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WEB EXTRA: A Year-Round Winter Wonderland

The Tropical Ice Gardens, Westwood Village, 1939. This outdoor rink was open from 1938 to 1949, billed as the world's only year-round outdoor rink. (Credit: LA Public Library)
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Note from John Rabe:

Queena and I are taking the week off, and instead of our regular survey of news, arts, and life in Southern California, we're bringing back an old favorite, the documentary Walking Out of History. It's the story of Ernest Shackleton's failed expedition to Antarctica, from 1914 to 1916. He and his men got stuck in the ice, lost their ship, and were given up for dead. But they all survived, and it's a testament to the power of their remarkable story that telling you that no one died doesn't spoil it in the least. Walking Out of History uses the actual voices of his crew, plus readings from memoirs and interviews with modern polar explorers who still see Shackleton as a model of leadership.
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Icons of Art

John Rabe visits the Getty for the remarkable new exhibit of thousand-year-old icons from the Sinai peninsula in Egypt.
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Turkey Types

KPCC's Rachael Myrow visits the Los Angeles Times' test kitchen to see food writer Russ Parsons try five methods for cooking turkey.
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Clippers Cap'n

Meet Ralph Lawler, the Clippers announcer, who's been calling games for the team since 1978.
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Doing Penance

Marc Haefele on John Gregory Dunne's "True Confessions." He says it's the best novel about the soul and politics of modern Los Angeles.
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The Lowdown on the Rose Bowl Flea Market...

Antique appraiser Peggy Caffey shows Queena Kim the unusual items that are showing up at the West Coast's largest flea market.
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...and what one avid flea market shopper found

John talks to KPCC's web developer Chris Spurgeon about his Rose Bowl find: old glass slides of the original government presentation of the moon shot.
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OCMA Biennial

John Rabe continues his conversations with artists at the 2006 Biennial at OCMA. This time, photographer Amir Zaki, who doesn't really like interviews.

PlayStation Mayhem

On the night before the release of the PlayStation 3, John Rabe hangs out with PlayStation fans who are camping out at the Best Buy on Los Feliz Boulevard.