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

Get lunch and an Oscars preview at Musso & Frank

Join John Rabe, Team Off-Ramp and the KPCC In Person team as we tape our Oscar preview special in a back booth at Musso & Frank, the oldest restaurant in Hollywood.

6 places to go when everyone else is watching the Super Bowl

Take advantage of one of the few times when the roads will be empty and you can go anywhere. Sanden Totten is here to help.

This KPCC voice helped launch the last showgirl act in Vegas

KPCC's Rita Pardue remembers her early days, when she was cast as a singer in the original production of "Jubilee," now the last showgirl production in Vegas.

Butch meets hyperfeminine in photographing Liz Taylor's home

Catherine Opie's photos of Elizabeth Taylor's home show a real, warm person with a sense of humor, and Opie says the gig challenged her identity.

Modernism Week returns to Palm Springs

Modernism Week is back for its 11th year in Palm Springs ... but how did Palm Springs get so much modernism in the first place?

A short master class on music writing from a New Yorker critic

Alex Ross, music writer for The New Yorker, deftly explains technical terms so that the novice can see how music works. Listen to the interview along with music clips.

LA Art Show passes critic's 'Marilyn' test

Local art critic, gallerist and curator Mat Gleason says this year's L.A. Art Show at the convention center is better focused — and has weeded out a lot of the crap.

Assemblyman Gatto proposes Parking Bill of Rights

Assemblyman Mike Gatto's "Parking Bill of Rights" would curtail valets, "bounty hunter," and fine-hungry municipalities.

Martinez and Rabe finally accept that the NFL is returning to LA

A Martinez and John Rabe on the news that the NFL Rams are coming back to Los Angeles.

Gladys Knight breaks down 'Midnight Train,' intros new single 'Just a Little'

Gladys Knight rings in 2016 at Disney Hall, but first she talks with John Rabe about her new and old music, signing with Motown and keeping that legendary voice in shape.

Help KPCC's Steve Julian by ... eating a sandwich!

Frogtown sandwich shop Wax Paper, which names its sandwiches after public radio personalities, to donate proceeds from the Steve Julian for the Morning Edition host's medical costs.

What Vincent Price might have made of Islamophobia

"Here in America, racial and religious hated does exist, sustained by the political adventurers and plain crackpots who are willing to scrap the Democratic way of life to attain their own ends." -- Vincent Price, 1950

A few tips for Goyim at your in-laws' Hanukkah party

How to not panic if your Jewish friends invite you to their house for a Hanukkah party from KPCC's The Mashup Americans podcast.

Wondering what to do after Thanksgiving? We have 5 suggestions

Sure, you can go shopping, watch a game, or go ham on some leftover turkey. But ask any local: Los Angeles — world class city that it is — offers much, much more.

Thanksgiving, an Italian restaurateur, and JFK's death

November, 1963. Piero Selvaggio, who would later open Valentino in Santa Monica, had just arrived in America. His first Thanksgiving was a mix of wonder at the American holiday and sadness at the death of JFK.