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

'Mystery Girl: Unraveled' takes us behind the scenes of Roy Orbison's masterpiece

Alex Orbison, son of the late pop icon Roy Orbison, on "Mystery Girl: Unraveled," a documentary that goes behind the scenes of the recording of Orbison's final album.

5 cool 'wearable' prototypes that might be the next Google Glass

We take you to the unveiling of five "wearable tech" prototypes -- like a data vaporizer and high-tech fingernail appliques -- that could make Google Glass obsolete. Maybe.

LA Chamber Orchestra maestro: 'It's OK to clap between movements'

Jeffrey Kahane says it's okay to applaud between movements of classical pieces if you're moved to. Which makes him a heretic, a rebel. Actually, it makes him a conservative.

Sketches from Natural History Museum's First Friday

Off-Ramp sketch artist Mike Sheehan finds First Fridays at the Natural History Museum are not sedate evenings: "At some point in the middle of this I saw a dinosaur walk by."

Getty spends $5M — first round of grants for next PST LA

The first Pacific Standard Time was reportedly worth $280 million to the local economy; Mayor Garcetti hopes PST LA/LA will bring in even more.

Brown widow v. black widow: Listener says our interview didn't make Spidey sense

... in which a listener chastises Rabe for not asking the difference between black widow and brown widow webs.

'Delicious!': Ruth Reichl's time at Gourmet mag inspires her first novel

KPCC's John Rabe talks in-depth with food writer Ruth Reichl about her debut novel, "Delicious!," in which a food prodigy from Santa Barbara comes of age at the ideal food magazine.

LA Chamber Orchestra's Jeffrey Kahane on stepping down, Bach, and the Clippers

John Rabe talks with LA Chamber Orchestra's Jeffrey Kahane about his decision to step down as LACO's musical director, and Thursday's solo concert: Bach's "Goldberg Variations."

Exclusive preview of Sci-Fest: chilling performance of an Ursula LeGuin classic

Tony-winning actor L. Scott Caldwell reads from Ursula LeGuin's "The Wife's Story" to help us preview a new festival of one-act science fiction plays.

Cool dinner theatre show for fans of Old Time Radio and sordid banned comic books

Captured Aural Phantasy to perform from a child-corrupting banned comic book at El Cid on Sunday, May 4 ... while you eat and drink.

RIP Mike Atta: Hardcore punk founder, The Middle Class guitarist

John Rabe speaks with LA Record's Chris Ziegler about Mike Atta, the guitarist for the pioneering hardcore punk band The Middle Class, who died on Easter Sunday of cancer.

Mimi Pond's 'Over Easy': Sex, drugs and gourmet omelets

John Rabe talks with Mimi Pond about her new graphic novel, which paints a vivid picture of the 1970s and a crazy diner that changed her life.

Invasive brown widow spiders pushing out black widows

UC Riverside spider expert Rick Vetter says reports of the black widow's demise in Southern California are overblown, but invasive brown widows do seem to be hurting black widow populations.

What if a Chilean surrealist filmmaker had directed 'Dune?'

A new documentary called "Jodorowsky's Dune" shows how an unmade film version of "Dune" might have made "Alien" possible.

Ford Mustang turns 50: Used Mustang salesman reflects on the iconic car's history

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang, we talk with a man who's been selling used Mustangs from the same address since 1969. Prices have gone up since then.