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
John Rabe talks with Mike Sheehan, Off-Ramp's sketch artist, about what he can capture with his pen that can't be captured by the camera.
John Rabe talks with Mythbuster Kari Byron, who's in town to help open Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition, at the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana.
KPCC staffers try two of the mental tests doctors gave Clippers owner Donald Sterling as part of their examination into whether he has Alzheimer's Disease.
Sophia Loren and 400 of her closest friends are in Napa next weekend for her 80th birthday. LA restauranteur Piero Selvaggio is cooking something special.
A listener sends in a great recording of fireworks from his North Long Beach rooftop.
As AnimeExpo descends on LA, Roland Kelts talks about how shifting demographics in Japan are leading to a change in how anime and manga are developed and marketed.
Landon Beard, Harbor Party's lead singer, says yacht rock (The Doobies and Eagles, Steely Dan) may seem fluffy, but the tunes are complex and surprisingly difficult to play.
John Rabe talks with new NPR President Jarl Mohn, who has been a top radio DJ, a guiding force at MTV and VH1, and now promises to raise the kind of money NPR deserves.
Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with Piero Selvaggio, owner and founder of Valentino Restaurant in Santa Monica. The 42-year old restaurant is one of the birthplaces of the Food Revolution.
Brando Skyhorse, author of "The Madonnas of Echo Park," talks with John Rabe about his new memoir, "Take This Man," which details his often-awful upbringing in Echo Park.
Off-Ramp's John Rabe, who sometimes makes things up, imagines what it might be like to talk with Mayor Eric Garcetti about dropping his first public obscenity.
Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with Zoey Tur and Dana Vahle, who 20 years ago were Bob and Dirk, macho TV chopper pilots competing for video of OJ slow-speed chase.
Supporters of the Figueroa-Riverside Bridge hold a wake to mourn the historic bridge's imminent demise.
California Assemblyman answers a listener's question about the new vintage license plates.
Rabe leaves free money at a famous local store, is bitter nobody bothered to go get it.