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

State discounted tests showing contamination at Simi Valley development

A Simi Valley site being developed by KB Homes would eventually feature 450 homes that start around $700,000, surrounded by nature ... and, according to several tests, elevated levels of contamination.

A Martinez might have been Charlie Tuna's youngest joke writer

Take Two's A Martinez remembers when he was 11, and had his joke read by his favorite morning host, Charlie Tuna, who died last month at the age of 71.

Help kids science podcast 'Brains On!' hit its Kickstarter goal

On the Brains On! podcast, kids (and adults) learn about and get engaged with the world around them. Help Brains On! grow by contributing to its $48,000 Kickstarter campaign.

Oscars: How 'Star Wars' composer John Williams saved classical film scores

Steven Spielberg urged "Star Wars" director George Lucas to hire John Williams for the score, and thousands of studio musicians were employed for decades more, one critic says.

White ‘Straight Oughta Compton’ writers talk #OscarsSoWhite

Co-writers Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff talk about putting recent history on the big screen, #OscarsSoWhite and how to write about police brutality.

Why 'Trumbo' is actually a thriller: Writer John McNamara on Hollywood

Writer John McNamara talks the Hollywood blacklist, the Oscars and more. "The nice thing about Musso and Frank is the waiters who are rude to you were rude to F. Scott Fitzgerald."

Get lunch and an Oscars preview at Musso & Frank

Join John Rabe, Team Off-Ramp and the KPCC In Person team as we tape our Oscar preview special in a back booth at Musso & Frank, the oldest restaurant in Hollywood.

6 places to go when everyone else is watching the Super Bowl

Take advantage of one of the few times when the roads will be empty and you can go anywhere. Sanden Totten is here to help.

This KPCC voice helped launch the last showgirl act in Vegas

KPCC's Rita Pardue remembers her early days, when she was cast as a singer in the original production of "Jubilee," now the last showgirl production in Vegas.

Butch meets hyperfeminine in photographing Liz Taylor's home

Catherine Opie's photos of Elizabeth Taylor's home show a real, warm person with a sense of humor, and Opie says the gig challenged her identity.

Modernism Week returns to Palm Springs

Modernism Week is back for its 11th year in Palm Springs ... but how did Palm Springs get so much modernism in the first place?

A short master class on music writing from a New Yorker critic

Alex Ross, music writer for The New Yorker, deftly explains technical terms so that the novice can see how music works. Listen to the interview along with music clips.

LA Art Show passes critic's 'Marilyn' test

Local art critic, gallerist and curator Mat Gleason says this year's L.A. Art Show at the convention center is better focused — and has weeded out a lot of the crap.

Assemblyman Gatto proposes Parking Bill of Rights

Assemblyman Mike Gatto's "Parking Bill of Rights" would curtail valets, "bounty hunter," and fine-hungry municipalities.

Martinez and Rabe finally accept that the NFL is returning to LA

A Martinez and John Rabe on the news that the NFL Rams are coming back to Los Angeles.