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

LAPL Photo Roulette brings up Rita Hayworth at the roller derby in 1938

Type a random keyword into the search engine of the LA Public Library's photo archive, and learn something new about your city.

'My Lunches with Orson: Conversations Between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles'

For two years, director Henry Jaglom had lunch with Orson Welles every week, and taped their conversations. Finally, the tapes have been transcribed, edited, and published.

SF author Harlan Ellison on juvenile delinquents, gays and Orson Scott Card

The celebrated author of comes out of retirement this weekend for a book signing and, as expected, speaks his mind.

1939 WPA Guide to California more than a time machine

'John Steinbeck navigated by these guides and called them "the most comprehensive account of the United States ever got together, and nothing since has even approached it."'

New LA Mayor and surprise transit user Eric Garcetti

New LA Mayor Garcetti is greener than Lumpy Brannum, but it was still a surprise to learn that he rode the 92 bus to work this week, his first in office.

Congratulations, gays and lesbians! You're in the federal tax code!

Married homosexual couples in California and the other states that allow gay marriage are rejoicing in what many might consider a dubious honor: being ensconced in federal tax law.

Rabe responds to angry letter about bacon poetry

'Not only was it not the best, the grammar was wrong--and to no purpose, NOT consciously so. the writer didn't KNOW! that the preposition takes an object! For "hog and I"?? "For . . . I"??? Are you kidding?'

Our beautiful relationship with 'Casablanca'

'It's hard to relate to "Casablanca's" storyline if one has never traveled, especially to Paris, and has had a romantic interlude during a time of war. In my case, that was the war in Vietnam.'

Gavin Newsom on Prop 8 decision: 'We did about as well as I could have hoped and expected'

"Considering the conservative and cautious nature of this court, we did about as well as I could have hoped and expected, but yeah, sure, I wish they had ajudicated on the merits." -- Gavin Newsom

Off-Ramp bacon haikus sizzle; newsletter contest winner announced.

Swag came in the mail Journalists can't keep free stuff We gave it away

Rabe's looking for your 'Casablanca' stories

I preferred 'To Have and Have Not,' which I thought was funnier, and moved faster. Now I'm older, have experienced more pain, love, and loss, I prefer Casablanca, which is miles deeper.

Hollywood Fringe Festival brings back Ivins/Pearl lovechild, 'Texas Loves Lyla!'

Just once, I'd like to meet a personality-based drag queen who, underneath the huge bouffant, the dowdy dress, and the huge boobs, has a huge bouffant, dowdy dress, and huge boobs.Not the case with Jeffrey Wylie, who plays Lyla KaRug.

Remembering Gandolfini: Rewind to Newark, 1990, and a little play at a little theatre

Gandolfini had "an incredible capacity for intensity and realness. What's what made Tony Soprano such an indelible character is that you totally believed that he was this guy, you know, that he was capable of this huge range of emotions."

Welcoming summer with this week's photo from the LA Public Library

A few words about this week's lead photo, by the famed photog, Ralph Morris.

PHOTOS: Famed TV pilot Bob Tur on becoming Zoey Tur

"I'm happy. I've not been this happy. I've had a great life. Bob Tur needs to die now. And he'll be dead within three to four months." —Bob Tur, soon to be Zoey Tur