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
You know Elmore Leonard for his screenplay-perfect crime novels, but he started writing when what paid was Western fiction, and those stories bear all the Leonard hallmarks.
... in which the famed author blurbs a friend's book about their high school alma mater, and sends best wishes for a recovery that never came.
California, MacArthur Park, A Good Day, I am ... I said, and ...
The new Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco beat LA to the punch in celebrating one of the men responsible for one of the most-beloved animated films of all time.
A baptismal certificate, found online in a public records search, shows Bolivian peasant Carmelo Flores Laura is only 107. Close, but no cigar.
Britain's Victoria & Albert Museum has acquired the archive of "Gone With the Wind" star Vivien Leigh, including personal diaries and letters to her husband, Laurence Olivier.
DeForest Kelley's Dr Leonard McCoy wasn't the only person on 1960s television to deliver the iconic line, "He's dead, Jim."
Yes, the new record from the LA-based country band The Coals is only 22 minutes long, but the music on it is inventive, catchy, genuine, and moving.
Eddie Pepitone, no relation to the Yankee, is "The Bitter Buddha," but you can tell he's secretly a sweetheart because he often starts laughing in the middle of his rants.
“This is an easy way for the state to make life a little more enjoyable for those of us who appreciate the classic era of automobile design.” (Assemblyman Mike Gatto)
Can you separate words from music and pick pop music's best melody? Sigman surveyed his friends, from Jimmy Webb and Bob Merlis to Les Moonves.
"It may be a year, it may be 5 years, 10 years, before Los Angeles is the art capital of the world." -- Robert Williams, subject of the new documentary, "Mr Bitchin.'"
"I don't think Jeffrey should be demonized. He did what he does. The real problem was the vision of the board."
Brockmann's obsession started because he loved the swishing sound of taffeta as he twirled his wife across the dance floor. But his wife and kids say it’s time for the dresses to go.
"It comes down to: the delivery system is different, but I'm doing what I did years ago, which is who, what, where, when, why. I thought I could retire, and that was a mistake, but I lucked into this, and am very happy doing it."