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
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.
If you live in Los Feliz and send your little Tallulah or Beckett to daycare with a sack of organic carrots and a yoga mat, you might want to skip this segment.
John Rabe talks with Caitlin Doughty, author of "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory," on death, the Americanization of Halloween and more.
Faculty and staff at the Fashion Institute of Design and Technology in downtown Los Angeles remember Oscar de la Renta with tears, memories and inspiration.
Forty-four years later, 76-year old Ralph Brissette tells the harrowing story of the Sylmar Tunnel explosion that killed 17 of his MWD co-workers. He was the only survivor.
KPCC listeners v a magic unicorn. Guess who wins?
Lewis MacAdams takes Off-Ramp on a tour of the L.A. River as he nears his 70th birthday and a huge celebration of his accomplishments as founder of FoLAR, Friends of the LA River.
John Rabe talks with Petros Papadakis, former singing waiter, captain of the USC football team, English major, color commentator and co-host of sports radio's Petros and Money.
Novelist James Ellroy meets KPCC's John Rabe in a jail cell to talk his new novel, "Perfidia," set in L.A. in the weeks around the beginning of the internment of Japanese-Americans.