John Rabe Host, Off-Ramp
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
Artist Don Bachardy: the Isherwood connection helped him become one of America's most sought-after portrait artist. New book has dozens of Hollywood faces.
Marc Haefele tells us about Geoff Palmer, who thinks the Italians settled LA, and who lost one of his mammoth Italianate apartment blocks in a fire Monday morning.
As California governor Jerry Brown gears up for his fourth term, artist Don Bachardy talks about the portrait he made for the governor 30 years ago.
It's no longer surprising to find good restaurants and craft cocktails in downtown LA, but you will be surprised to discover what Curtis Berak has been up to in his basement since 1976.
In 1968, several parents, including Harriet Glickman and Ken Kelly, convinced Charles Schulz to create Franklin, the first black character in "Peanuts."
As Auntie Mame said, "Life's a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!" So make room for these four holiday events.
Charles Solomon talks about Disney's animated blockbuster "Big Hero 6" with two of the artists responsible for its look and its Oscar nomination: Paul Felix and Scott Watanabe.
John Rabe and organ builder Manuel Rosales take us inside the Disney Hall Organ, the iconic centerpiece of Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Three vets: one who fought the Cold War, one who survived sharks in the Pacific, and one who became a hero to Hmong refugees in the US.
We talk with a vet who wishes she’d never enlisted, but now works to help vets; another who loved her job working with Army dogs but had to stay in the closet during her service; and a couple who met in the service and are still married 47 years later.
Off-Ramp host John Rabe goes to Sonny's Hideaway in Highland Park to talk with the editors of "Drink: Los Angeles," a guide to the best beverages.
We remember the Santa Monica fixture who cut the hair of the rich and famous, the infamous ... and Off-Ramp commentator Hank Rosenfeld.
NPR veteran host Susan Stamberg remembers the genesis of NPR's "Car Talk," and the genius of Tom Magliozzi, who died Monday.
The Supreme Court Monday affirmed the rights of creators to develop characters who live in the public domain, like Sherlock Holmes, Poirot, and Tarzan.
John Rabe talks with the father of found footage, Eduardo Sanchez, who revives the genre with "Exists," a movie even the Bigfoot community can love.