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

Susan Stamberg welcomed Ray and the late Tom Magliozzi to NPR

NPR veteran host Susan Stamberg remembers the genesis of NPR's "Car Talk," and the genius of Tom Magliozzi, who died Monday.

SCOTUS move frees Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan, Poirot

The Supreme Court Monday affirmed the rights of creators to develop characters who live in the public domain, like Sherlock Holmes, Poirot, and Tarzan.

Eduardo Sanchez gives Bigfoot a heart in 'Exists'

John Rabe talks with the father of found footage, Eduardo Sanchez, who revives the genre with "Exists," a movie even the Bigfoot community can love.

Hit @LosFelizDayCare Twitter feed shoots down helicopter parents

If you live in Los Feliz and send your little Tallulah or Beckett to daycare with a sack of organic carrots and a yoga mat, you might want to skip this segment.

Caitlin Doughty turns trauma into helping bring 'the good death'

John Rabe talks with Caitlin Doughty, author of "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory," on death, the Americanization of Halloween and more.

At LA fashion school, Oscar de la Renta's death brings tears

Faculty and staff at the Fashion Institute of Design and Technology in downtown Los Angeles remember Oscar de la Renta with tears, memories and inspiration.

Sole survivor of 1971 Sylmar tunnel collapse tells his story

Forty-four years later, 76-year old Ralph Brissette tells the harrowing story of the Sylmar Tunnel explosion that killed 17 of his MWD co-workers. He was the only survivor.

Sorry, but a magic unicorn won't make your pledge for you

KPCC listeners v a magic unicorn. Guess who wins?

There will be Texas beer and BBQ: LA River hero Lewis MacAdams is turning 70

Lewis MacAdams takes Off-Ramp on a tour of the L.A. River as he nears his 70th birthday and a huge celebration of his accomplishments as founder of FoLAR, Friends of the LA River.

Sportstalker Petros Papadakis — radio's loudest, maybe smartest host

John Rabe talks with Petros Papadakis, former singing waiter, captain of the USC football team, English major, color commentator and co-host of sports radio's Petros and Money.

'Perfidia' — James Ellroy's retelling of the Japanese internment

Novelist James Ellroy meets KPCC's John Rabe in a jail cell to talk his new novel, "Perfidia," set in L.A. in the weeks around the beginning of the internment of Japanese-Americans.

Tintin on acid: Charles Burns ends dark trilogy with 'Sugar Skull'

An interview about his new graphic novel in which Charles Burns says, "...my sweltering, swelling, itching brain ... hasn't changed at all."

Reporter Sharon McNary tests the 3-foot bike rule

Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with KPCC's Sharon McNary about the new law requiring California drivers to give bicyclists 3-feet of space when passing.

LA Heat Wave: We're collecting 'It's So Hot ... ' jokes

It's so hot ... that even public radio is trying to be funny. Help us out! If you have a joke, share it with us on social media: #ItsSoHot

Kenturah Davis weaves words into art in Leimert Park

Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with LA artist Kenturah Davis about her exhibit of drawings, "Narratives and Meditations," at Papillion Art in Leimert Park in South LA.