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 been named "best local public affairs show" by two national journalism associations.

Prior to his time on Off-Ramp, Rabe was KPCC's host for "All Things Considered" and the station's housing & healthcare reporter, for which he garnered many awards – including several Golden Mikes.

Rabe began his career as a commercial DJ in high school 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 husband and Irish terriers in the foothills of Mt Washington, north of downtown LA.

Stories by John Rabe

Wondering what to do after Thanksgiving? We have 5 suggestions

Sure, you can go shopping, watch a game, or go ham on some leftover turkey. But ask any local: Los Angeles — world class city that it is — offers much, much more.

Thanksgiving, an Italian restaurateur, and JFK's death

November, 1963. Piero Selvaggio, who would later open Valentino in Santa Monica, had just arrived in America. His first Thanksgiving was a mix of wonder at the American holiday and sadness at the death of JFK.

Josh Stamberg, son of NPR's Susan Stamberg, on Mamet, radio and relishing time with mom

Josh Stamberg on being in a radio play: "It is hard to not make eye contact, because that's part of the beauty of collaboration as an actor, but it's also relieving and wonderful to just put the focus on the words."

LA Times’ Russ Parsons on when he realized food writing wasn’t just recipes

As readers and listeners use the LA Times' Russ Parson's turkey recipe this Thanksgiving, he'll be enjoying his first day of "retirement." He took the buyout and shares 26 years of memories.

New Pixar short 'Sanjay's Super Team' is a rare Indian-themed film from the West

Pixar animator Sanjay Patel's mild mannered father is the hero of a short showing how an Indian immigrant's son comes to respect his father and his father's religion.

Rainn Wilson: 'I have always felt like a misfit'

We talk to Rainn Wilson, star of "The Office," about his new memoir, "The Bassoon King," including his terrible grandfather, his Baha'i faith, why he acts and more.

LA's Nuclear Secret update: Camp Coverup ... Brandeis Bardin won't release full results

NBC4's Joel Grover says his investigative team has uncovered evidence of much more widespread contamination at a Jewish summer camp near the former Santa Susana Test Lab site than the owner of the camp has admitted to.

Surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku gets first comprehensive bio

Duke Kahanamoku was a self-effacing, multi-sport athlete who became a household name. Despite his fame, his complete story has never been told until now.

Native Americans gave their blood to make wines in early Los Angeles

Native Americans, just freed from the tyranny of the Missions, were enslaved to work in Southern California's vineyards.

The scariest Off-Ramp ever — horror stories in the Forum

Listen to three short horror stories that rank with Poe's best, and hear John Rabe and literary historian Les Klinger explore horror fiction live at the Crawford Family Forum.

4 tips for planting a drought-tolerant garden during an El Niño

There's an El Niño on the horizon, and with it a record breaking rainy season is also on the horizon. What's a drought-conscious Angeleno to do?

The DWP's 'binary star' relationship with the city of Los Angeles

The DWP and the city are like a binary star system. They rotate around one another rather than working in sync.

EC Comics 'Tales from the Crypt' comes to life in Los Angeles

Captured Aural Phantasy Theater is the only troupe with permission to perform stories from notoriously sexy and gory EC Comics, and they're doing it at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater.

What I learned being a middle school counselor zombie for a video game

"And then, when you think it can't get worse, they bring out the contact lenses — and let me tell you, having a strange woman touching your eyeballs at 7 a.m. is less fun than it sounds."

No Jim Svejda's were harmed in the making of this fundraising spot

I have a dream in which all the public radio stations in town collaborate to foil people who turn off a station that's fundraising and switch over to one that isn't.