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 twice been named "best local public affairs show."

Prior to his time on Off-Ramp, Rabe was KPCC's host for "All Things Considered" and the station's housing & healthcare reporter, but Off-Ramp lets him do what he loves best, and emulate one of his heroes, the late Huell Howser.

Rabe began his career as a commercial DJ 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 art curator husband, Julian Bermudez, and Irish terriers in the foothills of Mt Washington.


Stories by John Rabe

Cocktail history: The adult beverage trends of 1966

The annual holiday light show is back at the L.A. Zoo, and they're celebrating the zoo's 50th birthday with a 1966 cocktail night. So, what were people drinking 50 years ago?

Vincent Price's daughter on fear, love and 'The Fly,' at Vincent Price Art Museum

Victoria Price: "We could go down our own rabbit hole of fear, but I really feel that all of life comes down to two choices, love or fear. And one of the ways we can manifest love, is to keep making art that speaks against fear."

Chicano art champion Cheech Marin and the sublime pleasures of works on paper

Actor, comedian, and Chicano art champion Cheech Marin on his newest traveling exhibit, Papel Chicano Dos, spotlighting works on paper by young Chicano artists.

Save yourself heartache and hassle. Use KPCC's voter guide

Voting shouldn't feel like writing a term paper or doing taxes. So we've developed an online voting guide that lets you fill out your ballot at your own pace. Take it a little at a time, and before you know it, you'll be done.

An original cast member and an original fan talk 'Dark Shadows' at 50

"Dark Shadows," which debuted in 1966, was a half-hour soap opera that, at its peak, brought in 20-million viewers weekly. Its fans are legion, attracted by its unique romantic Gothic themes.

KPCC's VoterGamePlan: Efficiency expert Charles Duhigg explains why voting is like getting married

Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Duhigg explains why making a plan to vote - even the most casual of plans - greatly increases the chances you'll follow through.

#VoterGamePlan: Does Measure M stand for KPCC's Meghan McCarty?

... because she's been working hard for months to make sure you know all you need to know about the proposed transit funding measure. Meghan talks with Off-Ramp's John Rabe about how she keeps the listener in mind as she reports the story.

New host Chris Thile brings 'A Prairie Home Companion' to Pasadena

Singer, mandolin virtuoso, and frequent guest on A Prairie Home Companion becomes the host of the show October 15, taking over from its creator, Garrison Keillor. He talked about the creative challenges of his new job with Off-Ramp host John Rabe.

Off-Ramp's critics roar about 'Shin Godzilla,' the reboot of reboots

Tim Cogshell and Mike Roe say this Godzilla reboot is made for talking, and that's just what they do.

Photos! Video! KPCC journos face their fears at the LA Zoo's Boo at the Zoo

When KPCC photog Maya Sugarman got to hold a king snake, you won't believe what happened next. And will Off-Ramp host John Rabe faint when a tarantula crawls on his arm?

The Voice: David Whitfield

David Whitfield is someone you need to hear. Born in Atlanta Georgia, he’s a jazz vocalist, gospel pianist, and actor, who's toured nationally and internationally.

Disney's Moana's directors John Musker and Ron Clements

John Musker and Ron Clements are a part of your life — a part of your world — even if you don’t know their names. If you love Disney, you probably love their work.

What is yacht rock? Play "Yachtify it!" with LA band Harbor Party

"From a musical standpoint, it's removing any dissonance and replacing it with some phasers, and background harmonies, and the falsetto, and just all around good vibes," they say.

Comedian Chris Redd on Moving to LA from Chicago

Chris Redd is an actor, writer, and standup comedian. You’ve seen him as Andy Samberg's rapper nemesis Hunter the Hungry in "Popstar."

71Above: Everything at LA's tallest restaurant (even the chef) started at the bottom

Being at the top of the US Bank building, and at the mercy of the elevators, adds another layer of complexity to 71Above, the tallest restaurant in the West.