John Rabe KPCC's Production & Promotions Director

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John Rabe is KPCC's Production & Promotions Director, a post he assumed in July of 2017 after 35 years behind the mike. His job is to shape the sound of the station.

From 2006 to 2017, John was producer and host of Off-Ramp, twice named the nation's "best local public affairs show." Before that, Rabe was the station's housing & healthcare reporter and local host for "All Things Considered."

Rabe began his career as a commercial DJ in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, but he found his niche as reporter and anchor at Michigan State University's public radio station, where he half-heartedly earned his BA in English. Rabe has also worked in public radio in South Florida, Philadelphia, and Minnesota.

Rabe lives with Julian Bermudez, his art curator husband, and their Irish terriers in the foothills of Mt Washington.


Stories by John Rabe

The DWP's 'binary star' relationship with the city of Los Angeles

The DWP and the city are like a binary star system. They rotate around one another rather than working in sync.

EC Comics 'Tales from the Crypt' comes to life in Los Angeles

Captured Aural Phantasy Theater is the only troupe with permission to perform stories from notoriously sexy and gory EC Comics, and they're doing it at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater.

What I learned being a middle school counselor zombie for a video game

"And then, when you think it can't get worse, they bring out the contact lenses — and let me tell you, having a strange woman touching your eyeballs at 7 a.m. is less fun than it sounds."

No Jim Svejda's were harmed in the making of this fundraising spot

I have a dream in which all the public radio stations in town collaborate to foil people who turn off a station that's fundraising and switch over to one that isn't.

George Takei came out ten years ago, and his career — and life — only got better

George Takei stayed closeted into his 60s because he feared for his acting career. But what happened when he came out is one of the best second acts in American show business history.

Richard Renaldi's 'Touching Strangers' photos touch on human relationships

John Rabe talks with a street photographer who poses strangers intimately. Richard Renaldi's work is showing at Loyola Marymount University's Laband Gallery into November.

Brad Bird and the backstory to 'The Iron Giant,' with a new version screening next week

"The Iron Giant," which delighted less-than-giant audiences in 1999, is returning to find more fans. Brad Bird and Charles Solomon tell us how it got made.

NBC4's Joel Grover: How Boeing blocks cleanup of Simi Valley nuclear site

Grover explains how Boeing has blocked efforts to clean up the site of what might be America's worst nuclear accident.

Los Tigres del Norte frontman Jorge Hernandez on 48 years

Los Tigres del Norte — one of Mexico's biggest and longest running bands — has toured worldwide and sold millions of records. They play Northridge on Thursday, Oct. 1.

Kareem explores Sherlock's smarter brother in 'Mycroft Holmes'

Fans of Sherlock Holmes have written enough about their hero to fill the British Library. So Holmes aficionado Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his co-author picked the mysterious Mycroft for their first novel.

100k people have reserved tickets to see The Broad

L.A.'s newest art museum, The Broad, opens Sunday. For the first time, the public can see the blue-chip art collection of one of the city's biggest philanthropists in one place...for free.

Immigration, refugees, politics, and betrayal — it's Greek drama at the Getty Villa

"It is a bitter thing to be a woman," says Euripides' Medea. In a new adaptation at the Getty Villa, with the action moved to Boyle Heights and mixed with the woes of ambitious undocumented immigrants, it is still very bitter.

4 ways you can help the dwindling monarch butterfly

How to plant the right milkweed in your backyard to help bring back the dwindling population of monarch butterflies.

George Takei on taking an internment camp musical to Broadway

In an intimate interview, George Takei tells Off-Ramp host John Rabe about crafting the Japanese-American internment camp history into compelling Broadway musical theater.

MOCA curator on artist Noah Davis: 'A little window is closed.'

Artist Noah Davis died Saturday, the same day MOCA opened a 'storefront' featuring the first work he showed at his The Underground Museum.