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
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.
'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?'
'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.'
"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
Swag came in the mail Journalists can't keep free stuff We gave it away
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.
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.
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."
A few words about this week's lead photo, by the famed photog, Ralph Morris.
"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
From Winston Churchill to author E.B. White, a "martini" means cold gin and nothing more. Here's why they're wrong.
As he told Off-Ramp, "It would be perfectly normal dinner party conversation to talk about your colonoscopy, but you talk about mental illness and people get freaked out."
Jimmy Webb, the man who wrote MacArthur Park, has never sung the song in LA's MacArthur Park. This gross oversight will be remedied June 15.
Turns out, that wonderful spontaneous Off-Ramp fundraising moment between John and Dylan was scripted and pre-recorded.
"Artifex" was a wide-ranging, eye-opening, and sometimes profane discussion on Chicano art at Koplin Del Rio Gallery, led by Cheech Marin, with Susana Smith Bautista, and artists Einar & Jamex de la Torre, Shizu Saldamando, John Valadez, and Harry Gamboa Jr..