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

50 years later, Culver City honors first female marathoner

Merry Lepper, now 71, accepts a commendation from Culver City for breaking distance running's glass ceiling in 1963.

50 years later: Remembering the Baldwin Hills Dam collapse

On December 14, 1963 the dam in front of the Baldwin Hills reservoir broke. Rhea Coskey lost her home in the flood, and for the first time in 50 years, she's ready to talk about it.

King Taco: Critic Jonathan Gold on what it means to LA

With the passing of founder Raul Martinez Sr. this week, the Pulitzer-winning critic tells Off-Ramp's John Rabe why King Taco is important to LA.

Who flocks Christmas trees anymore? These festive guys

Sure, the snow is fake, but it looks fabulous. And Christmas tree flocking is something of an art. One 20-year veteran of the business shows us how it's done.

TV stars tell holiday stories at 'Once Upon a Christmas'

"I would run my sticky fingers across images that seemed to be beamed from some magical, alternative universe where people gave dinner parties and owned patio furniture."

U.K. choreographer Matthew Bourne updates 'Sleeping Beauty' with ... vampires?

The London choreographer known for making ballet accessible and exciting opens his rule-breaking version of Tchaikovsky's classic ballet Thursday in L.A.

'Mythbusters' Adam Savage Q&A: What myth does he wish was true?

Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with half of the Mythbusters, Adam Savage, about fire drills, science education and injecting hot pepper under his skin.

Sorry, twerk and bitcoin, selfie is Oxford's Word of the Year

The people who bring us the Oxford English Dictionary say the Australian-coined word "selfie" increased in use 17,000 times over the last year.

JFK assassination 50 years later: Rosalind Wyman recalls happier times (archival photos)

In 1960, the then-Los Angeles City Councilwoman got President John F. Kennedy to the Coliseum. Then she had to persuade a GOP supporter to host him ... and 1,500 friends.

LA Kitchen's job training for ex-cons, foster kids

Robert Egger will open L.A. Kitchen in Lincoln Heights to offer job training for aged-out foster kids and people returning from prison, and also to provide healthy meals to seniors.

Mark Lacter, LA business reporter and KPCC contributor, dies

Mark Lacter, KPCC contributor and the author of business blog LA Biz Observed, has passed away. He was 59. Lacter died after suffering a stroke Wednesday.

Amazon: Fullerton man's Holocaust memoir 'Best of 2013'

Amazon put "The Boy on the Wooden Box," by the late Leon Leyson of Fullerton, at the top of its "best of 2013" list. Leyson was youngest person on the real Schindler's List.

Martin Mull paints dreams of suburbia 'you didn't know you had' (photos)

Actor/artist Martin Mull opens a new collection of paintings Bob Odenkirk describes as "stunning, moving, and strange. It makes you feel like you're watching a dream you didn't know you had."

New LACMA exhibit reveals French filmmaker Agnès Varda in 1968 LA

"The minute I came to LA I liked it very much," she recalls. "The palm trees, the ocean. What was happening here in '67 was incredible."

Amazing table tennis trick shots captured on video

Spain's Josep Antón Velázquez's wins the international competition for the best trick shot in table tennis.