), and film and TV producer. The day it snowed, his father, Oscar-winning art director Emile Kuri (1907-2000), bundled little John up and posed him by the mailbox of the Los Feliz home Emile designed and built.

Animated Conversations

Animation expert Charles Solomon introduces us to Tyrus Wong, the man responsible for the look of the Disney Classic Bambi.
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Drawing the Line

John meets up with animator and author Tom Sito to talk about the animation agitators of yore. Sito is the author of Drawing the Line: The Untold Story of the Animation Unions from Bosko to Bart Simpson