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
The actor, who played the villain in the iconic horror movie classic, explodes many other myths and lies about the movie. And, yes, the chain saw was real.
The first time we heard the typewriter bird we thought it was our whacky neighbor, a restaurateur, working on his own Kitchen Confidential. But it was a bird that worked diligently right outside our window.
Last night we wrapped up our season at the Hollywood Bowl by watching what I hope is a career-making performance.
Just after the fall of Communism, US and Russian lawmakers met on two fields of battle: the football field, and a pub.
Jury selection begins Tuesday in a trial involving a reclusive copper heiress, an empty mansion in Santa Barbara, Pershing Square's Beethoven statue, and a $300m fortune.
Off-Ramp host John Rabe and KPCC Facilities Manager Yolanda Ware go outside with water bottles in tow to find out how hot it really is outside.
Zoey Tur, formerly Bob Tur, is now months into her transition from male to female, and just a few weeks from her first surgery. We talk about men, dating, and Bradley Manning.
Dwight Yoakam joins Off-Ramp host John Rabe for a wide-ranging discussion ahead of his concert Friday at the Hollywood Palladium - his first big LA concert in 5 years
Erika Aguilar updates us on the gang injunction proposed for Echo Park, the rapidly gentrifying LA neighborhood.
Why, when there's been minimal opposition to the almost 50 gang injunctions in other parts of Los Angeles, is there such vocal opposition to the one proposed for Echo Park?
His mike cut out and he had to make Ben Franklin jokes and take notes from Howard Stern, but impressionist Jim Meskimen says he's delighted by his performance in America's Got Talent.
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.