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

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.

'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."