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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.
Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with Piero Selvaggio, owner and founder of Valentino Restaurant in Santa Monica. The 42-year old restaurant is one of the birthplaces of the Food Revolution.
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.
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.
Off-Ramp's John Rabe, who sometimes makes things up, imagines what it might be like to talk with Mayor Eric Garcetti about dropping his first public obscenity.
"Christ’s Entry into Brussels," by James Ensor, the centerpiece of "The Scandalous Art of James Ensor," at the Getty Center through Sept. 7.
Of all the artists of over a century ago, James Ensor would probably have done best in Zap Comix. Much of his work is rooted in obscenities akin S. Clay Wilson's and R. Crumb’s.
VIOLINIST

San Pedro's 'living treasure' Harry Hall celebrates his 101st birthday

Harry Hall was born in 1913, and he’s lived in San Pedro ever since. Friends, family and fans flocked to the English pub last Friday to celebrate Harry’s 101st birthday.
O.J. Simpson had said he'd surrender that morning, avoid all the cameras and the hoo-ha, but then he cut and ran, and for hours, it was a game of where's O.J.?
Dana Vahle and Zoey Tur, who as Dirk Vahle and Bob Tur, were the first two TV chopper pilots to follow OJ on June 17, 1994. They were arch enemies; now they're friends.
Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with Zoey Tur and Dana Vahle, who 20 years ago were Bob and Dirk, macho TV chopper pilots competing for video of OJ slow-speed chase.
The Peacocks of Palos Verdes
In bucolic Rolling Hills Estates, a murder mystery is unfolding, featuring local politics, warring neighbors and at least 50 victims.