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

'Salute!' to old school restaurateur Piero Selvaggio, a food revolutionary

Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with Piero Selvaggio, owner and founder of Valentino Restaurant in Santa Monica. The 42-year old restaurant is one of the birthplaces of the Food Revolution.

Brando Skyhorse: What it's like growing up with 5 stepfathers

Brando Skyhorse, author of "The Madonnas of Echo Park," talks with John Rabe about his new memoir, "Take This Man," which details his often-awful upbringing in Echo Park.

Garcetti's F-bomb: Off-Ramp's imagined mayoral interview

Off-Ramp's John Rabe, who sometimes makes things up, imagines what it might be like to talk with Mayor Eric Garcetti about dropping his first public obscenity.

The surprising story of 2 TV chopper pilots who followed the OJ chase 20 years ago

Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with Zoey Tur and Dana Vahle, who 20 years ago were Bob and Dirk, macho TV chopper pilots competing for video of OJ slow-speed chase.

Supporters of High Line concept hold wake for a historic LA River bridge

Supporters of the Figueroa-Riverside Bridge hold a wake to mourn the historic bridge's imminent demise.

Assemblyman Mike Gatto's vintage license plates are stamped out

California Assemblyman answers a listener's question about the new vintage license plates.

Off-Ramp fails in blatant attempt to cash in on #HiddenCash frenzy

Rabe leaves free money at a famous local store, is bitter nobody bothered to go get it.

Voter turnout solution? Vote and you could win $1M!

Fernando Guerra is fed up with low voter turnout and pushed a radical proposal to increase turnout: everybody who casts a ballot would be eligible to win a million dollars!

The pros and cons of a billion-dollar facelift for the LA River

We compare the new $1b plan to revamp the LA River with Washington DC's rehabilitation of the Anacostia River, now a popular watering hole on both sides of the aisle.

'China Dolls,' 'Forbidden City' explore long-gone nightclub scene

Two new books — Lisa See's "China Dolls" and Arthur Dong's "Forbidden City" — explore the exciting world of San Francisco's Chinese-American club scene in the '30s and '40s.

Orson Bean, self-confessed "geezer," onstage at Geffen Playhouse

John Rabe talks with Bean, one of the last of the old school Hollywood raconteurs, about "Death of the Author," his father getting bitten during a panty raid, and being Calvin Coolidge's cousin.

Fans to rally June 1 to tell Dodgers and TWC to cut it out

John Rabe talks with LA Times columnist Chris Erskine about the rally planned Sunday, June 1, to urge the Dodgers and Time Warner Cable to solve the TV snafu.

Zoey Tur: 'Where are the transgender news anchors?'

John Rabe continues his candid interviews with Zoey Tur, the former hyper-macho helicopter pilot Bob Tur, now just weeks away from her final surgery and hoping to return to TV.

Marc Maron on gentrification, breakups and how WTF saved his life

John Rabe goes to LA's Highland Park neighborhood to talk with Marc Maron about his memoir "Attempting Normal," which is just about to celebrate its 500th episode.

LA Chamber Orchestra maestro moots major/minor myth

Jeffrey Kahane, the music director of the LA Chamber Orchestra, has been giving us a classical ABC. This time, he plays some exceptions to a musical myth.