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

James Kim's new podcast 'The Competition' explores wild world of Van Cliburn contestants

It was kinda fun turning the tables on James Kim -- who is secretly competitive -- while asking him about his new podcast, which goes deep on competitions and highly competitive people.

The too-short career of installation artist and farmboy Jason Rhoades

What might you find in a Jason Rhoades installation? Bongs, a stuffed snake riding an electric train, an entire room laid out like an Ikea showroom, neon signs spelling out nicknames for the vulva, orange extension cords, restaurant shelving.

Song of the Week: LA Chamber Orchestra, Kodaly, and coffee

The people who brought you the giant inflatable rabbits and the giant musicians along the 110 bring you a coffee break Wednesday with two veteran string players from the LA Chamber Orchestra.

Song of the Week: Crying, in the rain, because Willie Nelson's Bako concerts are sold out?

Nelson wrote many great songs but "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain," a breakout hit for the singer, was written by Fred Rose back in 1947, and was first performed by Roy Acuff. It was allegedly the last song Elvis ever sang.

Simpsons' Dan Castellaneta writes, stars in play about Oscar Levant

The voice of Homer Simpson, Dan Castellaneta, is bringing a a celebrity who died in 1972 back to life in the new play "For Piano and Harpo." Who? "It's Oscar Levant, you musical ignoramus!"

Off-Ramp's Song of the Week salutes songwriter Mac Davis on his 75th birthday

Usually, Off-Ramp's Song of the Week features a local act, or a national act playing a cool local gig. But this time, we want to help a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame blow out the 75 candles on his cake.

Garrison Keillor calls impressionist Jim Meskimen and forgets the question

The words "incautiously," "rhubarb," and "behind" figure prominently in the latest celebrity interview by Off-Ramp's favorite impressionist, Jim Meskimen.

Lynne Westmore Bloom, the 'man' who painted Malibu's Pink Lady

Lynne Westmore Bloom, who died Friday at 81, wasn't going to come out as the person behind Malibu's Pink Lady until a County Supervisor assumed the prankster artist was a man.

RIP Formosa Cafe: Hollywood watering hole, touchstone for generations

The Formosa Cafe has closed after 90+ years of being a Who's Who of Hollywood history. With luck, a responsible owner will rehab it. Until then, we have the fiction and the movies it was a touchstone for.

Luther and LACMA: An amazing response from an Off-Ramp listener

Note to LACMA: Hire this guy! This is the kind of smart, nuanced, passionate view museum-goers would connect with!

Song of the Week: K-Syran's first US tour comes to LA

K-Syran's tune "Intimacy" was the official anthem of the UN's International Women’s Day in 2016, and she's making her first US tour, with a stop at The Mint on Monday.

'Elote is just corn on the cob, you hipster gabacho!' ... and 9 other Mexican foods to stop festishizing

From tacos to avocados, the OC Weekly's Gustavo Arellano starts 2017 with ten Mexican dishes that need a moratorium in the hands of hipster chefs.

Saving Lytton Savings, a mid-century modern masterpiece

We go to the iconic Lytton Savings building to hear why it shouldn't fall to the wrecking ball for another Frank Gehry project.

So long, KUSC's Rich Capparela: Classical music, without the 'strategically placed stick'

Classical DJ Rich Capparela has been bringing his "subversive" brand to the afternoon drive on KUSC for ten years; he's cutting back to Friday's only to start his "new chapter."

Song of the Week: The Muff's "That Awful Man"

"Shattuck’s sugary pop hooks and punky attitude nestled right in with the pop-punk explosion."