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

You haven't got a box big enough for singer Baby Dee

Singer Baby Dee - playing Fri., Sept. 2 at the Fonda Theatre - is probably the only tree surgeon, church organist, tricycle-riding harpist you'll ever hear playing the accordion.

The Los Angeles Arboretum's lake is filled with sludge

Baldwin Lake ran 12 to 15 feet deep in its heyday, but now the average depths sits around 30 inches. Arboretum officials say it doesn't have to be that way.

As wildfires rage, students at firefighting magnet school in El Sereno learn the basics

15-year-old Matthew Ruiz, one of the 28 kids in Wilson High's firefighting magnet: "Those fires look kind of crazy, and I want to get out there, but I'm not old enough. I can't wait til I'm older so I can actually do something."

Farewell Summit Inn, a haven for road-trippers and hotrodders

Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with Bobby Green about the Summit Inn, which burned down Tuesday in the Blue Cut fire.

Los Angeles, this beer hotline's for you

Just call 1-855-LA-BEERS, and if you're lucky, a real live human being will be waiting to help bring you one beer closer to having the perfect night out.

Toast the return of the LA Rams at Tom Bergin's under a piece of Rams history

If you’re not going to the Coliseum Saturday to watch the Rams play an exhibition game against the Cowboys, the next best thing – to celebrate the team’s return and their place in LA history – would be to raise a glass and watch the game at Tom Bergin’s.

From radicals to feral cats: Downtown LA's historic empty lot

That vacant lot across from the L.A. Times is no ordinary vacant lot. It's seen at least two bombings, two famous tent cities and an untold number of feral cats.

Sand Fire: Humans and Horses evacuated

“I didn’t realized that paradise came with these risks!” John Rabe talks with a man who almost lost his house in the Sand Fire, and with some of the region's horse rescuers.

You can take photos at the Getty's new 'London Calling' exhibit

The London School was radically conservative. Conservative because they didn't go with the conceptual, abstract flow. Radical because they found new ways to tell stories with landscapes and portraits.

An octogenarian rides again on the 67-mile Backbone Trail

Ruth Gerson, 81, and Crystal, 19, will ride the 67-miles of the Backbone Trail to celebrate the opening of the trail, the fact that they can still do it, and to get more campsites built for hiker and riders.

Co-founder of Surf Punks remembers localism battles of the 60s and 70s

Dennis Dragon - who produced The Captain and Tennille! - hit it big with "My Beach" and "My Wave" in 1976, tongue-in-cheek takes on surf and turf wars.

Hidden History of LA: Is decent rent, parking reason enough to live in a murder house?

Few stories are as weird as the case of a married woman who kept her lover in the attic for decades. It didn't end well. We'll knock on the door of one of LA's most notorious murder houses.

Demonstrator on getting out of the echo chamber, into dialogue

John Rabe talks with social media influencer Richard Nevels at a demonstration outside LAPD headquarters.

Like loquats? Thank the Mexican orchard workers who saved them

If loquats had gone big, would they have changed the name of Orange County to Loquat County?

St. Thomas More's bone, half a tooth come to Los Angeles

If you saw "Wolf Hall," you might be surprised to learn Sir Thomas More is coming to L.A. Well, at least a piece of one of his bones and half a tooth, at the cathedral Friday and Saturday.