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

BigHero 6's big heroes: the artists who designed San Fransokyo

Charles Solomon talks about Disney's animated blockbuster "Big Hero 6" with two of the artists responsible for its look: Paul Felix and Scott Watanabe.

Inside the living, breathing Disney Hall organ as it turns 10

John Rabe and organ builder Manuel Rosales take us inside the Disney Hall Organ, the iconic centerpiece of Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Celebrating Veterans Day with John's dad, Kevin's grandma, and Doualy's great uncle

Three vets: one who fought the Cold War, one who survived sharks in the Pacific, and one who became a hero to Hmong refugees in the US.

We ask veterans, 'What are you doing on Veterans Day?'

We talk with a vet who wishes she’d never enlisted, but now works to help vets; another who loved her job working with Army dogs but had to stay in the closet during her service; and a couple who met in the service and are still married 47 years later.

Bars, beers, baristas, boba in beverage book 'Drink: Los Angeles'

Off-Ramp host John Rabe goes to Sonny's Hideaway in Highland Park to talk with the editors of "Drink: Los Angeles," a guide to the best beverages.

RIP Peter Katsikides, Santa Monica's 'Pete the Barber'

We remember the Santa Monica fixture who cut the hair of the rich and famous, the infamous ... and Off-Ramp commentator Hank Rosenfeld.

Susan Stamberg welcomed Ray and the late Tom Magliozzi to NPR

NPR veteran host Susan Stamberg remembers the genesis of NPR's "Car Talk," and the genius of Tom Magliozzi, who died Monday.

SCOTUS move frees Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan, Poirot

The Supreme Court Monday affirmed the rights of creators to develop characters who live in the public domain, like Sherlock Holmes, Poirot, and Tarzan.

Eduardo Sanchez gives Bigfoot a heart in 'Exists'

John Rabe talks with the father of found footage, Eduardo Sanchez, who revives the genre with "Exists," a movie even the Bigfoot community can love.

Hit @LosFelizDayCare Twitter feed shoots down helicopter parents

If you live in Los Feliz and send your little Tallulah or Beckett to daycare with a sack of organic carrots and a yoga mat, you might want to skip this segment.

Caitlin Doughty turns trauma into helping bring 'the good death'

John Rabe talks with Caitlin Doughty, author of "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory," on death, the Americanization of Halloween and more.

At LA fashion school, Oscar de la Renta's death brings tears

Faculty and staff at the Fashion Institute of Design and Technology in downtown Los Angeles remember Oscar de la Renta with tears, memories and inspiration.

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.