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Don't make me stop this car! (The Off-Ramp Finale)

Published June 28, 2017 at 4:51 PM PDT
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For the finale, John does something he’s never done: the entire episode takes place in his car, including: Tom Petty's keyboardist, Benmont Tench, cramming his Casio into the back seat to play a very Off-Rampy song ... Off-Ramp’s first producer, Queena Kim, talks about the genesis of Off-Ramp ... Russ Parsons, the former LA Times food writer, and John talk about how food unites the diverse communities of Southern California, over a piece of delicious pie ... Two champions of local history and historic preservation – Charles Phoenix and Chris Nichols – talk about the joys of getting lost in Southern California ... Airtalk host Larry Mantle takes John to Pasadena’s historic Colorado Street Bridge ... And shhh! Don’t tell anyone … LA Mayor Eric Garcetti will be there, too. (PHOTO: A closed off-ramp on the 110 freeway. Credit John Rabe)

A carelessly placed leather-bound game case turned out to be a boon for the veteran radio host, who finally found out how to stop the Mayor's fast-paced schedule.
Benmont Tench III based his song "Like the Sun" on a tour of Los Angeles given to him by a friend, which opened his eyes to the city's true beauty.
Nichols and Phoenix - they never use each others' first names - have made careers celebrating creations that in their own day and age were seen as expendable. Now, we see them as touchstones of our history.
John and Russ Parsons hang out in John's car and talk about how food brings the city together, and what is humbling about being a culture or food journalist in LA.
She recalls covering a ten-theremin orchestra, and working on a show where she did what she always wanted to do. "It was almost like having a free pass to the city."
A carelessly placed leather-bound game case turned out to be a boon for the veteran radio host, who finally found out how to stop the Mayor's fast-paced schedule.
Benmont Tench III based his song "Like the Sun" on a tour of Los Angeles given to him by a friend, which opened his eyes to the city's true beauty.
Nichols and Phoenix - they never use each others' first names - have made careers celebrating creations that in their own day and age were seen as expendable. Now, we see them as touchstones of our history.
John and Russ Parsons hang out in John's car and talk about how food brings the city together, and what is humbling about being a culture or food journalist in LA.
She recalls covering a ten-theremin orchestra, and working on a show where she did what she always wanted to do. "It was almost like having a free pass to the city."
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