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

Reporter Sharon McNary tests the 3-foot bike rule

Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with KPCC's Sharon McNary about the new law requiring California drivers to give bicyclists 3-feet of space when passing.

LA Heat Wave: We're collecting 'It's So Hot ... ' jokes

It's so hot ... that even public radio is trying to be funny. Help us out! If you have a joke, share it with us on social media: #ItsSoHot

Kenturah Davis weaves words into art in Leimert Park

Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with LA artist Kenturah Davis about her exhibit of drawings, "Narratives and Meditations," at Papillion Art in Leimert Park in South LA.

LA historian discovers treasure trove of historic photos, now online

KPCC's John Rabe talks with Anna Sklar, an LA historian who discovered and put online hundreds of photos from the city engineer's office dating back to 1890.

The mattress experiment is over... for now

KPCC's Molly Peterson and Kevin Ferguson left a mattress on the curb with a GPS tracker in it. Four days later, it got picked up. Where did it go?

A Martinez on fitting Byron Scott into the Lakers puzzle

John Rabe talks with A Martinez about Byron Scott, the Lakers' new head coach.

Soboroff adds Truman Capote typewriter to collection

During his last years, Truman Capote often lived at Joanne Carson's home, smoking cigarillos and writing. Steve Soboroff now has that typewriter in his collection.

KPCC's Mike Roe breaks his pedometer at San Diego Comic Con

KPCC pop culture bogger Mike Roe reports from Comic Con. He's one of 125,000 people who have descended on San Diego for the annual convention.

Has the giant sea bass made a comeback?

The Giant Sea Bass Census, the first count of the highly endangered fish, could help decide if its numbers have increased enough to warrant fishing for the popular catch again.

Santa Barbara's shrine to the humble frog

John Rabe discovers the mystical frog shrine in a Santa Barbara neighborhood, repository of hundreds of frog representations.

A look at 2 big new art spaces coming to downtown LA

John Rabe gets an update on the Hauser Wirth & Schimmel gallery, coming to the downtown Arts District, and the Broad Museum coming to Grand Avenue.

Off-Ramp, the only radio show with a sketch artist: Mike Sheehan

John Rabe talks with Mike Sheehan, Off-Ramp's sketch artist, about what he can capture with his pen that can't be captured by the camera.

'Mythbuster' Kari Byron urges girls to pursue science careers

John Rabe talks with Mythbuster Kari Byron, who's in town to help open Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition, at the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana.

Can you pass the Donald Sterling test? Hear KPCC staffers try their best

KPCC staffers try two of the mental tests doctors gave Clippers owner Donald Sterling as part of their examination into whether he has Alzheimer's Disease.

RECIPE: LA restauranteur Piero Selvaggio cooks for Sophia Loren's 80th

Sophia Loren and 400 of her closest friends are in Napa next weekend for her 80th birthday. LA restauranteur Piero Selvaggio is cooking something special.