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

Native Americans gave their blood to make wines in early Los Angeles

Native Americans, just freed from the tyranny of the Missions, were enslaved to work in Southern California's vineyards.

The scariest Off-Ramp ever — horror stories in the Forum

Listen to three short horror stories that rank with Poe's best, and hear John Rabe and literary historian Les Klinger explore horror fiction live at the Crawford Family Forum.

4 tips for planting a drought-tolerant garden during an El Niño

There's an El Niño on the horizon, and with it a record breaking rainy season is also on the horizon. What's a drought-conscious Angeleno to do?

The DWP's 'binary star' relationship with the city of Los Angeles

The DWP and the city are like a binary star system. They rotate around one another rather than working in sync.

EC Comics 'Tales from the Crypt' comes to life in Los Angeles

Captured Aural Phantasy Theater is the only troupe with permission to perform stories from notoriously sexy and gory EC Comics, and they're doing it at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater.

What I learned being a middle school counselor zombie for a video game

"And then, when you think it can't get worse, they bring out the contact lenses — and let me tell you, having a strange woman touching your eyeballs at 7 a.m. is less fun than it sounds."

No Jim Svejda's were harmed in the making of this fundraising spot

I have a dream in which all the public radio stations in town collaborate to foil people who turn off a station that's fundraising and switch over to one that isn't.

George Takei came out ten years ago, and his career — and life — only got better

George Takei stayed closeted into his 60s because he feared for his acting career. But what happened when he came out is one of the best second acts in American show business history.

Richard Renaldi's 'Touching Strangers' photos touch on human relationships

John Rabe talks with a street photographer who poses strangers intimately. Richard Renaldi's work is showing at Loyola Marymount University's Laband Gallery into November.

Brad Bird and the backstory to 'The Iron Giant,' with a new version screening next week

"The Iron Giant," which delighted less-than-giant audiences in 1999, is returning to find more fans. Brad Bird and Charles Solomon tell us how it got made.

NBC4's Joel Grover: How Boeing blocks cleanup of Simi Valley nuclear site

Grover explains how Boeing has blocked efforts to clean up the site of what might be America's worst nuclear accident.

Los Tigres del Norte frontman Jorge Hernandez on 48 years

Los Tigres del Norte — one of Mexico's biggest and longest running bands — has toured worldwide and sold millions of records. They play Northridge on Thursday, Oct. 1.

Kareem explores Sherlock's smarter brother in 'Mycroft Holmes'

Fans of Sherlock Holmes have written enough about their hero to fill the British Library. So Holmes aficionado Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his co-author picked the mysterious Mycroft for their first novel.

100k people have reserved tickets to see The Broad

L.A.'s newest art museum, The Broad, opens Sunday. For the first time, the public can see the blue-chip art collection of one of the city's biggest philanthropists in one place...for free.

Immigration, refugees, politics, and betrayal — it's Greek drama at the Getty Villa

"It is a bitter thing to be a woman," says Euripides' Medea. In a new adaptation at the Getty Villa, with the action moved to Boyle Heights and mixed with the woes of ambitious undocumented immigrants, it is still very bitter.