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

An octogenarian rides again on the 67-mile Backbone Trail

Ruth Gerson, 81, and Crystal, 19, will ride the 67-miles of the Backbone Trail to celebrate the opening of the trail, the fact that they can still do it, and to get more campsites built for hiker and riders.

Co-founder of Surf Punks remembers localism battles of the 60s and 70s

Dennis Dragon - who produced The Captain and Tennille! - hit it big with "My Beach" and "My Wave" in 1976, tongue-in-cheek takes on surf and turf wars.

Hidden History of LA: Is decent rent, parking reason enough to live in a murder house?

Few stories are as weird as the case of a married woman who kept her lover in the attic for decades. It didn't end well. We'll knock on the door of one of LA's most notorious murder houses.

Demonstrator on getting out of the echo chamber, into dialogue

John Rabe talks with social media influencer Richard Nevels at a demonstration outside LAPD headquarters.

Like loquats? Thank the Mexican orchard workers who saved them

If loquats had gone big, would they have changed the name of Orange County to Loquat County?

St. Thomas More's bone, half a tooth come to Los Angeles

If you saw "Wolf Hall," you might be surprised to learn Sir Thomas More is coming to L.A. Well, at least a piece of one of his bones and half a tooth, at the cathedral Friday and Saturday.

Off-Ramp's Song of the Week: Chicago's 'Mongonucleosis'

I've been searchin (so long) for a semi-obscure Chicago instrumental. It's an Inspiration.

Marlon Brando's former gardener gets big break at The Hammer

Kenzi Shiokava has been carving wood and making assemblages in relative obscurity. Now, at 78, the Japanese-Brazilian-American has a whole room at the Hammer Museum's Made in LA biennial.

Fireworks and Fido: 4th of July tips for protecting your dog

An expert from the Pasadena Humane Society gives tips on keeping your dog safe and relatively sane during fireworks season.

Remembering Jim Hangley, owner of Mustangs Only in Culver City

Jim Hangley died in May at the age of 84. His life partner says, "He always worked with Fords, and when the Mustang came out, the lightbulb went on and that was it."

The real science behind 'Finding Dory' and 'Finding Nemo'

John Rabe talks with Off-Ramp commentator Milton Love, a marine biologist at UCSB, about the accuracy in Pixar's animated movies — and why Dory might have brain parasites.

Jesse Thorn: Keillor's departure could clear space for other radio voices

"For me as a teenager, when I turned on the radio and heard 'This American Life,' what I thought was, 'Oh my gosh, this is something that includes me.' When 'A Prairie Home Companion' was on the radio, I did not feel welcomed by it."

The Garrison Keillor exit interview: 'Prairie Home' was a good Companion

Our exit interview with Garrison Keillor, who is leaving "A Prairie Home Companion" after 42 years, with a show of duets at the Hollywood Bowl on July 1.

Protect your pet from the Southern California heat wave

We've got tips from the Pasadena Humane Society on keeping your dog and cat happy during the heat wave. If you already think it's hot, try wearing a fur coat.

Director Nicholas Meyer's first movie? Bet you can't guess

Nicholas Meyer, who made "The Wrath of Khan" and "Time After Time," shares his very first movie with KPCC's Off-Ramp.