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

RIP Chris Burden, beloved even by the 'victim' in 'TV Hi-Jack'

Phyllis Lutjeans never held it against Chris Burden that he held a knife against her on TV in 1972. Meanwhile, Burden's "Urban Light" at LACMA is our Happy Place.

Journalist Robert Moran on working with Asperger's

Meet ABC's Robert Moran, one of the few journalists who've "come out" about their austism.

Van Dyke Parks sings at the piano one last time

Van Dyke Parks talks with Off-Ramp about Song Cycle, Songs Cycled, Brian Wilson, and pretty much everything else.

Tiki Ti to reopen after "indefinitely" turns into two weeks

Tiki Ti to reopen tonight after scaring the board shorts off their fans with that "closed indefinitely" thing.

Temple Grandin on how 1950s values could help today's autistic youth

Famed autism activist Temple Grandin says that kids like her who were made to deliver newspapers and ride horses are better off for not being sheltered.

Louis Zamperini's son flies in an 'Unbroken' B-24 bomber

Luke Zamperini flies in the last airworthy B-24, the same kind of plane his dad flew in World War 2.

Don't tear out your lawn NOW, and other counterintuitive drought advice

It's Frank McDonough's job at the LA County Arboretum to field questions from residents, and he's getting 3-5 questions every day about the drought.His answers may surprise you.

Your chance to see a B-24 Liberator bomber like the one from 'Unbroken'

Next week, the same plane Louis Zamperini flew in World War II — as depicted in the Oscar-nominated movie "Unbroken" — goes on display in Torrance.

#ISeeChange - Milton Love, tropical fish, and global warming

Milton Love, Off-Ramp's resident marine biologist, turns his expertise to our project #ISeeChange, and considers whether tropical fish sightings off California prove global warming.

Remembering the 1992 LA Riots with Off-Ramp

On this date in 1992, the LA Riots started when the Rodney King verdict was announced. In 2012, Off-Ramp aired a special edition looking back at the event on the 20th anniversary.

The sub-cult of Billy the Mime, an actual good mime. No, really.

You missed a rare local performance by Billy the Mime. Read this to find out why you shouldn't miss the next one.

Help us date and translate a trove of LA postcards

Someone bought 13 postcards from Kennedy's Card Shop in Los Angeles many years ago and never sent them.

And P-22 the mountain lion's 'new' name, selected by listeners, is...

"Huell," "Puma Thurman," "Yossarian," "Pounce de Leon"… these were all possible new names for P-22 the mountain lion. Listeners picked their favorite.

Vote now! Rename P-22 the mountain lion

Felix? Yossarian? Pounce de Leon? Huell? Puma Thurma? Cast your vote for P-22's new name.

Let's give P-22 the mountain lion a better name!

Off-Ramp calls on listeners to rename P-22, Southern California's most famous mountain lion.