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

Sole survivor of 1971 Sylmar tunnel collapse tells his story

Forty-four years later, 76-year old Ralph Brissette tells the harrowing story of the Sylmar Tunnel explosion that killed 17 of his MWD co-workers. He was the only survivor.

Sorry, but a magic unicorn won't make your pledge for you

KPCC listeners v a magic unicorn. Guess who wins?

There will be Texas beer and BBQ: LA River hero Lewis MacAdams is turning 70

Lewis MacAdams takes Off-Ramp on a tour of the L.A. River as he nears his 70th birthday and a huge celebration of his accomplishments as founder of FoLAR, Friends of the LA River.

Sportstalker Petros Papadakis — radio's loudest, maybe smartest host

John Rabe talks with Petros Papadakis, former singing waiter, captain of the USC football team, English major, color commentator and co-host of sports radio's Petros and Money.

'Perfidia' — James Ellroy's retelling of the Japanese internment

Novelist James Ellroy meets KPCC's John Rabe in a jail cell to talk his new novel, "Perfidia," set in L.A. in the weeks around the beginning of the internment of Japanese-Americans.

Tintin on acid: Charles Burns ends dark trilogy with 'Sugar Skull'

An interview about his new graphic novel in which Charles Burns says, "...my sweltering, swelling, itching brain ... hasn't changed at all."

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.