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

So long to KUSC's Rich Capparela: Classical music, without the 'strategically placed stick'

Classical DJ Rich Capparela has been bringing his "subversive" brand to the afternoon drive on KUSC for ten years; he's cutting back to Friday's only to start his "new chapter."

Song of the Week: The Muff's "That Awful Man"

"Shattuck’s sugary pop hooks and punky attitude nestled right in with the pop-punk explosion."

Expert: Ghost Ship blaze could have happened here in Southern California

Bill Murphy, a former fire marshal and current instructor at the Rio Hondo Fire Academy, says it is easy to find warehouses like Ghost Ship in LA. And he says he hopes it'll lead to lasting policy changes.

Cocktail history: The adult beverage trends of 1966

The annual holiday light show is back at the L.A. Zoo, and they're celebrating the zoo's 50th birthday with a 1966 cocktail night. So, what were people drinking 50 years ago?

Vincent Price's daughter on fear, love and 'The Fly,' at Vincent Price Art Museum

Victoria Price: "We could go down our own rabbit hole of fear, but I really feel that all of life comes down to two choices, love or fear. And one of the ways we can manifest love, is to keep making art that speaks against fear."

Chicano art champion Cheech Marin and the sublime pleasures of works on paper

Actor, comedian, and Chicano art champion Cheech Marin on his newest traveling exhibit, Papel Chicano Dos, spotlighting works on paper by young Chicano artists.

Save yourself heartache and hassle. Use KPCC's voter guide

Voting shouldn't feel like writing a term paper or doing taxes. So we've developed an online voting guide that lets you fill out your ballot at your own pace. Take it a little at a time, and before you know it, you'll be done.

An original cast member and an original fan talk 'Dark Shadows' at 50

"Dark Shadows," which debuted in 1966, was a half-hour soap opera that, at its peak, brought in 20-million viewers weekly. Its fans are legion, attracted by its unique romantic Gothic themes.

KPCC's VoterGamePlan: Efficiency expert Charles Duhigg explains why voting is like getting married

Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Duhigg explains why making a plan to vote - even the most casual of plans - greatly increases the chances you'll follow through.

#VoterGamePlan: Does Measure M stand for KPCC's Meghan McCarty?

... because she's been working hard for months to make sure you know all you need to know about the proposed transit funding measure. Meghan talks with Off-Ramp's John Rabe about how she keeps the listener in mind as she reports the story.

Can new Prairie Home host Chris Thile bring in new listeners?

Singer, mandolin virtuoso, and frequent guest on A Prairie Home Companion becomes the host of the show October 15, taking over from its creator, Garrison Keillor. He talked about the creative challenges of his new job with Off-Ramp host John Rabe.

Off-Ramp's critics roar about 'Shin Godzilla,' the reboot of reboots

Tim Cogshell and Mike Roe say this Godzilla reboot is made for talking, and that's just what they do.

Photos! Video! KPCC journos face their fears at the LA Zoo's Boo at the Zoo

When KPCC photog Maya Sugarman got to hold a king snake, you won't believe what happened next. And will Off-Ramp host John Rabe faint when a tarantula crawls on his arm?

Meet the sweet, soothing voice of David Whitfield

David Whitfield is someone you need to hear. Born in Atlanta Georgia, he’s a jazz vocalist, gospel pianist, and actor, who's toured nationally and internationally.

Disney's Moana's directors John Musker and Ron Clements

John Musker and Ron Clements are a part of your life — a part of your world — even if you don’t know their names. If you love Disney, you probably love their work.