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

'Where They Raced' — New doc tells LA's forgotten auto racing history

A new documentary shows us how auto racing is intimately tied to L.A.'s history, and how your daily commute might be taking you down the straightaway or a Dead Man's Curve of a long-defunct racetrack.

Super Bowl XLVIII: Guelaguetza's Bricia Lopez on guacamole done right

You've probably heard by now that Superbowl weekend is high season for the avocado — the closest thing California has to an official state food. Here's two guacamole recipes from Guelaguetza's Bricia Lopez.

Baca's longtime PIO reveres his boss, remembers his own days as 'young punk'

KPCC's Frank Stoltze: "You know, you could be a little mean at times." Sheriff's PIO Steve Whitmore: "That's very true, and I apologize for that."

Sex and the City Zoo: Knowing how animals breed is vital and earthy

The sexual practices of flamingos, tapirs, rhinos and chimps might explain our urges, but you probably don't want to emulate them.

Hockey at Dodger Stadium: A show with everything but Yul Brynner

Hockey writer Helene Elliott says Saturday's Kings-Ducks matchup at Dodger Stadium will be a spectacle, but it will also be a great, real hockey game.

LA's love-hate relationship with the palm tree

We talk with Kevin Roderick, who has reached his palm tree tipping point, and Frank McDonough, an actual expert in palms, and who still loves the ubiquitous transplant.

UPDATED: MOCA names Philippe Vergne new museum director

Los Angeles's Museum of Contemporary Art named Philippe Vergne its new museum director late Wednesday evening. He will succeed Jeffrey Deitch, who resigned Sept. 1.

Smash hit podcast 'Welcome to Night Vale' comes to LA and Off-Ramp

John Rabe talks with Joseph Fink of the hit podcast "Welcome to Night Vale," about a small desert town that might be run by aliens of a shadow government. The show is coming to LA.

The Black Dahlia at 67: Archival photos from an unsolved mystery

View historical photos of the notorious case drawn from the now-defunct L.A. Herald-Examiner newspaper, which covered the sensational story in 1947.

Barry McGovern finally brings one-man Beckett show to LA

For 30 years, actor Barry McGovern has been performing "I'll Go On," a distillation of three Samuel Beckett novels, as a one-man show around the world. He's now brought it to LA for the first time.

Where's Bruce? Giant martial arts hero disappears from Highland Park restaurant

What happened to the 8-foot Bruce Lee that used to grace a Japanese restaurant in Highland Park?

Northridge Quake at 20: 'The epicenter's in my backyard'

Joe Sauer has reason to remember the Northridge Earthquake of Jan. 17, 1994: The epicenter was literally close to home.

PHOTOS: LA County Sheriffs through the years

Commentator Marc Haefele considers Sheriff Baca's odd and sudden departure, and we look at other colorful sheriffs in LA County's past.

Want a date? Learn to make classic cocktails!

John Rabe takes the Crawford Family Forum on the road and learns lessons about the classic cocktail trend (it came late to LA) and how to make a really good Martini.

Disney Hall organ spectacular a lesson for the arts: Engage!

... In which Rabe claims that a simple organ performance at Disney Hall turned into money for the arts and a future for classical music.