Sci-Fi v. Sci-Fact - Off-Ramp for September 13, 2014

Special report: intersection of science fiction and science fact; Brains On and the monarch Mexico migration; Hungry, the competitive eating doc; Kenturah Davis weaves words and art

It's So Hot ... we try to fry an egg on the sidewalk. (Kevin Roderick)

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As rap and hip-hop continue to dominate pop culture, the music store that gave birth to the art form on the West Coast struggles to survive. KPCC's Patricia Nazario reports on the world-famous hip-hop icon.

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The Call Sheet gang talks about advertising in the movie theater.
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Auntie Diluvium

This week, we bring you three takes on the brand new master plan for the LA River. Take One: KPCC's Ilsa Setziol gives us the low-down on the river plan. The upshot: Keep hope alive
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LA River - Take Two

Sam Hall Kaplan is lukewarm on the LA River Plan.
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Take Three: Down By the LA River

John Rabe talks to author Joe Linton Down by the Los Angeles River, which also happens to be the name of his book.
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Vija Celmins

In the late 1960s, Vija Celmins created hyper-realistic drawings of the ocean. Since then, she's emerged as one of the most important artists of our time. UCLA's Hammer Museum is showing a retrospective of Celmins' drawings and Queena Kim went to the opening.
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Okies at the Getty

John goes to the Getty to hear stories of the old days from local art icons Ed Ruscha, Jerry McMillan, and Mason Williams. They grew up together in Oklahoma City.
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Astronauts and Cupids

The connection? Commentator Marc Haefele's Valentine musings on the power of Cupid's arrow.
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Crack Time

LA Daily Journal reporter Anat Rubin reports to John Rabe that many more Skid Row junkies are being busted for selling crack.

Crossing Guard

When the last bell rings at Jordan High school in Watts, gang members file out of the Jordan Downs housing project next door to monitor the students walking through their turf. Watching over the students is Pastor Michael Cummings. The good pastor makes sure the students get home safely. This piece was produced by Queena Kim and originally aired on Pacific Drift.