John Rabe Host, Off-Ramp
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
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.
"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."
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.
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.
Nicholas Meyer, who made "The Wrath of Khan" and "Time After Time," shares his very first movie with KPCC's Off-Ramp.
After seeing his agency through 21 years of continuous growth, Marv Gross says it's time to do something else. He also reveals how Union Station got its name, despite being miles from the downtown L.A. train station of the same name.
Leather and lace. Strawberries and pepper. Here's another surprising pairing: actor Tony Danza and rapper Tupac Shakur.
From naked boxers to "Feel the Burn?" and "Test Your Wiener," Jason Farmer oversees the AIDS Healthcare Foundation's provocative ad campaigns.
In "Under the Big Black Sun," John Doe and other seminal voices tell stories about LA's punk scene. Doe joined us to talk about the book, and play tunes from his new album, "The Westerner."
Antonio Villaraigosa pushed the Expo Line when few thought it could be a reality.
The host of NPR's "All Songs Considered" asked 35 musicians what song changed their life; Smokey Robinson, Yusuf Islam and Carrie Brownstein's answers will surprise you.
AJU says a new study proves Camp Alonim is safe; experts disagree, and question the environmental testing company AJU hired to do the new test.
To understand how urban coyotes survive, the National Park Service needs you — to collect and analyze coyote poop. 'Nuff said. We're on it.
As the American Cinematheque reels out three days of Laurel and Hardy films, improv comedian Mike McShane helps us understand their lasting appeal as "existential candy."
John Rabe talks with Jori Finkel about Doug Chrismas losing control of Ace Gallery and Perry Rubenstein's arrest on embezzlement charges.