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

How Hollywood productions disrupted the city 100 years ago

The L.A. City Archivist opens his files to show us how the city dealt with the unregulated movie industry's location shoots a hundred years ago.

Frida Kahlo photo archive now at Museum of Latin American Art

MoLAA in Long Beach is the only West Coast museum to exhibit the recently unsealed photo archive of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

Help for out-of-town journos: How to write a Garcetti puff piece

LA Weekly writer Hillel Aron extends a helping hand for the poor out-of-town journalist assigned to profile Mayor Eric Garcetti.

New YouTube series 'The Impression Guys' includes a rare breed: female impressionists

John Rabe talks with the cast of "The Impression Guys," a YouTube series that also includes two female impressionists who say their ranks are growing.

Steve Soboroff snags EM Forster typewriter for $11,401

Steve Soboroff adds yet another typewriter to his collection: one used by E.M. Forster, the British author who wrote "A Passage to India" and more.

A story with bounce: Disney artist catches baby falling from window

When Konrad Lightner saw a baby dangerously close to a third-story window, he just happened to have a mattress with him. You can guess what happened next.

City archives show how LA banned incinerators to fight smog

Peer over backyard walls and fences and you can still sometimes see one of the main air pollution culprits: the backyard incinerator. And you can trace their demise through the city archives.

From Off-Ramp to SXSW: Mateo Stoneman, the Anglo mariachi

One thing stays the same about Mateo Stoneman through all the twists and turns of his story, from New Hampshire to prison to Olvera Street to Cuba — his musicianship.

Huell Howser's 29 Palms getaway sells for $650,000 (update)

The beloved TV host's desert hideway went to an anonymous buyer for cash after receiving multiple offers, according to a real estate agent handling the sale.

Rabe calls for new creative heroes, moratorium on the usual suspects

Hunter S. Thompson, Kerouac, Bukowski, Kahlo ... okay, we get it. They were cool. Now, get off your duff, people, and help us find some new artists to write about.

Pop-art icon Wayne Thiebaud tells his story in 2 SoCal exhibits

We talk with pop-art icon Wayne Thiebaud, now 93, subject of two new SoCal exhibits. He's known for paintings of baked goods, and says he's happy to be known as "the old pie man."

Kristen Bell in 'Veronica Mars' parody video, gives cameo SPOILER!

Kristen Bell and John Rabe star in a new "Veronica Mars" parody video, and Bell reveals the shocking truth behind the movie's cameos.

Live from Crawford Family Forum: Robert Hilburn on Johnny Cash

Robert Hilburn, the only music writer at the Folsom Prison concert, tells an audience at the Crawford Family Forum the real Johnny Cash story.

Kristen Bell on 'Veronica Mars,' the 'pederazzi' and the Oscars

John Rabe talks with the "Veronica Mars" star about making the movie version of her hit show, seven years later, and the scourge of paparazzi who target celebs' kids.

Meet East LA's El Haru Kuroi

KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez crashes a rehearsal by El Haru Kuroi, an East L.A. band with musical roots in Mexico, South America, and Africa.