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

Desert Christ Park in Yucca Valley

Slow pans, intense but faded colors, snow-white statues of Christ, chips in the plaster, exposed rebar. A feeling of calm. Listen with the sound up or off. A lovely movie from Christopher Lee.

Help Off-Ramp during March Madness - or, trash talking for a cause

Everyone knows Lynne Rossetto Kasper has the worst jump-shot in public radio. Worse than David Brancaccio's. She once told Noah Adams she "can't be bothered" to go up for rebounds, and she took out Peter Sagal with an "accidental" knee to the temple .. after she tripped him.

Family turns tragedy -- losing a baby -- into a safe haven for other kids

The Miguel Leonard Padilla Banks soft room is a place at the cold, hard, scary Hollywood police station where kids won't feel quite so scared.

UPDATE: SoCal Catholics welcome news of 1st Latin American pope (photos)

The Los Angeles Archdiocese's 4.2 million Catholics greeted news Wednesday of a new pope, Argentine cardinal Jorge Bergoglio.

Homeboy's Father Greg Boyle excited by Pope Francis, moves church closer to Jesus

Father Greg Boyle, one of Southern California's spiritual leaders, reveals his dream: a humble Pope wearing huaraches, jeans, and a guayabera. "That guy I could follow anywhere." Is Francis that man?

Wait Wait Don't Tell Me's Peter Sagal and John Rabe raise money, hackles

Here are five fundraising segments you can send your friends to get them to support KPCC.

PHOTOS: New Woodland Hills homeowners' bonus room: a fully stocked fallout shelter

"... the bomb shelter is an absolute time capsule: still stocked with old magazines, bunks, sleeping bags and medications. I told them to keep it in case of imminent Zombie Apocalypse. You're more than welcome to visit..."

VIDEO: How to save the Rockfish from an awful death from Barotrauma

If you bring a rockfish up from deep water, its eyes bulge out, its stomach is pushed out of its mouth, and, in general, it looks like hell.

Will you sit on your hands?

Sitting on your hands is never a good idea. Especially if you're wearing corduroy pants, which leave unsightly lines on your hands. But also not during our Spring Fundraiser.

LA Phil's new season includes first tour of Los Angeles

During construction, Concertmaster Chalifour played Bach as Salonen and Gehry listened, holding hands, they were so nervous. It sounded so good, the maestro broke into tears.

Oscars, Schmoscars! Sean Penn wins first annual Ernie award

'While I'm genuinely sorry to not be in the location that Ernie is most likely to be staring down at tonite, if only so I could look up and say "Hey!," I'm very pleased to be acknowledged with anything bearing his name.'

Charlie LeDuff's indictment of corruption and race politics: 'Detroit - An American Autopsy'

In his new book, LeDuff finds a body encased in ice, loses a sister and a niece to drugs, uncovers corruption that's bleeding dry Detroit's fire department, and gets fondled by Monica Conyers, now-jailed wife of the lion of the US House.

PHOTOS: Off-Ramp explores pristine backyard bomb shelter in the Valley

The house is a vintage DuBois ranch home, and it comes with a vintage shelter, lovingly built by the first owner at the height of the Cold War. What makes this one possibly unique in LA is that it’s largely untouched.

David Dean Bottrell is Working - 'Boston Legal' star recounts his employment history

David Dean Bottrell, best known for playing a creepy homosexual on Boston Legal, tells us about his entire working life in his lightly fictionalized one-man show, David Dean Bottrell is Working, from selling pot to being a famous black screenwriter.

RIP Jerry Buss: A model manager for the LA Lakers — and a Monopoly champion

True, Nick says, when Buss bought the Lakers they had Kareem and — almost immediately — Magic. But then he turned them, and basketball, into something even greater. And in a town scarred by owners Al Davis and Frank McCourt, Buss was justifiably beloved.