John Rabe Host, Off-Ramp

John Rabe bio photo
Contact John Rabe

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

George Takei came out ten years ago, and his career — and life — only got better

George Takei stayed closeted into his 60s because he feared for his acting career. But what happened when he came out is one of the best second acts in American show business history.

Richard Renaldi's 'Touching Strangers' photos touch on human relationships

John Rabe talks with a street photographer who poses strangers intimately. Richard Renaldi's work is showing at Loyola Marymount University's Laband Gallery into November.

Brad Bird and the backstory to 'The Iron Giant,' with a new version screening next week

"The Iron Giant," which delighted less-than-giant audiences in 1999, is returning to find more fans. Brad Bird and Charles Solomon tell us how it got made.

NBC4's Joel Grover: How Boeing blocks cleanup of Simi Valley nuclear site

Grover explains how Boeing has blocked efforts to clean up the site of what might be America's worst nuclear accident.

Los Tigres del Norte frontman Jorge Hernandez on 48 years

Los Tigres del Norte — one of Mexico's biggest and longest running bands — has toured worldwide and sold millions of records. They play Northridge on Thursday, Oct. 1.

Kareem explores Sherlock's smarter brother in 'Mycroft Holmes'

Fans of Sherlock Holmes have written enough about their hero to fill the British Library. So Holmes aficionado Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his co-author picked the mysterious Mycroft for their first novel.

100k people have reserved tickets to see The Broad

L.A.'s newest art museum, The Broad, opens Sunday. For the first time, the public can see the blue-chip art collection of one of the city's biggest philanthropists in one place...for free.

Immigration, refugees, politics, and betrayal — it's Greek drama at the Getty Villa

"It is a bitter thing to be a woman," says Euripides' Medea. In a new adaptation at the Getty Villa, with the action moved to Boyle Heights and mixed with the woes of ambitious undocumented immigrants, it is still very bitter.

4 ways you can help the dwindling monarch butterfly

How to plant the right milkweed in your backyard to help bring back the dwindling population of monarch butterflies.

George Takei on taking an internment camp musical to Broadway

In an intimate interview, George Takei tells Off-Ramp host John Rabe about crafting the Japanese-American internment camp history into compelling Broadway musical theater.

MOCA curator on artist Noah Davis: 'A little window is closed.'

Artist Noah Davis died Saturday, the same day MOCA opened a 'storefront' featuring the first work he showed at his The Underground Museum.

Police commission President Steve Soboroff on rollout of LAPD body cams

In-depth with Steve Soboroff, the head of the Police Commission, as the LAPD prepares to roll out body cams Monday.

Heino impersonator Marc Hickox highlights our SoCal Oktoberfest roundup

A sampling of Southern California's Oktoberfest celebrations includes the weirdest spectacle you will ever see, unless you already know about Heino. Also: there will be beer.

Good going, gadget geek: your drone nearly crashed a medivac helicopter

"Had the aircraft made contact with the drone, it could have been catastrophic." In other words, a drone operator could have caused the death of everyone on board the medivac helicopter.

Gay bars have been closing across SoCal, but not in downtown LA

Two new gays bars have opened recently in downtown Los Angeles, with a third on the way. What's happening?