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

Rain v Sun song mashup — what are your favorite weather songs?

A few songs to brighten your day or help you feel depressed, and a chance to vote for your favorite rain or sun song.

This Saturday — 12/13/14 — set to be huge for Vegas weddings

The manager of Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel tells "Off-Ramp" host John Rabe that Saturday, 12/13/14, will be their biggest day of the year.

Superman creator Jerry Siegel's typewriter hits the Paley Center

Superman creator Jerry Siegel's daughter talks with John Rabe about the typewriter Siegel used to write Superman. It's now on display at the Paley Center.

Don Bachardy's 'Hollywood': Portraits and time machines

Artist Don Bachardy: the Isherwood connection helped him become one of America's most sought-after portrait artist. New book has dozens of Hollywood faces.

Fire ravages builder Geoff Palmer's newest downtown Italian-aint apartment house

Marc Haefele tells us about Geoff Palmer, who thinks the Italians settled LA, and who lost one of his mammoth Italianate apartment blocks in a fire Monday morning.

The story behind Jerry Brown's gubernatorial portrait

As California governor Jerry Brown gears up for his fourth term, artist Don Bachardy talks about the portrait he made for the governor 30 years ago.

Near downtown LA's Skid Row, a haven for harpsichords

It's no longer surprising to find good restaurants and craft cocktails in downtown LA, but you will be surprised to discover what Curtis Berak has been up to in his basement since 1976.

2 friends who helped integrate 'Peanuts' gang with Franklin

In 1968, several parents, including Harriet Glickman and Ken Kelly, convinced Charles Schulz to create Franklin, the first black character in "Peanuts."

4 fun SoCal Christmas events that don't involve shopping malls

As Auntie Mame said, "Life's a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!" So make room for these four holiday events.

BigHero 6's big heroes: the artists who designed San Fransokyo

Charles Solomon talks about Disney's animated blockbuster "Big Hero 6" with two of the artists responsible for its look: Paul Felix and Scott Watanabe.

Inside the living, breathing Disney Hall organ as it turns 10

John Rabe and organ builder Manuel Rosales take us inside the Disney Hall Organ, the iconic centerpiece of Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Celebrating Veterans Day with John's dad, Kevin's grandma, and Doualy's great uncle

Three vets: one who fought the Cold War, one who survived sharks in the Pacific, and one who became a hero to Hmong refugees in the US.

We ask veterans, 'What are you doing on Veterans Day?'

We talk with a vet who wishes she’d never enlisted, but now works to help vets; another who loved her job working with Army dogs but had to stay in the closet during her service; and a couple who met in the service and are still married 47 years later.

Bars, beers, baristas, boba in beverage book 'Drink: Los Angeles'

Off-Ramp host John Rabe goes to Sonny's Hideaway in Highland Park to talk with the editors of "Drink: Los Angeles," a guide to the best beverages.

RIP Peter Katsikides, Santa Monica's 'Pete the Barber'

We remember the Santa Monica fixture who cut the hair of the rich and famous, the infamous ... and Off-Ramp commentator Hank Rosenfeld.