John Rabe Host, Off-Ramp

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John Rabe is the creator and host of Off-Ramp, KPCC's weekend news and arts magazine program, which has twice been named "best local public affairs show."

Prior to his time on Off-Ramp, Rabe was KPCC's host for "All Things Considered" and the station's housing & healthcare reporter, but Off-Ramp lets him do what he loves best, and emulate one of his heroes, the late Huell Howser.

Rabe began his career as a commercial DJ in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, then found his niche as reporter and anchor at WKAR, Michigan State University's public radio station, where he earned his BA in English.

Rabe has also worked in public radio in South Florida, at WHYY in Philadelphia, and Minnesota Public Radio. He came to KPCC in 2000. Off-Ramp debuted in 2006.

He lives with his art curator husband, Julian Bermudez, and Irish terriers in the foothills of Mt Washington.


Stories by John Rabe

Joe Domanick on the LAPD: 'They're trying.'

25 years after the riots, journalist Joe Domanick assesses the LAPD, and recounts one day in South Central - April 30, 1992.

Child of the cornfield: L.A. State Historic Park opens

What ever happened to that cornfield downtown? And did you know it was an art installation? Surprise! It's officially opening this weekend in its intended form as the L.A. State Historic Park.

Audit shows DMV not regulating disabled parking placard program

The DMV barely checked applications, didn't cancel dead people's placards, didn't help locals crack down on offenders. Meantime, lobbyists allegedly threatened a lawmaker who tried to fix the problem.

Chicken Boy didn't know he had a mutant brother, Cock Bob

What the hell is that Big Boy/Chicken mutant sculpture in Glassell Park all about? We find out.

Matt, Ed Asner on their autistic sons and the AutFest Film Festival

The first ever AutFest happens at the AMC Orange 30 next weekend. Its films are about and by people with autism.

LA jazz icon Barbara Morrison celebrates Ella Fitzgerald's 100th

Singer Barbara Morrison joins Sean J. O'Connell to consider the life and legacy of Ella Fitzgerald, who would have turned 100 this April 25. The jazz vocal legend spent the last part of her life in L.A.

MythBuster live show turns learning science into 'Brain Candy'

"Brain Candy" is "a little like a science lesson if you gathered Eisenstein and Walt Disney together. It’s Blue Man Group meets the TED Talk."

RIP Donna Fuller, 85: What a voice, and what a life!

85-year old jazz and pop contralto Donna Fuller died Tuesday. She performed in Playboy Jazz clubs, toured with Christine Jorgensen, was A-list adjacent, and made two really good albums you should listen to.

George Takei's almost 80 years celebrated at the Japanese American National Museum

On the occasion of "'New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei," a new exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum that opens Sunday, I had to speak with George Takei himself about his long life and career.

Exclusive first look at JANM's 'New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei'

The Japanese American National Museum backed up a couple of trucks to George Takei's house, accepting the donation of his vast personal archive. The new exhibit — "New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei" — opens Sunday.

'To Be Takei' director Jennifer Kroot says George does it for his dad

"Seeing what his father went through... he doesn't take that lightly... That's behind everything he does."

Samurai Jack is back, so we go in-depth with animator Genndy Tartakovsky

A noble, handsome warrior trying to save the world and get back home. An ugly evil demon who thwarts him every time. This was the simple premise of "Samurai Jack," which ran four seasons on Cartoon Network starting in 2001, and returns for one more season this weekend.

Will we be riding Angels Flight by Labor Day?

Wednesday, LA city officials announced a public-private partnership to have downtown's historic Angels Flight railway back in operation by Labor Day, once again hauling riders up and down Bunker Hill.

'Missing Richard Simmons' podcast seeks disappeared fitness magnate

Almost exactly three years ago, Richard Simmons, once the most accessible celebrity in Los Angeles, withdrew from public life. Only a few people have heard from him since, not including podcast host Dan Taberski.

Skid Row dilemma: Is it wrong to use sprinklers to keep the homeless away?

The city won't keep the sidewalks clear and clean, and you're trying to run a business. And you're not a hipster boutique that just parachuted into Skid Row a few years ago. We've got a dilemma for you.